Mountain Views

Looking At The Mountains

Strangers come to see them.

Locals know they are there.

They speak different things to each.


Strangers marvel at snow caps in June.

Locals know it won't last, "Going fast!"

Two pairs of eyes seeing the same but differently.


Strangers gaze, get closer, and go away.

Locals cherish the cool nights,

until the snow goes away, too.


Strangers look at their photos.

Locals look at their mountain views.

Both see something different that is theirs.

Fall and Winter in the Rockies....


The snowpack is like a seasonal barometer....

We watch Winter come down the mountain, until it finally reaches the valley floor and announces its arrival that we already saw coming.

We watch Spring and Summer go up the mountain, announcing the arrival of Spring's blossoms, and Summer's heat we already felt coming.

July and the heat simmers through the valleys, even at altitude, until the streams run slack as the snowpack disappears.


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

A beautiful view you have there. It's something how locals and folks from away can see such different things in the same....

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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - I knew what you meant to say (I think) that the locals and strangers see the same things in different ways; indeed they do. Thanks for another visit to my inner sanctum.

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Ericdierker 18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Reminded me of my home Flagstaff where I just visited and the mountains there are still snow packed. It is like looking up and seeing an old friend. Thank you

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Perspycacious 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

As a missionary serving in the Philippines and speaking Tagalog, our daughter wrote: "I miss our mountains." Now she lives in Utah on what folks in the Philippines might call a mountain, although she knows it is only a hill with mountains in the background she can see....when raising five small children permits her mountain views.

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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful insight! What is so familiar to the locals is a marvel to the stranger. Both could benefit from a good conversation.

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Perspycacious 17 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Not only that discussion, but I think that most people could benefit from making time for more long as they both participate in the talking and listening.

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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

The mountains do mean something different to us all. The pictures were wonderful, and made me feel just like I was there.

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