“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

Ansel Adams


A visionary figure in nature photography and wilderness preservation, Ansel Adams is considered an environmental folk hero . . . .

source – Sierra Club Website



May of 2011 we drove through the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in California. This is the landscape along highway 88, through Carson pass.  It was was named after Kit Carson, the famous 19th century American frontiersman. Kit carved his name on a tree, somewhere along here.



Kit really got around. On a previous road trip, we discovered Carson’s home in Taos, New Mexico. It is now a museum.





More on Mountains:

The southern most peaks of a another mountain range, the Rockies, terminate near the old Carson home, in Taos, New Mexico. They stretch north an amazing 4800 kilometres (3000 miles), well up into Canada. This photo was taken in October 2010.


In summation of this journey of mountains and men here is a Tibetan Proverb:

When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.

My previous mountain posts:

1) Driving through Carson National Forest in New Mexico –  Forward on the Open Highway

2) “Great things are done when men and mountains meet” – from Above: A city and a Mountain

3) The mountain from which the water has receded – Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver

4) The wilderness will take hold of you and give you good red blood – Towering Monuments of Civilization and Wilderness 

5) And finally, a mountain view taken from the deck of our lakeside cabin – Lake Sunset

Photo credits for the two Carson photos go to my wife Francis. Please visit her eclectic blog – click here for Disappearing in Plain Sight. 

She has an amazing shot of a bear – I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!



10 thoughts on “MOM – More on Mountains (and men) – THE SIERRA NEVADA’S, KIT CARSON & THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES

  1. I am a mountain fan as well…we are GREATLY SUPERIOR to the beach clans and the urban clans, but certainly appreciate their keeping the hordes from our precious places 🙂

    Thinking about Ansel Adams, photographs, and mountains reminded me, very pleasantly, of some orotone or “gold print” photos of indigenous Americans I saw in Telluride, Colorado one summer. The photos were at a gallery on the main drag there.

    The tone of that old gold-print process just made the photos come alive in a particularly poignant way. There is something about that particular development process that seems to capture some of the sadness and grandeur of those ill-fated subjects.

    I found a link to the images for anyone who is interested (only a handful of these were on display when I saw them):

    Thanks for this wonderful and interesting blog.

    • There is something about being in the mountains – MLK said it well – I have been to the mountain top and my eyes have seen … (you know the rest – some kind of glory, for sure!!)

      I’m sorry to hear about your back problem. Take care and best regards, seeker . . . Bruce

  2. Ansel Adams is one of my favorite photographers. I love the Rockies and how small they make you feel, very humbling.

    • Yes, I hear you Jeff. The mountains are humbling. The rockies seem to really be ‘Up and Out” there. Now that I think about it, the Sierras seem a little more rambling and worn down (except for Mt Whitney). :)I’m certainly no geologist though.

      Heh, if I remember you are a teacher, correct? I love your blog and the courage you demonstrate in speaking out against the status quo. Keep up the good work. Peace to you . . . . Bruce

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