"Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of Nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature's sources never fail."
--- JOHN MUIR
In this view from Glacier National Park's "Going to the Sun Road" is the area called The Loop, where the road does a 380 degree turn as it heads towards Logan's Pass, the highest point in the Park.
The dead trees in the foreground are the unfortunate result of a stupid camper's fire which devastated a large portion of the Park over a decade ago.
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eldancer1 (32033) 2013-10-06 8:56
Look more like a painting than a photograph. Beautiful scene but is this place and you covered with snow right now? I like the soft colors. Good details. Well done, tfs.
claudeD (35453) 2013-10-06 9:29
Hello Ray, I like this panoramic view very much. Excellent composition and fine colors. Like a painting.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
gervaso (11954) 2013-10-06 19:09
These plants make a beautiful and interesting effect in the image and also give depth to it! Wonderful job! It looks like a painting!
Noel_Byrne (27396) 2013-10-07 8:45
Like a view into Middle Earth, I half expect to see the tower of Sauron off in the distance. Amazing that a decade later the trees have not grown back yet, I would have thought they would grow back quickly in the ash rich ground. The tones and colors throughout this are really beautiful.
All the best
delpeoples (55090) 2013-10-07 16:49
What a beautiful piece of writing to accompany this spectacular landscape. The plays of light on the faraway hills are true magic and the textures, sadly enhanced by the stupidity of a man starting a bushfire are both terrifying and yet mesmerising. As someone all too well-acquainted with the concept of bushfire, this photo gives me shivers. An excellent contribution, both beautiful and thought-provoking.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2013-10-08 20:01
Ray, an impressionism painting here with marvelous colors and natural shades...the way you composed your picture to show the endless horizon is fabulous!!
compliments on your work, thank you very much for your friendship...I returned the invitation!!
all the best
daddo (25807) 2013-10-10 15:17
Hi Ray. Delicate treatment of a grand subject. The almost "faded"colours and soft definition give this scene a dreamlike quality. Regards. Klaudio.
mcmtanyel (16625) 2013-10-11 21:15
Yes, I like how the eye can follow the gorge snaking through the framem but believe it or not, I like the aesthetic effects of the fire of your stupid camper, how the dead trees stick out like toothpicks. Don't get me wrong, I do not approve of stupidity that leads to forest fires, but it looks like you made the best out of a sad situation in this photo.