Mar 27, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

March 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015

Sometimes it is so easy to forget how insignificant man is, and it only takes one hike to remind me. That hike was the one up Callander Crags, one of the most memorable hikes I’ve had so far in Scotland. As I was hiking, a Chinese song titled “Small” kept popping up in my head, but “Powered by Nature” by Secret Garden also has a few lines of lyrics that resonated with me strongly: “I’m powered by mountains, they make me feel so small, so I can seize the wonder and the greatness of it all. I know I’m not alone on this planet Earth. I know I’m a part of God’s great universe.” Such vivid imagery, made real by the rolling hills in a distance behind Loch Venachar and the looming clouds hiding the rays of the setting sun. Oh, and I managed to capture the half-light atmosphere at dusk – do I get double points for this challenge? 😉

Feb 28, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

February 28, 2016 § 7 Comments

Callander Crags, Scotland, taken on October 31, 2015

While taking this photo, I was in a fascinated state of mind. I stood in awe as I emerged from an area of dense woodlands, completely not expecting that a vast landscape of hills would sudden appear in front of me out of nowhere. The hills seemed so far away, yet so paradoxically close – and the skies were so unconventionally clear for Scotland. I was genuinely content at that moment and I felt it necessary to pause and immerse myself in the pureness of nature, recognizing how small and insignificant I am among the hills, under the great sky.

Jul 24, 2015 – [Friday] Anything Goes: Cookie

July 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

Conic Hill, Scotland, taken on June 27, 2015

The climb to the top of Conic Hill was strenuous, but very rewarding! The views were amazing and worth every step of the way up! What made the summit even more enjoyable was the bag of white chocolate cookies that I brought with me to recharge my energy. I gotta give myself a pat on the back and a cookie to commend the efforts. Onto higher hills and mountains I go!

Jul 02, 2015 – [Thursday] Song Titles: The Hills Are Alive

July 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

Conic Hill, Scotland, taken on June 27, 2015

Every time I see the hills and mountains of Scotland, I just want to shout at the top of my lungs…the hills are alive! And they certainly are, as there is such a sense of spirituality surrounding these magical hills, especially when I climb one. Hiking up Conic Hill near Loch Lomond was an unforgettable experience of a close, personal interaction with these living, breathing hills that seem to call out to me, singing songs they have sung for a thousand years. Higher, higher, higher!

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