Heading West

April 11, 2017

BW photograph of the sunrise across a distant ridge as seen through a wooded area.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

As the sun was rising this morning,  it cast a glow across the far mountainside.

BW photograph looking into a sunrise through some trees.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

These images are from the Catoctin Mountains, an area that I have visited now for decades.  In fact, many, many high school classes were sacrificed so that I could spend more time hiking the trails that weave through the park.

BW photograph of a decaying log laying amid fallen leaves.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Now, I am making an effort to walk the trails I either have not done or have not done for years.

BW photograph of a discarded tea bottle laying on a the ground in the woods.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Even with being in such a tranquil place, it is impossible to escape the debris of other visitors.

BW photograph of a water bottle left on a downed log in the woods.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Given the amount of trash tossed aside, seeing the above is unfortunately expected.  What was a bit more surprising, though, was the sound of two low-register honks followed by a disembodied voice over a loudspeaker announcing “This is a drill.”  That warning was repeated several times and reverberated through the trees-remembering that Camp David was just up the road put that into perspective.

The trash and the noise did create its own momentary impact on the zen of the moment, and they served as reminders that it is difficult to completely remove oneself from the issues of the day.

Still, absent that, and by putting those intrusions into their proper place, it was otherwise as quiet and as still and as natural as could be hoped-an incredibly nice place to just be.

Take care.

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