Le Confident

Ideas tête-à-tête

Wuthering Heights

Have you ever thought about why those mountains stand like they do?

They seem so calm and steady but on a longer time scale, they are just as shaky and fading as we. In one moment, some gigantic collision forces them high up into the air, three, four, nearly 9 km high. At the same time, gravity constantly breaks them up at the top, thus trapping them between two fateful forces. All of them are exactly at the height, to which the collision provided enought energy to raise them against the oppression of gravitation. Then of course their life as well is a constant diminution, wind, water, light, further tectonic movement and even the weights of other planets, the moon and the sun tear on their substance. Mountains are much like clouds: a process.

Since you liked my post about alpine photography, I strolled around the net and it didn’t take me long to find other breathtaking pictures of mountains. But I fear, that with the amount of images, one might be tempted to oversee their value. It lies very near to say: we’ve seen that before and yeah this one uses filter X and a shutter spead of Y. I would like to suggest something else for two reasons:
if you devaluate all this high quality things, that we present people can freely benefit from among the less interesting stuff floating around, you steel precious moments from your own life. And the more positive aspect: if you expect noteworthy experiences, you will find them, in every possible point of space and time.

This said, let’s only once more take a look at mountain peeks. This time, I found a flickr photographer who presents us not more than 24 images, but they are mosterfully done and highlight a totally different aspect than those in my last post. Here, the dance of light is subject. The elegant, violet-red-blue-black velvet of the setting sun, the yellow, orange, a bit pale and creamy gown of the rising day dreamer. The warm, cotton like touch of afternoon. We’ve seen these lights as well, but on the harsh edges of a mountain top, they obtain a palpable quality.
Let me show you some of his pictures. Take them as unique documents of a single moment, that can never be reproduced. May you experience a special moment or two!

http://www.flickr.com/people/tenaval/ – José Sarrablo, Spain

1) From Monte Rosa or the Dufour Peak at morning: the highest  peak of the alps.                                                             2) An evening Mont Blanc?

The Lyskamm, Switzerland – here moody and silent, but this
one is bad: they call him the man-eater!

Below: Evening spreads over the south side of
Monte Rosa.

If you like those pictures, go to his Profile and take a look at José’s favourites. He has a good eye, also when looking through someone else’s lense! (like this)
In case there is a geologist among you, I would love to learn (and write) about some research in the field. Scientists are the artists, who need to gain more attention!

Espadas Peak near Pico Posets in the Pyrenees.


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This entry was posted on June 6, 2012 by in Art, Natural Sciences and tagged , , , , , .
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