Clouds, ferns, and the In-between

20 mountain side from top

Standing up from crags and clay
The peaks of earth
In full display
They break the lines
That break the sky
That’s full of life
Full of life

8 clouds and mountain ranges

The dynamic range of beauty to be found on mountain hikes is what draws me to these journeys for recreation and relaxation. I come not only for the thrill of a clear view of sky and the surrounding land that crowns these upward treks, but for the tiny flowers, shimmering rocks, and small creatures that humbly and beautifully dwell alongside the majesty of mountain range vistas overhung by heavily floating clouds.

12 flowers & mntn range

The chaos of creation’s dance
A tapestry, a symphony
Of life himself
Of love herself
It’s written in our very skin

1 leaves of gold

4 white flowers

6 white flowers

16 spiny caterpillar

17 fern

28 hollow tree detail

26 inside hollow tree

23 green caterpillar

22 green caterpillar

15 butterfly, bee,flower

33 FL trail fungi

19 daddy long legs

19.2 many hued wood

13 mntns & lake below

All praises to the One who made it all

Who made it all
All praises to the One who made it all
And finds it beautiful

(Gungor, “Crags and Clay“)

These photos were taken on the trail up Whiteside Mountain, in the Nantahala Forest.If you’re ever there, and want a short (about two miles round trip), not-too-rigorous hike with a great view, I’d highly recommend it.


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