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WQW #31: Mountains – Nature’s Peace

August 17: Earth: Mountains, Rocks

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays (a Photo or Writing Challenge)

Featured Bloggers for WQW #30: Lakes

Thank you to those who linked.



This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

Definition of Landforms of the Earth

“a natural feature of the earth’s surface.”

Oxford Dictionary online
  • mountains
  • boulders
  • rocks
  • hills
  • foothills
  • mesa
  • canyons
  • valleys

For More Ideas about Earth Landforms


Glorious Mountains

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!”

John Muir
Sierra Nevada Mountains pictured from Woodlake, California
January morn
Propel spirits to the peaks.
Immortal sunshine

Crisp blasts of fresh air
Transports and cleanses the mind
Leaving behind joy

Visual delight
Sharp peaks disect tranquil blue
Purity on high

© Marsha Ingrao 2022
Haiku or Haiga Garland

Not that there aren’t landforms in Indiana, but growing up there, I had no idea how much I would fall in love with mountains when we moved to Oregon. Since I was fifteen, I’ve never lived far from them. Mom took us to the Willamette Valley at the foot of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. My first husband and I moved to the Rocky Mountains outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado, then to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range in California.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.”

John Muir
Granite Dells at Willow Lake in Prescott, AZ
Gnarled, splotched
Sunburnt, weathered, streaked
Prayers for peace

© Marsha Ingrao 2022

After living in the foothills of Sawtooth Mountain Peak for 35 years, I retired to Prescott, Arizona where, at 5,300 feet above sea level, Vince and I love being surrounded by the even higher elevations of the Bradshaw, Santa Maria Mountain Ranges, Granite Mountain, Thumb Butte, and the Granite Dells.

Granite Dells at a distance with the mountains in Flagstaff in the distance
Granite Dells at Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ

As you think about what to post consider rocks in structures as well as landforms. The earth is our bounty.

Rock structure – the Museum of Indigenous People in Prescott, AZ

Other Challenges

IRL (In Real Life)

We are having another blogger meet-up if anyone happens to be passing through the Prescott area on September 15th. Let Lisa from Micro of the Macro, or I know if you are interested in meeting us for lunch.

Lunch at noon at the Cellar Creekside, September 15th Right off Highway 17 on Highway 169 going into Prescott Valley. RSVP

What About Your Experiences?

Remember if you are researching a topic, you have found a gold mine of quotes. I summarized articles, and the name or website behind the post adds the gravitas I might lack about a topic. Don’t forget that songs count as quotes, too.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On August 9th Story Chat presented Gloria McBreen’s new story, “Backstab.”
  • PPAC #59 – “Quick Trip to San Francisco” (Photographing Public Art Challenge) is your choice of art – no theme! Two more days to link.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • August 24: Travel/Transportation: Cars or Trucks
    • August 31: Holiday: Labor Day/Work Ethic/Dirty Jobs/or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY Review
  • For a list of past WQW posts visit my WQW Page

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  1. I wish I were coming out your way, but I think our flying travel days are done. It’s just too stressful now. If it hadn’t been for COVID, I think we’d have gone one more time because we love it, but now? The air travel alone might finish us off. But what a pity. I really do love it there. Especially right about where YOU live! That’s my favorite place near the Big Hole.


  2. So many replies that I am writing to you personally to say I loved the Haiku/Haigu? What? The cloud formations as we look toward Flagstaff in the distance just wowed me!!



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    • Thanks, Monica. This is a beautiful place. The clouds and rock formations are stunning sometimes. We rarely have fog or dusty air so you can see them every day even during monsoon season.


  3. Beautiful photos marsha
    And fun theme
    Also / the logger event sounds really fun but I won’t be even close to that area at that time – but it is on my list to possibly join some year!

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  4. Oh the joy of living high in the mountains and how I envy you! Mostly my live has been in rolling hills, but for almost a decade I live atop the mountain on which Jerusalem is built. I was absolutely sure the air was different “up there.” I’ll have to try and look for this challenge. I get so much email, messages get buried. But at least I found this one! My post will be up just after midnight and thank you for your amazing photographs. They are downright inspiring!

