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Mountains I Have Loved

Updated on April 30, 2013

Mighty Mountains I Have Known

Mountains, beautiful mountains. I fell in love with mountains the year I lived on a mountainside in Stranda, Norway and then cemented that love after a year living in a remote village nestled in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. Maybe it's their sheer size, their hulking mass dwarfing me and reminding me of what's important. Maybe it's that they change ever so slowly. Maybe they serve as a reminder to simply slow down and enjoy the view. Whatever the reason, I'm not alone in my love of masses of granite and stone, fauna and flower. From snow capped peaks to raging mountain rivers, mountains hold us in their gaze and have captivated us for eons. To me, they promise both tender beauty and rugged reality. Won't you take a moment with me now to share the mountains I have loved from the west coast of Norway to the Cascades and Olympics in Washington State? I promise it will be visually fantastic!

This photo was taken at the Olympic National Park and yep, the deer was almost that close to us! This is one of my all time favorite photos.

Please note: All of the following photos belong to me (either I have taken them or someone else took them with my camera). Please respect my rights to these photos and ask first if you wish to use them in some way. Thanks!

Peaceful serenity along a mountain creek

A peaceful creek in Stranda, Norway
A peaceful creek in Stranda, Norway

Tribute to Trond

When I was sixteen years old, I spent an incredible year in Norway. You can read about that year in my lens A Year In Norway. This picture was taken 5 years later when I returned after graduating from college. I think this is my all time favorite picture (and believe me it's so hard to choose favorites!) from my Norway photos. I found this beautiful little creek just after I visited the grave of a Norwegian friend. He died a few years after I left and when I returned, I felt compelled to visit him. I meandered back to my host family's home and along the way, stumbled across this creek. It was so peaceful and serene and the lighting was just right as I lined up the shot. (This was well before digital photography.) I took one shot and it turned out just as you see it. Beautiful. I cannot help but think the spirit of my friend danced along with the water and swayed in the breeze, touching the flowers and smiling in the sun. It's a peaceful moment for me still today and I love being able to remember it with this shot.

Paying homage to the mountains of Norway

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The view across the fjord from Stranda, Norway.   These mountains are forever in my heart.During my year in Norway, I went on a boat trip up beyond the arctic circle to Hammerfest, Norway.  This shot is taken from the boat along the way.The midnight sun!   It really is quite amazing and looks as bright at midnight as at noon.   It really is a bit disconcerting to look at your watch and not know for sure whether it's afternoon or night.I wish I could remember exactly, but I believe these mountains were from the Trollfjorden area of Norway.   These are quite mystical and magical mountains!  It's hard to tell from this shot, but trust me!The mountains and swath of land that is Aalesund, Norway.When I first arrived in Stranda, Norway, we went up into the mountains near my new home.  The house on the right was destroyed in an avalanche the previous winter.My beautiful Stranda!At the top of a peak in the Stranda Ski area with a group of friends (and no, I did not ski down.  I was NOT born with skis on my feet.  It was enough of a challenge to get up the mountain on skis!).On a hike in Stranda with friends.A raging river after the spring thaw.
The view across the fjord from Stranda, Norway.   These mountains are forever in my heart.
The view across the fjord from Stranda, Norway. These mountains are forever in my heart.
During my year in Norway, I went on a boat trip up beyond the arctic circle to Hammerfest, Norway.  This shot is taken from the boat along the way.
During my year in Norway, I went on a boat trip up beyond the arctic circle to Hammerfest, Norway. This shot is taken from the boat along the way.
The midnight sun!   It really is quite amazing and looks as bright at midnight as at noon.   It really is a bit disconcerting to look at your watch and not know for sure whether it's afternoon or night.
The midnight sun! It really is quite amazing and looks as bright at midnight as at noon. It really is a bit disconcerting to look at your watch and not know for sure whether it's afternoon or night.
I wish I could remember exactly, but I believe these mountains were from the Trollfjorden area of Norway.   These are quite mystical and magical mountains!  It's hard to tell from this shot, but trust me!
I wish I could remember exactly, but I believe these mountains were from the Trollfjorden area of Norway. These are quite mystical and magical mountains! It's hard to tell from this shot, but trust me!
The mountains and swath of land that is Aalesund, Norway.
The mountains and swath of land that is Aalesund, Norway.
When I first arrived in Stranda, Norway, we went up into the mountains near my new home.  The house on the right was destroyed in an avalanche the previous winter.
When I first arrived in Stranda, Norway, we went up into the mountains near my new home. The house on the right was destroyed in an avalanche the previous winter.
My beautiful Stranda!
My beautiful Stranda!
At the top of a peak in the Stranda Ski area with a group of friends (and no, I did not ski down.  I was NOT born with skis on my feet.  It was enough of a challenge to get up the mountain on skis!).
At the top of a peak in the Stranda Ski area with a group of friends (and no, I did not ski down. I was NOT born with skis on my feet. It was enough of a challenge to get up the mountain on skis!).
On a hike in Stranda with friends.
On a hike in Stranda with friends.
A raging river after the spring thaw.
A raging river after the spring thaw.

