Catskill Mountain Overview of the Chungnan Mountains

“Among the genteel recluses living in the Chungnan Mountains, one person who wasn’t looking for a shortcut to the capital was Wang Wei.  Wang Wei chose the Chungnan Mountains as a shortcut out of town.  It was here, in the relative seclusion of his Wang River hermitage, that he blended life and art in such an overpowering manner that he created a standard to which educated Chinese have been attracted ever since.  Wang Wei was the genteel recluse without peer.  He took seclusion seriously, turning
seclusion into art and art into seclusion.”

–  Bill Porter (Red Pine), ROAD TO HEAVEN, Encounters with Chinese Hermits

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Red Pine’s book must have still been resonating somewhere deep within me as I racked out the lens to assume my bird’s eye position over a distant mountain range in a faraway land.  The Chungnan Mountains wave across central China.  What a fantastic gift to be transported there, albeit imaginatively, via the transportive morphing countenance
of an early July sunset.

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Our high altitude flight banks right  . . .
A caldera aglow beneath the cloud cover  . . .

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The Chungnan range begins to reveal itself as we approach
the threshold of a cloud portal  . . .

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Clouds clearing, it looks like we’ll be landing soon in central China  . . .

. . .  And beginning our long journey on foot up the slopes of the beckoning
Chungnan Mountains to the heavenly hermitage of Wang Wei.

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Let your imagination roam and finish the journey.

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What’s been demonstrated above is the magical power of the camera to “frame” and “amplify” a memory (in this case reading Red Pine’s book) and still deeply resonating feelings (the after effects of imbibing his words over six months ago).

Couple that with the fractal ability of clouds to illustrate just about any figurative subject imaginable – in this case mountains – and one sees why children find such glee in cloud-watching and how we aging youngsters might do our weary souls some immeasurable good by looking up more often.

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Okay.  Here’s the actual Catskill Mountain context for this journey.
I’m going to reel-in the lens to a wide angle view.

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Amazing, isn’t it?
How a picture-perfect mountain range has been “rendered” by clouds.

Although photographed in the Catskill mountains, that “mountain-scape”
we see above the tree line is what I term Cloudform-Ephemera.

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Our point of view has been my home’s front deck.
Time to return back inside.  The cat is calling for his food.

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One last view of the fast dissolving Chungnan Mountains.
The “mouth” of night is about to swallow the entire scene.

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Thanks to my friend Kathy for her gift of  ROAD TO HEAVEN, Encounters with Chinese Hermits, by Bill Porter (Red Pine).

Images captured:   07.09.2010   |   Woodstock, NY

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