The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Ascend.
Yesterday’s post showed the steps that are built as streets in hill towns in Tuscany, such as Massa Marittima. Today, I’m looking to what Nature provides in allowing us to ascend to great heights.
One of the mountains near to where I live is Mount Monadnock. This mountain featured in the writings of transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson. The word ‘monadnock’ is from the Abenaki language and means mountain that stands alone, which it truly does as it rises well above all the surrounding landscape. Mt. Monadnock is a nice climb, as there are numerous approaches that are not exceedingly difficult, but still enough of a challenge to add interest to a hike.
Here’s one of the paths going up Monadnock…
This photo was from a day, when I went climbing with my good friend George. We hoped to get a nice view of the surrounding landscape, but were disappointed, as the summit was shrouded by dense clouds!
As I feel a bit inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge’s theme of Wanderlust, I figure that I’ll share some of my travel and wandering about images over the next couple of days.
In this 3rd episode, I’d like to take a little twist on the Wanderlust theme and bring in the concept of Wanderlost, as there are times when I allow myself to get lost in order to really enjoy the paths that I have not traversed before. It’s quite enjoyable for me to not always know what to expect around the next bend, as I explore and can be genuinely surprised by what I find.
Sometimes this means that I literally cannot see what lies ahead, as in this case…
When fellow photographer, George Fellner, and I decided to hike mount Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire, we expected to get a view from its 3,165 foot top. As we started getting up a little higher, our path started looking foggier and foggier, as you can see in this image. By the time we got to the top, visibility was about 10-15 feet, as we were surrounded by low-hanging clouds. It was a wonderful hike, with an outcome that neither of us expected.
The amazing part of this experience was how wonderful it felt to be embraced by the clouds and experience the stillness atop Monadnock, as if we were in a sensory deprivation tank. Very meditative!