LAPC#222 – Mountains are Calling

Amy is our host this week, and she hopes we will share our joy and pleasure of visiting/climbing  mountains. I know many of us are mountain lovers, so we are looking forward to seeing your responses! Be sure to link to Amy’s original post and use the Lens-Artists tag.

In the mountains, there you feel free.

– T. S. Eliot

Let’s start close to home, in Scandinavia, with green summer mountains…

…blue glaciers and

mocca coloured, volcanic Iceland. They are calling to me with their special light and fresh air.

The Canary Islands offer more than beaches, we usually hike the mountain areas. Pico de las Nieves in the faraway clouds, and the pinnacle in the middle is called Roque del Fraile (monk)

On top of the world is the Himalayas, an impressive mountain range. Here seen from northern Bhutan.

More from the Himalayas, now seen from the Tibetan Plateau, where we went by train to Lhasa.

A holy lake in Tibet. The landscape is vast and it took some time for my son to walk down to the water. Lower mountains here, but still impressive. The clouds seemed to hang right above us, almost touchable, and the contrasts were bright in the thin air. This is about 3000-4000 meters above sea level.

The mountain meadows of Switzerland are a haven of summer flowers in July. I think this image shows the essense of this week’s challenge – “The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

Hiking mountains is so much more than the spectacular views – it is meeting other hikers, photographing flowers, animals, and different landscapes.

Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.

― Jeffrey Rasley

Many of us seek the mountains to be alone. To shut out the world and just BE. Silence is rare in this world.

Go where you feel most alive.

– Unknown

So, mountains are calling me because of their beauty, for peace of mind and soul…for moving my body at a pace that suits me, for spending time in the glory of nature. And for photography.

I will finish with other ways of loving mountains… bungyjumping, kiteflying, skiing, rafting, aso…today there are endless activities to try in the mountains if hiking is not your thing. In New Zealand you can get it all.

I cannot thank you enough for last week’s explosion in flowers! You sent us just what I had hoped for – an abundance of glorious flowers! For once, you could indulge in lovely flower images without regret (!), and many of you pointed out the impossibility in chosing favourites – because we love them all! ♥

Next week, John will host LAPC #223. Be sure to visit his site for loads of inspiration. Until then, stay safe and be kind.

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  2. I love all your all inclusive look at mountains majesty, activity, tranquility, and even the diversity. Again I love how you keep people in your photos to gain the true perspective. I love wildflowers in Switzerland, And the soaring of the parasail.

  3. Your Scandinavian opener looks like paradise to me. I don’t suppose it’s warm but one can dream. And those Himalayan shots are definitely the stuff of dreams! Awe inspiring places you’ve been, hon.

  4. You have captured perfectly just how majestic mountains are, and how diverse their beauty is. When it comes to the Canary Islands, I mostly heard of the beaches, so thank you for introducing me to the mountains there. The monk-like rock looks very cool.

  5. Great photos from everywhere! I love the banner shot. I was hiking in Austria one time, struggling up steep narrow trails, and when I got to the top there were all these cattle sprawled about. They apparently knew an easier way up! 🙂

  6. So many beautiful mountain views! I recognise that church in Iceland 😀 And I loved seeing the Himalaya shots as I’m on my way to Nepal hoping to see them there!

  7. I so miss being within sight of mountains, but these pictures refresh my soul. The image with the purple flowers in the foreground (they’re not crocus are they?) is a wonder.

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  9. Stunning photos of these mountains. I remember the thin air when I was in the altiplano of Peru. Ann Christine you have also included some beautiful flowers in these mountains. Beautiful!

    • Thank you, Anne – so glad you liked them! And Peru, yes, you felt the thin air too. We flew directly from Lima to Puno, and I had caught a cold in Lima…so I could not stay up the first day, but had to lie in bed to adjust to the thin air. Scary. Never had that trouble before. You made it OK?

  10. Beautiful photos, Ann-Christine! I especially liked your pictures of the Himalayas and the three at the end of your post. Yes, many of us venture to the mountains to experience the peace and quiet there.

  11. Spectacular view mountain ranges from Scandinavia… to New Zealand. Can’t imagine living under the majestic mountains in Scandinavia. I love how you captured all the activities, the last image made me smile. Thank you for sharing, AC!

  12. I loved every one of these photos Ann-Christine. The greenery and flowers are lovely. I now have seen a Glacier end for the first time up close, so beautiful 🙂 🙂

  13. Such beauty shown in so many ways Ann-Christine. I especially loved your images with people enjoying the mountain vistas. Somehow your images reminded me of the beauty seen in the movie The Sound Of Music. I could just see Julie Andrews twirling around enjoying many of them. You have see so many different mountains – including the Himalayas. Lucky you! Clearly you’ve made the most of all of them.

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