Visiting the Mountains of Norway: Is It In Your Future? - Here's a few things that might inspire and help you when you're there!

Norwegian Fjord 2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Norwegian Fjord 2000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

The fjords of Norway are spectacular and puzzles are great fun. After spending the time to finish this beautiful puzzle, you'll be all set for a trip to Norway!

 
Dale of Norway Men's Dale 125th Anniversary Sweater, Raspberry/Cream/Black, Large
Dale of Norway Men's Dale 125th Anniversary Sweater, Raspberry/Cream/Black, Large

Any mountain trek in cool weather will benefit from a Dale of Norway sweater. I brought a few back after my first trip to Norway. Amazingly beautiful designs and incredibly warm, these make a great gift for yourself or a loved one. And well worth the price!

 
Dale of Norway Women's Peace Sweater, Off White/Ice Blue, X-large
Dale of Norway Women's Peace Sweater, Off White/Ice Blue, X-large

So gorgeous! There are many styles and colors. Mine is black and white with red and green along the neck opening. You may just have to pick up several.

 
Norway (Insight Guides)
Norway (Insight Guides)

If you want to know more about all of Norway, this is a fantastic guide to help you learn.

 

Holden Village - Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Mountains in Washington

Holden Village from above on the copper mining tailings
Holden Village from above on the copper mining tailings

What do you do when you graduate from college and you don't know your next step? You head off to the cascade mountains of Washington state of course! What started as a three week volunteer retreat experience turned into a full year of mountain hiking, snow, bears and living in a remote village without telephones or television.

I lived in Holden Village, a former copper mining village situated up Lake Chelan in Washington. Just getting to the village takes a 16 mile boat ride from Chelan and then another 10 mile bus ride back into the mountains. Or you could hike in. If you felt so inclined. What awaits is wondrous scenery, peace and quiet and amazing wildlife. It's an adventure of a life time.

For more about that experience, watch for a lens coming soon! For now...here are some of my favorite mountain shots from that incredible year.

Mountain Hikes and Vistas - Beautiful lakes, amazing views and tired legs.

