We were traveling east of Washington’s Cascade Range when we made the decision to go near the Canadian border and check out some roads we have never set foot on. It was fantastic, felt desolate and beautiful. The day was warm, enough so that snakes were coming out of their holes to sun themselves on the pavement. The air was filled with intoxicating aromas of spring sage, the sky was graced with floating cumulus clouds and plenty of crisp blueness. The whole place was just breathing with life and we had big smiles on our faces.
I really loved the gentle folds in this sage covered hillside and of course the lone ponderosa pine. But what really was the icing on the cake was the light. As the clouds moved across the face of the glowing sun the landscape changed by the second. I had my Sony a900 camera on the tripod with the fantastic Minolta 200mm 2.8 APO lens and made several composition as the light played on the hillside. This one is one of the favorites.
As we slowly meandered and enjoyed the landscapes we were just filled with awe and inspiration. So much majesty and splendor. Yes, we would love to travel parts of the world, like Africa and Iceland and Australia and New Zealand, but it is just awesome to be moved by landscapes near home. It doesn’t matter if they are grand or just below one’s feet. We just need to open our eyes and breathe in the splendor.