the view from the mountain

Shasta-9891They say what goes up, must come down… Note the crooked tree on the slope to the right. The view in the distance looks like the jagged outline of Castle Crags.Shasta-9896I bet the views are terrific on a clear day. The shots of the summit turned out fine, but looking toward the south it was quite hazy. The lighting was all wrong, but I’m posting these shots anyway to offer a hint of what was to be seen from the mountain. According to the literature Lassen Peak (another volcano) is supposed to be visible roughly 70 miles off in the distance (as the crow flies). Not on this day.Shasta-9878Here the mountains recede into the haze. The view of those many mountains seeming to go on forever was pretty impressive.Shasta-9912There were plenty of rocks as seen here in the foreground along the side of the road. Apparently some folks amused themselves balancing them. I’m guessing this pile was scraped off the road after some rock slides.Shasta-9918This shot of Black Butte, a satellite cone of Mt Shasta, turned out better than the previous images, probably because there was less haze looking in a westerly direction. I was lucky enough to catch the moon hovering over the peak.Shasta-9926Having left the mountain, I encountered this view (from right to left) of Mt Shasta, Shastina and Black Butte (near the left edge), as seen in the previous shot. This entire region has a peaceful and serene atmosphere. It’s hard to imagine it being born of cataclysmic volcanic activity. Though there’s plenty evidence of just that everywhere.

The Earth is God’s pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games. ― Tom RobbinsEven Cowgirls Get the Blues

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