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One of my favorite photos.  This was taken on a hike to Holden Lake.  I believe this was my first hike when I got to Holden.   I love the pink wildflowers!I love mountain creeks.  The power of the rushing water soothes, moves and heals me.Lyman Lake in the fall.  We went with the high school students (all 4 of them) from the Holden Village school.   I was the assistant to the teacher (because he was overwhelmed with all the students).  Such an incredible experience!Upper Lyman Lake and Lyman glacier.   We were able to get right up next to the glacier and even climb it a bit.   The HS teacher even swam in the ice studded water.  Good times.Looking at Hart Lake from the trail to Lyman Lake.Waterfalls and more waterfalls!  There's something special about spring when the snows have thawed and water pours from up above, carving new faces in the mountain side.Beautiful Holden LakePeaceful reflective serenity at Domke Lake.  I went on a hike with 3 other women to this lake.  Simply incredible.Okay, you caught me!  I don't remember which mountain this is!  It might be Copper Basin...  It's definitely from Holden Village in the Cascades!  And it's definitely beautiful.Saved the best place for last.  This is the hobbit house.  Located right off a small path from the village to Railroad Creek, this little house is a treasure!
One of my favorite photos.  This was taken on a hike to Holden Lake.  I believe this was my first hike when I got to Holden.   I love the pink wildflowers!
One of my favorite photos. This was taken on a hike to Holden Lake. I believe this was my first hike when I got to Holden. I love the pink wildflowers!
I love mountain creeks.  The power of the rushing water soothes, moves and heals me.
I love mountain creeks. The power of the rushing water soothes, moves and heals me.
Lyman Lake in the fall.  We went with the high school students (all 4 of them) from the Holden Village school.   I was the assistant to the teacher (because he was overwhelmed with all the students).  Such an incredible experience!
Lyman Lake in the fall. We went with the high school students (all 4 of them) from the Holden Village school. I was the assistant to the teacher (because he was overwhelmed with all the students). Such an incredible experience!
Upper Lyman Lake and Lyman glacier.   We were able to get right up next to the glacier and even climb it a bit.   The HS teacher even swam in the ice studded water.  Good times.
Upper Lyman Lake and Lyman glacier. We were able to get right up next to the glacier and even climb it a bit. The HS teacher even swam in the ice studded water. Good times.
Looking at Hart Lake from the trail to Lyman Lake.
Looking at Hart Lake from the trail to Lyman Lake.
Waterfalls and more waterfalls!  There's something special about spring when the snows have thawed and water pours from up above, carving new faces in the mountain side.
Waterfalls and more waterfalls! There's something special about spring when the snows have thawed and water pours from up above, carving new faces in the mountain side.
Beautiful Holden Lake
Beautiful Holden Lake
Peaceful reflective serenity at Domke Lake.  I went on a hike with 3 other women to this lake.  Simply incredible.
Peaceful reflective serenity at Domke Lake. I went on a hike with 3 other women to this lake. Simply incredible.
Okay, you caught me!  I don't remember which mountain this is!  It might be Copper Basin...  It's definitely from Holden Village in the Cascades!  And it's definitely beautiful.
Okay, you caught me! I don't remember which mountain this is! It might be Copper Basin... It's definitely from Holden Village in the Cascades! And it's definitely beautiful.
Saved the best place for last.  This is the hobbit house.  Located right off a small path from the village to Railroad Creek, this little house is a treasure!
Saved the best place for last. This is the hobbit house. Located right off a small path from the village to Railroad Creek, this little house is a treasure!

Holden Village In The Snow

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Me, standing in the midst of Holden Village.This was the footbridge across Railroad Creek. On the other side were the tailings of the copper mine. We had to remove snow from the roof of the footbridge so it wouldn't cause damage. The dangerous task fell to the head maverick. So as he straddledJust beyond the edge of the village, a snowy wonderland.Railroad Creek in snowy glory.Outside one of the lodges in the village.  Beautiful sun shining on the snow.More of Railroad Creek.Beautiful fir trees, heavy with snow.The main road in to the village.  Ah, the snow made everything so clean and quiet.And even more Railroad Creek!A friend came to visit and we played in the snow!
Me, standing in the midst of Holden Village.
Me, standing in the midst of Holden Village.
This was the footbridge across Railroad Creek. On the other side were the tailings of the copper mine. We had to remove snow from the roof of the footbridge so it wouldn't cause damage. The dangerous task fell to the head maverick. So as he straddled
This was the footbridge across Railroad Creek. On the other side were the tailings of the copper mine. We had to remove snow from the roof of the footbridge so it wouldn't cause damage. The dangerous task fell to the head maverick. So as he straddled
Just beyond the edge of the village, a snowy wonderland.
Just beyond the edge of the village, a snowy wonderland.
Railroad Creek in snowy glory.
Railroad Creek in snowy glory.
Outside one of the lodges in the village.  Beautiful sun shining on the snow.
Outside one of the lodges in the village. Beautiful sun shining on the snow.
More of Railroad Creek.
More of Railroad Creek.
Beautiful fir trees, heavy with snow.
Beautiful fir trees, heavy with snow.
The main road in to the village.  Ah, the snow made everything so clean and quiet.
The main road in to the village. Ah, the snow made everything so clean and quiet.
And even more Railroad Creek!
And even more Railroad Creek!
A friend came to visit and we played in the snow!
A friend came to visit and we played in the snow!

