Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mountains Make It Better

Taken near Saskatchewan River Crossing on the Banff-Jasper Parkway just inside Banff National Park. Click, enlarge, enjoy.

I find mountains calming. They have a grounding energy and a quiet, graceful deliberateness that counteracts all the rushing about, worry, stress, and silly need for constant contact we have in our world today.

Give me a lonesome day in the fresh air surrounded by trees and a mountain to sit with and I am happy.

What about you? What brings you peace?


Miz said...

your word choice as always makes me smile.
Last night a friend and I had a long debate about the word lonesome (and some chatting about the word ALONE as well).
She sees it as 100% negative.
Not I.
and, it seems, not you either.

Hilary said...

Sunshine and water works for me. Though I have no doubt that if I were to live near such beauty, those mountains would sure do it for me too. Beautiful!

Leah J. Utas said...

Lonesome's much too poetic a word to be negative, MizFit. Good to know others see that, too. Glad I made you smile.

Hilary, I can understand sun and water. They're very calming.


solarity said...

Water is my favorite. But combine water and mountains for a double whammy.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Leah J. Utas said...

Hello Mary Anne in Kentucky, mountains and water are a wonderful combo.

the Bag Lady said...

Love that photo, dfLeah! Mountains do have a calming effect. They also make me feel my problems are insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, df Bag Lady. They do put life in perspective.

Reb said...

You might as well have phrased that as "click, enlarge and eat your heart out"! Mountains are the best for calming and as Sis said putting things into perspective. Sitting in sunshine somewhere quiet with trees and maybe water works too.

Lovely as always dear cousin.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. Sitting in sunshine is great and even better when propped against a friendly tree.
But mountains, well, they're the best.
I hope seeing the pics helps.

Thomma Lyn said...

Yup, you sound like me. :) Poison ivy or no, nothing can keep me off my mountain. I'm going for another hike tomorrow.

I love the mountains. There is nothing like the peace, serenity, and simultaneous calm and rejuvenation to be enjoyed there. And yes, sun and water -- I particularly love the sound of flowing water.

A beautiful photo as always! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thomma Lynn, that's exactly it, rejunvenation.
Oh, to be by a mountain stream.

I hope your poison ivy clears up soon.
Glad you like the pic.

Barbara Martin said...

Leah, I'm on the same spirit trail as you: mountains are the best.

Leah J. Utas said...

Great to have you along, Barbara.