Finding Golden Inspiration

This is a continuation of my previous blog about finding inspiration outside in nature.  And this time I went to Mt. Rose.  It’s called Mt Rose because an early settler or pioneer to area looked up at the mountain and could see an image of a girl lying on her back looking upward to the sky and since the man had a daughter named Rose that he was apparently missing, he called the land formation, Mt. Rose after her.   Most of us native locals can see the image pretty easily especially when there is snow and the lines become a bit more obvious.  I often wonder if the Paiutes or Washoe people ever saw an image of a female in the mountain as well.  Perhaps they had a name for the mountain already and the new people just ignored it.

The face of Rose looking up is to the upper right side and the sloping downward curve is her neck.

The face of Rose looking up is to the upper right side and the sloping downward curve is her neck.  It is not a perfect human form but enough if one uses their imagination just a little.

So as you can see from the photo of Mt. Rose, there are sections of golden colored trees nestled in between the pines, and it was these spots of color that was our destination.  We stopped at one of the ski resort turn offs and walked up the road a bit to investigate the trees.  It was a bit colder out than we had expected, so our journey was not a long one.  But I was successful in capturing a few images of the Fall season that were worth sharing.

The Fall is really the best time to go hiking and exploring in this region because the summer is often much too hot and dry and the winter is often too cold and the landscape seems rather dead during this time period.  If the Western Sierras are lucky enough to have a good snow fall, then the snow and ice make a lovely landscape, but during the last 30 years or so, this has not always been a for sure thing to happen.  The lower level ski resort of Tannenbaum closed due to the lack of sufficient snow fall.

2013 Fall 11

2013 Fall 12

2013 Fall 13

One can still see the green left in the leaves that are slowly changing to bright yellows and will eventually turn golden brown and fall to the ground.

I suspect the tree trunks are oddly shaped from the heavy snow fall and the fact that thesnow from the road is probably dumped near them.

I suspect the tree trunks are oddly shaped from the heavy snow fall and the fact that the snow from the road is probably dumped near them.

2013 Fall 15

2013 Fall 16

I fondly remember as a little kid visiting this meadow with my family during the Fall.

I fondly remember as a little kid visiting this meadow with my family during the Fall.  The family dogs, a couple of basset hounds, loved this experience.

Sage is starting to look dry.

Sage is starting to look dry.

2013 Fall 19

Part of Mt Rose Ski Resort lift system.

Part of Mt Rose Ski Resort lift system.

2013 Fall 21

These chairs were actually moving when I took the photo.

These chairs were actually moving when I took the photo.

2013 Fall 23

The water was clear and cool.

The water was clear and cool.

2013 Fall 25

2013 Fall 26

I hope to make time to capture some of the Fall colors along the Truckee River area, so that may be another blog filled with pictures coming soon.  Hope you enjoyed this set.

About these ads

Gretchen Winkler is a Technology Artist for Cumulus Technology and is one of the founders of the We Are Technology brand concept. She is currently the Lead Social Media Architect for We Are Technology and the Lead Technical Writer. For the past 15 years she has independently authored several historical and performance informational websites and is currently working on her Masters of Arts degree as well as authoring several fictional novel projects. She is an ambitious energetic soul that loves learning new things and broadening her horizons.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Art, Culture, Digital Photography, Inspiration, Travel
3 comments on “Finding Golden Inspiration
  1. soskidottir says:

    Beautiful! DragonLady!

  2. soskidottir says:

    Reblogged this on Heart Trinkets and commented:
    Kindred spirit!

  3. SO homesick right now! :(
    Beautiful pictures!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 177 other followers

%d bloggers like this: