"Do you know the origin of that word 'saunter'?
It's a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply: "A la sainte terre, to the Holy Land". And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not 'hike' through them."
--- JOHN MUIR
John Muir lived up to his doctrine. He was ususally the last man to reach camp. He never hurried. He stopped to get acquainted with individual trees along the way. He would hail people passing by and make the get down on hands and knees if necessary to see the beauty of some little bed of almost microscopic flowers. Usually he appeared at camp with some new flowers in his had and a little piece of fir bough in his buttonhole.
In this image along Rock Creek are Goldenrods, Indian Paintbrush, and Lupine. Best seen when sauntering...
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Noel_Byrne (25598) 2014-05-18 9:09
Beautiful combination of colors here,and nicely composed to include the shimmering water beside it too. Your photo has the feeling of a painting about it, I can quite easily imagine this as a Monet work. Interesting note too, cheers.
All the best
Silvio1953 (125443) 2014-05-18 9:14
Ciao Ray, lovely composition with a lot of beautiful flowers, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
fritzi007 (6941) 2014-05-18 13:53
beautiful colors, very good information, very well done, congratulations!Thanks for sharing,
williewhistler (14757) 2014-05-19 4:09
I must say that I roundly agree with John Muir and find your interesting note almost as enjoyable as this nicely composed and well presented shot.
You have made good use of the diagonals to give the colourful image drama and lots of interesting detail.
serp2000 (40920) 2014-05-20 10:05
In thumbnail it looks like a spring photo, but I see the Autumn date. Anyway excellent diagonal composition, good capture of the water expression, I just can imagine the sound of this creek.
Best wishes from Ural!
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2014-05-20 18:35
Ray, a very interesting note and a very beautiful image!! so nice to see natural life under the ice and the snow...magnificent colors and these wildflowers are a joy to see trying to show their presence in the most fascinating way!!