Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mount Hillyer

I want to show you a little window onto some of the scenery we saw on our Thursday hike at Mount Hillyer. What you're looking at is a little window between giant boulders. The window looks out across a canyon to the western mountains beyond.

But what I most want to show you is that spot of blue sky in the upper left. This photo is untouched. I didn't do anything to it. No sharpening, no nothing.

That spot of blue looks fake. Maybe because in town we're not used to seeing what color the sky really is, or maybe we just don't look, or maybe my camera doesn't work!

Links:
Dan's hiking pages
LocalHikes

23 comments:

dive said...

You live in a truly special place, Petrea. I'm glad that you take the time to enjoy it.
Id' send you a photo of my own sky but it's the colour of Tupperware today so I'll just look at yours instead.

Petrea Burchard said...

Tupperware comes in so many lovely pastels, Dive.

Bellis tells me you can't quite get into the wilderness in England because you're always too close to a town. I appreciate that we can take a short drive and be away from civilization. All it takes to make it complete is to step off the path, but then you have to hang out with the bears.

Bellis said...

I love those white and pink rocks! We're so lucky to have them an hours' drive away. No need to drive for hours to Yosemite when it's almost as beautiful in our back yard, and less crowded. If I hurt myself off the beaten track, I like to think a mummy bear would look after me.
If any geologist looks in, I'd love to know what those rocks are made of. They look older than the fragile granite of the front range.

Petrea Burchard said...

Bellis, I sent a message to PDP's resident geologist. She's often on field trips on the weekends, but if she's around we'll get an answer.

John Sandel said...

I should think it perfectly obvious, even to a lay person, that pink and white rocks are composed of cake and frosting.

dive said...

You're close enough to Hollywood for them to be polystyrene.

Petrea Burchard said...

In two comments: the hike made me hungry, the hike made me not hungry.

Desiree said...

Perfect.

Deb said...

Great to see a sky like that in November, "the month of the drowned dog" as Ted Hughes would have it. Reminds me that that not everywhere is it currently some shade of grey.

Steven said...

A sweet photo indeed. Almost looks like a northern California scene. Maybe Lake Tahoe - like. A keeper photo for sure. I love it.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Des.

Deb, we just missed the rain that came roaring through on Friday. We expect more tomorrow. We don't get grey skies nearly as often as you do, though, so we welcome them.

Glad you like it, Steven. The weather's cold here--feels a bit Tahoe-esque at the moment.

Ms M said...

I love how you framed that tree within the frame of the rocks, right in the "bulge". The scene reminds me of places I've seen in the Rocky Mt West.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ms. M, you know how you move the camera around until you find the right spot. Me and the rock, we worked on it together.

Nancy Hinchliff said...

What an absolutely great photo. Thanks for sharing...hope to see more.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you, Nancy. And welcome!

Irina said...

It is amazing how many treasures are around us. We just have to stop, to look around, to be attentive and calm. And then nature presents us with something special. Always.
Great shot, as usual.

Petrea Burchard said...

Stop, look around, yes. Almost always, if we're willing to be patient, the photo will present itself, nature or not. Thanks, Irina.

Susan Campisi said...

I hope we get more of that crisp blue sky when the clouds clear. I'll add this hike to my very long bucket list. Such a beautiful spot right in our backyard.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I've only seen the sky that blue in Arrowhead or Big Bear...or out of state. ; )

Petrea Burchard said...

It's up there, J.J. Those mountain roads.

Jilly said...

How fabulous! What great rocks set off by that blue blue sky. Perfectly framed.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Jilly.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just beautiful!