Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains, 1

FOR OPENERS — my very favorite mountain picture. The Catalinas in Tucson, Arizona, in a smiling sunset mood:

Other mountains, other moods to follow in due course —

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28 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains, 1

  1. gorgeous hues in this photo. well done.

  2. Patti Kuche says:

    Fabulous photo of such a beautiful landscape . . .

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Patti. It was an incredible privilege to spend a month with those mountains in our backyard —
      Here in Western Massachusetts what are called “mountains” are in fact little bumps! (Still nice, just not Mountains, with a capital M!)

  3. Pauline says:

    The play of light and shadow is pure poetry!

  4. Stef says:

    This reminds me of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Beautiful.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I loved painting when I tried it. But it’s so difficult to learn and command sufficient technique to translate the vision onto a canvas!
      It’s a lot simpler with photography, so that’s where I am. (Not that it’s easy even in photography, but it’s easIER —)

  5. barb19 says:

    That is a beautiful photograph – the colours are warm and soft, just gorgeous!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Barb.
      The mountains, while always impressive, are ever-changing (part of their fascination). There was only one moment when it looked like this, at least only one moment when I was there to catch it.
      I appreciate your coming by and commenting!

  6. I was really sad not to have any photos that fitted this theme. There are some amazing ones around & I love this!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      And I don’t think — where you live — you can exactly walk outside and snap one!
      On the other hand, I bet you don’t have bears in the garden either. Picturesque, yes — but SCAREE.
      Thanks so much for commenting, Julia!

    • Stef says:

      Could one assume some ‘liberty’ with the definition of mountain? (As we did with the definition of “broken”.) I know I have some mountains of laundry at my house that you can photograph! 😉

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Absolutely, Stef!
        But I am nothing if not generous: your laundry, your photograph!
        I look forward to seeing it, and a witty word or two to accompany it, no doubt 🙂

  7. shellriver says:

    Beautiful! It’s quite similar to a watercolor painting…lovely!

  8. Susan says:

    Wow! Pauline said it — pure poetry. Magnificent photograph. I’d like to be right there right now!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Well —
      That was taken in April, and it was heavenly to be in a warm desert country while New England shivered in winter —
      But it’s mighty hot in Arizona now!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. BTW, your mountain photos are epic!

  9. tms says:

    Turner? Constable? Classic landscape painters indeed come to mind, as was noticed before. It is not the worst thing for a picture to refer to other pictures, and I particularly like this “inter-pictoriality” in photographs since it proves that they can show much more than just what was there. I appreciate it!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thank you indeed, Tobias! Tall cotton —

      What you term “inter-pictoriality” (did you coin that word?) was much practiced AND much appreciated in painting until last century at least. It probably still is, in some circles.
      But I hadn’t thought about photography in that way until you suggest it right now. As usual, you leave me — all of us — with ideas to think about.

      (I love Turner, and did in fact think about him — not when I took the photo itself — but when it was uploaded — downloaded????— on the computer and I was surprised at this unexpected dimension. Thereby demonstrating your point? Or not.)

      • tms says:

        “In some circles” — I am pretty sure Gerhard Richter still works in this field.
        However, if we believe that literary history is a matter of writing AND reading, that texts refer to other texts — and we draw pleasure from this fact — why should the visual arts be any different? I should think that no matter what artists think they want, they cannot close their eyes to their colleagues’ works and cannot help being influenced in one way or another.

      • Touch2Touch says:

        I am not familiar with Richter’s works — I ought to pay more attention because I know he’s considered major.
        What I was thinking of, in terms of literary texts, was how in medieval times (I am referring most specifically to Chaucerian England), “originality” was a no-no in commanding respect and acceptance for a text. Much more important was grounding in an accepted text-authority, to the point where Chaucer, tongue-in-cheek, once makes up a mock “lytle boke” which he cites as his “authority” for his particular text. Reference to other texts was essential then.
        By the time we’re well in the 20th century, that’s all been reversed. Novelty carries the day and any hint of reference to previous texts is trumpeted as plagiarism.
        In more cynical moments I think that writers — and artists as well — during the last fifty years or sol do anything to get attention and authority by being as different as possible from what’s gone before. (This would account for a lot of craziness in some works of literature or art, wouldn’t it.)
        Maybe that tide has gradually ebbed, and there is a new fullness coming in, in which history — previous texts, previous paintings — is regarded less as a theft and once again as a source of richness, pleasure, even playfulness. Maybe.
        (Apologies for a long-winded response; you sure triggered a reaction!!!)

        Many many thanks as always for your thoughtful contributions.

  10. Between these Rocky mountains and the beautiful, green Appalachian mountains, we are lucky to have so much natural beauty within our country. I had a special treat of seeing the majestic beauty both of these mountain ranges held this summer. Thank you for having this post to remind me of my beautiful trip! 🙂

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