Mountain

OK, I hope that title got your attention because I have some important stuff to share with you about mountains.

First, I recently saw a documentary entitled “Mountain.” Simple title, amazing documentary. It’s a collection of some of the most unbelievable cinematography that you are likely to see this side of Middle Earth. Actually, “Mountain” is all real, but it easy to think that it is fantasy. If possible, I highly recommend that you see it on a big screen. Of course, the TVs that most people have in their homes are “big screen” by the standards of my vintage 22-inch cathode ray TV (what’s a cathode ray TV? Google it.). Seriously, go experience this movie in a theater and you’ll be glad you did. It was released in May, so there may still be a few theaters around showing it.

In addition to the images, the music that accompanies the scenery is fantastic. It is a collection of well-known classics and original music performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. If you like movies set to Vivaldi’s Four Season’s as much as I do, you’ll be in heaven. In short, this documentary is awesome. You owe it to yourself and the mountains to watch it. There is a link to the trailer below.

Speaking of mountains, later this week, I’m going off to search for my own. The destination is southeast Alaska where mountains are too numerous to count. Mountains in this area are beyond infinity times ten. It is like a mountain factory. I’m serious. This is the same trip I went on last year just before the eclipse. As I did last year, I’ll be going again with the incomparable Marc Adamus. If you are a regular reader of these missives, you know how much I enjoy trips with Marc. He stretches me creatively and physically. I have no doubt this trip will be no different! I’ll also be hooking up with some very dear friends, so it will be like a family reunion. It’s a tough life, but someone has to live it. I’ll be in touch while I’m gone. Maybe I can bring you along on the adventure!

With all this talk about mountains, it makes me think of my favorite personal mountain experience. One stands above them all for me. Here is an image I created on a trip to the Himalaya a couple of years ago. The peak on the right is Qomolungma, also known as Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 29,029 feet above sea level. I figure I was about 10 miles from Qomolungma when I created this image. I was 16,000 feet above sea level, so the peak towered almost 3 miles above me! It was massive beyond words. A special thanks to Alister Benn (and, of course, Juanli!) of Available Light Images for making this mountain real for me. Really, I could care less about this image…the experience will last within me for all my days.

Now go find some mountains of your own. Enjoy!!

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