Which do you love most?

A beautiful waterfall on a hike near Holden Village
A beautiful waterfall on a hike near Holden Village

What part of mountains do you love the most?

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Hiking in the Cascade Mountains

Moon Pacific Northwest Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping in Washington and Oregon (Moon Outdoors)
Moon Pacific Northwest Camping: The Complete Guide to Tent and RV Camping in Washington and Oregon (Moon Outdoors)

This guide includes information on Holden Village, the mine and also Stehekin, the tiny town at the northern end of Lake Chelan. Both tent and RV camping included.

 
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking (Idiot's Guides)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backpacking and Hiking (Idiot's Guides)

For the beginning hiker. Complete with day hikes and longer. Don't let your lack of experience hold you back from incredible amazing adventures!

 
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

An incredible resource for all things hiking related. This is a resource rather than a book to read cover to cover.

 
Mountains
Mountains

A great book for elementary and early middle school aged kids.

 
Mountain: Portraits of High Places
Mountain: Portraits of High Places

An incredible experience of a book, Mountain is written by Sandy Hook, a lifelong adventurer who has climbed (and reached the peak of) Mt. Everest. More than 350 black and white and color photos. A celebration of mountains.

 

Mountain Wildlife - What a privelege to live among such amazing creatures

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This was one of the most indescribable wonders...a newborn fawn.  No more than 45 minutes old.   Some of the children of the village were actually witness to its birth.   Simply astounding.A yearling wandering the main road of the village.Another fawn, not as newborn but still pretty new!   Maybe I'm just a softie but there was something magical about seeing all the babies during my time there.This deer is at the landing for the boat along Lake Chelan.A family outing for this group, crossing Railroad Creek.The deer were very comfortable roaming around the village.   And it served as a bit of a haven away from bear, mountain lions and coyotes.  They were beautiful to watch.
This was one of the most indescribable wonders...a newborn fawn.  No more than 45 minutes old.   Some of the children of the village were actually witness to its birth.   Simply astounding.
This was one of the most indescribable wonders...a newborn fawn. No more than 45 minutes old. Some of the children of the village were actually witness to its birth. Simply astounding.
A yearling wandering the main road of the village.
A yearling wandering the main road of the village.
Another fawn, not as newborn but still pretty new!   Maybe I'm just a softie but there was something magical about seeing all the babies during my time there.
Another fawn, not as newborn but still pretty new! Maybe I'm just a softie but there was something magical about seeing all the babies during my time there.
This deer is at the landing for the boat along Lake Chelan.
This deer is at the landing for the boat along Lake Chelan.
A family outing for this group, crossing Railroad Creek.
A family outing for this group, crossing Railroad Creek.
The deer were very comfortable roaming around the village.   And it served as a bit of a haven away from bear, mountain lions and coyotes.  They were beautiful to watch.
The deer were very comfortable roaming around the village. And it served as a bit of a haven away from bear, mountain lions and coyotes. They were beautiful to watch.
The road to beauty.
The road to beauty.

The Animals I Didn't Catch On Film

I had to give you one last glimpse of mountain life. There are so many critters in the wild and many of them show up when you don't have a camera at hand. And then there are those you can hear but you can't see. There are the coyotes that yip and yap and can be heard all around the village and the owls with their bellowing hoots. We used to go "owling" out in the woods, standing in the dark, listening to the different calls of different owls. And we'd practice calling back to them. We thought we were fooling them with our calls. I think they probably laughed at us. Occasionally you would hear the swoosh of wings as an owl flew close by. I loved that time!

The most exciting encounter would be the bear. Black bears often wandered near Holden Village. The deer drew them there and sadly, in the way of nature, newborn fawns or young deer sometimes would be captured by them. My own encounter with a black bear happened one day as I walked across the main road from the school house to my chalet. I happened to look up to the side and there, not 30 feet from me was a mid-sized bear ambling across the road in the other direction. We looked at each other and then it continued along it's path, completely unafraid of the human it just saw. The human, on the other hand, was a little spooked. And excited. I watched it and followed at a safe distance as it walked into the school yard. It took care of some business and then, wandered away. I'm glad I saw it and just as glad that it wasn't any closer. Never did see any mountain lions and for that, I'm thankful!

