Searching for an Image - Hiking With Barry

 

Some people are just naturally photogenic.

 

 

It doesn't seem to matter what they are wearing or which direction they happen to be facing.  And then, there's the rest of us that by no stretch of the wildest imagination will ever be considered photogenic and it may simply be important to accept and learn to live with that irrefutable truth.

For many decades, a personal practice has been to frame images representing the best memories in life and mount them on the walls.  Every day begins with reminders of wonderful, even ethereal, experiences in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.  This is always a good way to start the day.  The obvious prerequisite is to create outstanding memories, consistently and continually.  

The image recalls the entire vision and summons the sights, sounds and details of that particular moment.  Among this formidable collection there is one photograph captured with a film camera, on September 4, 2004, by a friend and hiking companion.  The photograph returns memories of this special day in a special place.

 

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The photograph was captured at an all-time favorite mountain on the lower summit of Forget-Me Not-Mountain in Kananaskis Country, Alberta.  The true summit is easily accessible by a spectacular walk to the other end of the 'U', and is six feet higher at 2,335 m (7,660 ft.)  Forget-Me Not Mountain is a small mountain which everyone capable of wading through fast, cold water and gaining about 914 m (~3,000 ft.) of aggressive elevation should do.  The mountains behind are Banded Peak, Outlaw, Cornwall and Glasgow

On October 1, 2013, it is a privilege to be hiking with Jen and Greg.  The photo featured below is captured by Jennifer on our hike to the summit of Pocaterra Ridge with a return through Rockfall Valley.  This particular photo recalls special memories of a unique mission and will be placed on the wall as a reminder of great company on a blustery, snow-swept day in challenging conditions through unanticipated terrain.  The photograph also represents the profound personal relationship with nature created over several decades of wilderness adventure.  The challenging days are typically those which become the most indelibly memorable.  Here is this recent photograph, taken with a smart phone, which has become one of my all-time favorites.

 

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This quintessential photograph serves as a reminder of the value of a relationship with nature and the framed version on the wall serves as a reminder of good friends who share a passion for the wilderness.

 

Collect experiences, not things; for that is what will truly nourish you.   Grey Wolf

 

Adventures are not a matter of life and death.  They are more important than that.  Anon

 

Wilderness is not just a place.  It is also a state of being.  G. May

 

Quotations are from 'An Adventure Muse' assembled by DSD and delivered worldwide by adventurers who strive to acquire the same level of enlightenment only decades in concert with natural elements can provide.  If you open your heart and mind, it becomes another sense - like breathing.  More at:

Summit Stones and Adventure Musings... By DSD

 

Do not allow your inner child to die.  The rest of you may not be far behind.  B. Taylor

 

 

 

 

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Thank you, Helen. Great to hear from you and I will check in at <a href="http://outandabout3.blogspot.com.au/" title="Walking with Friends Down Under" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Out and About</a> to see what new adventures you have been up to. For me it was a summer of major change. There was plenty of hiking and I have a lot of writing to catch up on over the winter. Thanks for your comment.

Wonderful to see you posting again Barry. Jen's photo is just stunning. The sense of adventure and achievement oozes from it. Happy hiking!

It would be an honour to have this photo of me, by Jen, include in your musings, D.

Wonderful musing and amazing image Barry! I commented on FaceBook as well, hoping that it would be ok if I included it as an image with a musing to be posted. The image and what you've written reflects the musing's theme... Those are some of my favourite quotes too. Words that resonate, images that reflect, all of our wanderings, and forever moments, out among the wild places... D

Thank you, Gloria. Miss you a lot and hope all is well back East. Love and hugs to all.

Wow, that is a fantastic picture of you dad! I can't believe it was taken on a smart phone! The first picture reminds me of your sense of humour and positive outlook. The second one reminds me of your perseverance. I will print these two pictures for the kids as they provide a wonderful insight into who you are....smiles.

This post is one of the most uplifting and inspiring you've treated us to in the short time I've been enjoying your blog. Thank you.

Your post is very profound! It touched my heart and made my day! :)

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