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    • Your words are inspiring as well. I sure hope you are busy writing your life story. You and your husband have lived such an adventure. With your beautiful photos, and your interesting writing style you create such an amazing blog post. To live in Jerusalem – just to visit is a dream of so many. What an amazing place and to have the familiarity with it makes me envious! 🙂 Thanks for joining in this week, Marilyn.


    • Thank you. I love both writing and photography, and blogging gives all of us a great outlet for both hobbies or avocations, in the case of some. 🙂


  5. Majestic landscape photos and fine poems (I especially enjoyed how the second one sounds). It’s so nice that you got to live in Oregon, Colorado, and Arizona, the states with some of the most striking mountains in my opinion (though I might have overlooked some since I have yet to visit any American mountains). Those cloud formations over Granite Dells are very beautiful.

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  6. Well, this is a fine kettle of fish! I didn’t see your posts in my Reader, and was starting to worry…so I searched my Followed blogs–and you were “disappeared” through no intentional act on my part. Maybe the glitch you were experiencing re commenting on my posts–was contagious, who knows. Anyhoo–you’re back on the blog roll (sigh of relief)! Hope you are well, God bless!💖 (Leslie/Leyde)

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    • I noticed that everyone has the black box, but it is usually out of the way. I wrote to them and I haven’t had a problem since, fingers crossed! Glad we’re back together! 😊😊😊

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      • You wrote to WP? If so, I hope they get right on it!! Because I had a similar issue last night, and it is frustrating. Yes, I’m glad too–I thought I was losing my mind, as well as your blog posts! That’s not good😉 Wish I knew what that black box is, you’re talking about…a mystery.

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        • You don’t even notice it unless it’s in the way. Whenever I comment on a post, it gives three choices of ways to sign in. I always choose WordPress unless I can’t! BTW you can chat with a WP tech person if you have a premium account, which is $99 per year. It took me a few years before I realized what a great benefit that is. I think you mentioned that you have that as well. To get them, click on the question mark when you are writing a post and sn option “chat” comes up. In this case no one came on to chat, but I haven’t had the problem again.

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          • I remain puzzled…because I only Follow and comment on WP blogs, and I never see “3 options to sign in”–I’m already signed into my blog, so other than the one last night that was weird…it goes smooth as silk for me. I don’t deal with blogs that are complicated–if I can’t easily navigate, find Like button, and comment without a fuss…I’m just not playing. I don’t have the energy, time or patience for messing around. But that’s just me. And I still don’t know why you can’t comment on my blog–but it’s not a concern to me. I figure if I leave a comment on yours, you’ll reply–and that’s good enough 🙂

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  7. Fab photos of the mountains from your former and current homes’ perspectives, Marsha! The poems are perfect that go along with them! I’m obviously online and didn’t go camping like we intended this week (too hot). Prescott really does have some amazing scenery and landscapes as you so deftly share with us. Love the vista of the granite dells with the mountains of Flagstaff in the distance!

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    • I’m sorry you didn’t get to go camping. What a bummer. We are still haaving rain. It’s hot when the rain isn’t coming down. I ventured out even thought the clouds were about 2 miles deep. It held off until Puppy Girl and I got back home, but I didn’t go for the full walk.

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  8. I was trying to find a quote about the part of England I live in; The Fens.
    A few hundred years ago most of the area was for most of the year underwater with just a few Islands permanently above the water level, the towns and villages in the area were built initially on these islands.
    Although drainage of the fens had started in the roman period it wasn’t until the seventeenth century that major progress was made.
    The land is flat without much in the way of hills, there are certainly no mountains.
    The quote is something along the lines of, “Anyone can see the beauty in mountains and forests but it takes a man with real discernment to see the beauty in the fens.”
    We are blessed in much of the area with 360degree skies wonderful spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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