Do you love mountains? Which mountain ranges have you visited (or lived in)?

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      observant trave 4 years ago

      nice pictures of mountains I would like to invite you to kashmir, there are wonderful Himalayan mountains & valleys.

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Oh my god! Such a beautiful place! Love it so much! Thank you for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      Wonderful images - wonderful lense - thank you.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @Klaartje Loose: Amazing! Sounds quite fantastic... I've been thinking a lot lately I need to move somewhere with mountains. For myself, my boys... Where I live is flat.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I love mountains :) There is something enchanting in them

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      Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

      I absolutely love mountains! In europe I've hiked in quite a few different mountain areas, including the Alps and the Pyrenees. But my worldwide fsvourite mountain-range will be the Himalayas!! I've been trekking in these giants for 3 whole months at a time and it was like being in heaven...

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      I love mountains. very beautiful photos! thanks for sharing

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      RajlakshmiHB 4 years ago

      what a beautiful collection of photographs :) I would love to visit these someday

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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      I'm living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Beautiful place.

      I was lucky enough to spend some time in the Cascades. What I remember most was the air. It had this amazingly fresh scent with a sweet hint of pine. Nothing like it here.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @leatherwooddesign: Thank you! I haven't explored the Appalachians all that much. On the to do list!

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      I love the mountains, I live in the Appalachians. You have some beautiful photographs ...

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      Yes iI also love the mountains. Even back when I was a high school, I often went to the mountains to remove tired.

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      Monica Ranstrom 4 years ago

      I'm a mountain girl too. I grew up in western Montana along the Mission Range and very close to Glacier National Park which has my favorite place on earth! Beautiful lens, thanks for sharing.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @KamalaEmbroidery: it sounds beautiful! I've always wanted to go to Italy. Someday... Thanks for commenting (and thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!)

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      bethann21 4 years ago

      I love the mountains too. Miss it. Great pictures.

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      I love all mountains and have visited quite a few. My favorites are the Himalayas which I've only visited several times and the hills I lived in in Italy outside of Assisi. I'm not sure of their name -- more hills than mountains. But I lived on a ridge between two mountain ranges and could often see the high, snowy mountains.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love mountains. They are just so beautiful and captivating.

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      Karamerica 4 years ago

      I love mountains! The Sierra Nevada!

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      Psycho Free Zone 4 years ago from USA

      We visited Mt. Rainier National Park in the summer, and I would love to do it again some time. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos : )

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Mountains are fantastic! My home is surrounded by hills, only little little mountains, but beautiful to look at any time of the day and a challenge to cycle around :-) Lovely lens!

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @RestlessKnights: that sounds fun! I'll have to look into those mountains!

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      RestlessKnights 4 years ago

      I do love mountains. I've klimbed a few in the Tröllaskagi peninsula in N-Iceland, wouldn't mind climbing in other countries.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. It's been way too long since I've been to the mountains.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I love too much! Specially I love K-2.

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Love the photos, thanks for sharing

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Yes! I love mountains and I love this lens, you have great pictures.

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      mattcut 4 years ago

      gorgeous lens, thank you for sharing so much natural beauty !

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      bluelily lm 4 years ago

      The pictures that you have added here are very enchanting.

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      I LOVE the mountains. So far - the Blue Ridge Mountains are my favorite....western North Carolina, USA

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      Great story and pictures. Definitely does inspire one to go out there and explore the wilderness. Great lens!!

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @walkingstick: I'd love looking at those, will check them out now! and that is crazy to never cross a road...

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      walkingstick 4 years ago

      @Laurabpeterson: May I mention that my fav Eastern U.S. mountains are the Adirondacks? Spent two weeks hiking there once, and never crossed a road. Wild! By the way, you might enjoy the hiking photos of Snoqualmie Pass area in my two Iron Horse lens.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @worldflashpacker: yea! Go do it! And have a great time!

