The mountain photographer is interpreting the face of nature — that mysterious infinity, eternally a refuge, a reservoir, an amplifier of the spirit; a mother of dreams; a positive though elusive voice in whose depth lies its subtlety. They will interpret best who are never so content as when under the influence of situations where silence is rich in the mute assurance and beauty of mountain surroundings. The quality of emotional knowing has a finer integration with our spirit than anything that comes from barren intellectual processes. This point of view only accumulates slowly, out of long experience and contact with wordless influences. Under the spell of solitude and of natural beauty the root system of this kind of awareness establishes itself.
— Galen Rowell
in short, this is why i moved back to Colorado. the massive vistas, the solitude to calm (or perhaps facilitate?) my existential angst, the face of nature, the mountain light…
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