Saturday, January 14, 2006
If you've had a chance to spend time on this blog, you probably know how I love to explore the land around my home town. Look at the interplay of clouds and sunlight on this crisp winter day. The way the brown hills swell and roll into the blue mountains, with the peaks rising triumphantly above it all...this vision is always in my mind's eye. The symmetry of the elegant Sleeping Woman Peak was with me throughout my childhood - gazing across the valley, climbing up and down a mountainside to get to school, riding my horse, preparing to leave Missoula at 17 to go off to school in Chicago.
It's still a point of reference for me, though I've lived elsewhere for many years and am grateful now to spend time with my family in a sweet green valley in southwestern Wisconsin. Encounters with serious health issues in our immediate family have just deepened the appreciation for those places where I am privileged to be.
Sleeping Woman Peak - gorgeous and what a great image, so feminine, so voluptuous, definitely a sleeping woman. That you keep Sleeping Woman as a point of reference in your life rather than giving it the center-stage ... speaks to the way you can really be present wherever you are. And right now, I guess that means Wisconsin, with your family, caring for them, for yourself. And loving where you are.
That green, green valley is truly sweet - perfect descriptive word for that place. thanks for these pics, E.