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      You've inspired me to get my hiking boots out and go trekking.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @walkingstick: hee hee. I wish I had explored the oly's more. Only went there once. But Snoqualimie Pass! Went past it several times going from Seattle to Chelan or even all the way to MN. I adore Mt. Rainier when it's out. Ah the mountains on the west coast are spectacular!

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      walkingstick 4 years ago

      I love mountains, too. Your lens gives me spring hiking fever! The mountain ranges that I have enjoyed are all over the U.S. and one range in Ireland. Currently, I do most of my mountain love around Mount Rainier or near Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascades. Washington State's Olympic Mtns are a mostly undiscovered gem. Whenever my Colorado mtn snobs get uppity about their Rockies, I ask them about vertical rise (base elevation to peak) . The Oly's beats them there easily! Thank you for your hearty photos.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      I spent a summer working in Banff in the Canadian Rockies. Been in the Smoky Mountains and Swiss Alps, too. I always wanted to travel the fjords of Norway on a boat... your photos brought that back.

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      koovs 4 years ago

      what a collection of album

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      Girlwiththorns 4 years ago

      What beautiful photos! You obviously love nature...

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      thanks for sharing this beautiful lens

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: wonderful! Have you been to Holden? I'd love to live back in that area. I lived in Seattle briefly and loved loved loved it.

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      winter aconite 4 years ago

      I share your love for mountains. I go on holiday in Italy every year either on the Alps or the Apennines. I also love the ancient mountains of Scotland. Great lens, fab pictures!

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      beautiful pictures! Love the deer too.

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      artdivision1 lm 4 years ago

      I love skiing in The Alps - just amazing! Mont Blanc rocks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      such a great lens..i love it

      may you visit my lens and give your opinion..thanks

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I live between the Cascades and the Olympic mountains and love them all! Such lovely photos of your stay at Holden Village. :)

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I live in the mountains, and they still make me gasp in awe every single day. There's nothing as beautiful, humbling and yet inspiring as a mountain. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @LizMac60: I would LOVE to see the mountains in Wales and Scotland! I've never heard of Suilven. Will have to check it out. Tiny hills are great too and even better, to love where you live. Thanks for commenting!

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Gorgeous photos! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have seen medium mountains in Wales and Scotland. I particularly like Suilven. Where I live I have just a tiny hill but I still love it.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I've driven through the Rocky mountains more than once - staggeringly beautiful scenery.

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      Jillynn 4 years ago

      Gorgeous lens with fantastic photos. Great job!

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @GrowthSpark: That sounds wonderful! I have yet to explore Yosemite. I want to! now it can be a trip I take with my boys and husband. Aren't the fawns amazing? So precious.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @bialowieza: I only wish I still lived in those places! I actually live in the very flat state of Florida. No mountains. After writing about this and writing about Norway in my "A year in Norway" lens, I'm ready to move back to somewhere with mountains!

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You're welcome! Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed my lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

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      bialowieza 4 years ago

      You live in a very beautiful place. I live in Poland and here the mountains are very beautiful.

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      What lovely photos you have here Laura, especially the fawn, & you're so right about mountains reminding you to slow down. I also love mountains& used to live not too far from the Californian Sierra Nevada including the spectacular Yosemite - truly wonderful

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @VineetBhandari: Thank you!

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I'd love to see your mountains Susan! Thanks for commenting! When I went to Washington, I think some of my Norwegian friends were surprised to see the beauty of them...thinking Norway kept all the beautiful mountains for itself! :) Though the mountains of Washington state don't have fjords in the same spectacular way as Norway, the cascades are still quite fantastic in their own right.

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      Laurabpeterson 4 years ago

      @Brandi Bush: I can't wait to see your photos. And thank you so much!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We live between the Ozark Mountains to the north and the Ouachita Mountains to the south. Not quite so romantic as the mountains of Norway, but they're beautiful, too, and they're home. Loved your lens!

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      Beautiful pics & great lens

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      You have wonderful stories to tell! These are some of the most gorgeous photos I have seen. We lived in Utah for a few years and often hiked in the Wasatch mountains...absolutely breathtaking memories I will never forget! I now live in the Mountain State of WV, and as beautiful as it is here, I don't think it compares to those mountains in UT. I also visited the Swiss Alps in high school...now you've made me want to find my photos from that time period. What fun! :)