Gift #658: The side of a mountain

Today I wanted to share with you one of my most favorite places in all the world – the side of my beloved mountain.  I’ve blogged about how special this mountain is to me before; for years now I have walked by it, caressed it, and loved it.  I never tire of being with it and spend a lot of time daydreaming of what it would like to live on it.  This is not really feasible as the mountain is in a park.  The only real estate nearby is Donegal Castle, on the other side of the river bordering the park, and to say that it’s beyond my price range is an understatement. Last time it was on the market, it sold for $12 million.  I’ve no doubt it’s worth it, as what you can see of it from the trail is gorgeous.  But I’d rather have a cabin on my mountain.

What I love about this mountain in Lair o’ the Bear Park is that you walk right along its base and can gaze up the cliffs.   You can sit on its granite ledges.  And the most glorious moss and ferns grow on its surface.  Oh, there are all manner of green, ferny things growing on this lovely mountain and every single leaf and mound of moss are breathtaking – miniature works of art.  What is equally amazing is how these fragile little plants grow right out of the granite – some not even in dirt – the contrast between strong stone and tender plant is stunning.  Every time I get to visit my mountain I take lots of photos.  I tend to focus (no pun intended) on small scale vignettes because the large-scale pictures just lose detail and become a sea of green.  Close up, you can see the texture of the leaves, the fronds of ferns, the spots of lichen.





Blessings to you,


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1 Response to Gift #658: The side of a mountain

  1. The grass is definitely not greener on the other side!

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