August 17: Earth: Mountains, Rocks

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

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IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

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

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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

Haiga
© 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

79 responses to “WQW #31: Mountains – Nature’s Peace”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    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.

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  2. LianaB Avatar

    This is quite a different take on the topic but it has been a wild week so that’s my excuse.

    https://lightwritelife.wordpress.com/2022/08/24/wqw-31-earth-just-add-water-and-rocks/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Everyone should read this post and keep Liana in their thoughts this week.

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  3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your poems and beautiful pics Marsha. You lived in some amazing gorgeous places. Great captures!
    Wow, you are meeting up with Lisa too?!! I wish I could join in.
    💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Come on over! I would love to chat with you about poetry.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        I sooooo wish I could

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  4. Monica Pizura Avatar
    Monica Pizura

    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!!

    Xoxox

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous post, my friend. 🙂

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  6. Prior... Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That would be great, Yvette. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        ☀️😊☀️

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  7. Priscilla Bettis Avatar

    Beautiful photos, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much! It’s hard to make mountains look ugly. 🙂

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  8. Marilyn Armstrong Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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  9. […] I saw a lovely post over at Marsha Ingrao’s blog Always Write, about Mountains and formations, you can read Marsha’s post here: https://alwayswrite.blog/2022/08/17/wqw-31-mountains-natures-peace/. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous post, Robbie. 🙂

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  11. wideeyedwanderingspoonie Avatar

    “sharp peaks dissect tranquil blue” — Beautiful descriptive and wonderful shots 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous post, Sadje. Your posts are as deep as your mountains are high. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Oh thank you so much my friend.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Well earned compliment!

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Much appreciated my friend

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’ll be on the search for mustard!

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  13. Gift N. T. Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much Gift. The mountains here in Arizona are astounding. I would love to see Utah, too. 🙂

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  14. Leyde Ryan Avatar
    Leyde Ryan

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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      1. Leyde Ryan Avatar
        Leyde Ryan

        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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        1. Marsha Avatar

          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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          1. Leyde Ryan Avatar
            Leyde Ryan

            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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  15. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I really like this post, Marsha. Mountain formations are a wonderful topic.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Robbie. They are beautiful no matter where they are.

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      1. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

        Yes, they are, Marsha.

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  17. Kirstin Avatar

    Granite Dells looks beautiful…Love your poem too.
    Finally got my post done. Here’s the link.. https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/08/wqwtheme-earth-mountains-and-rocks.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Kirstin. I’ll be back after my appointment to take a look. Can’t wait!

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  19. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, Lovely pictures, poems and quotes of the mountains. Your picture of Granite Dells and the mountains in Flagstaff at a distance is amazing. It captures a lot of nature in one frame.
    Here’s my contribution for WQW this week. It’s a postcard from ‘The Rock” and has a quote:
    https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/08/19/postcard-from-st-johns/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Beautiful post, Natalie. I love all the public art. The info about the longest highway is amazing.

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  20. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Stunning photos of the mountains Marsha! I love it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. It’s impossible to take a bad picture of them.

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        I can see that! So Impressive!

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  21. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    That shot of Granite Dells, but the photos are all super, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, John. It’s a beautiful place here.

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  22. bushboy Avatar

    Lovely photos and words Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, BB. High words of praise!

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  23. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  24. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    What a beautiful area, Marsha. I am awed.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It is an awe-inspiring place, Jacqui. 🙂

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  25. fenlandphil Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a great quote. The same could have been said of Indianapolis where I grew up. It was as flat as a pancake. The area is quite green, though.

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  26. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    We loved the mountains in Colorado and didn’t even realize there were so many when we moved down here. They are so majestic, aren’t they??
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I loved Colorado, although the mountain highways made me nervous!

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  27. Tofino Photography Avatar

    inspirational quotes from the likes of Einstein,Muir and the like, would go along great with your shots Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, so much. You can’t go wrong with either of those two!

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  28. willowdot21 Avatar

    Fabulous photos 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Willow. My new project is to write poetry to go along with both my photos, a quote and some of my WQW themes. Eventually, I hope to publish them.

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        I think that’s a wonderful idea Marsha and I wish you all the very best with the book 💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Willow. I have a book with about 150 poems I’ve already written – some good, some awful and every where inbetween. I have written quite a few Haikus and other poems for Colleen’s challenges, which I’m giving a second look. So I have lots of photos to find! LOL

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            That’s a lovely project 😄

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, Willow. It’s coming, and it’s fun.

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          3. willowdot21 Avatar

            Happy to hear that 💜

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much Saania. 🙂

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  29. restlessjo Avatar

    Love that shot of Granite Dells at a distance, Marsha, and it’s really lovely in close up too. Certainly looks like a joyful place to live 🤗💕

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That’s a good word for it, Jo. It is a place that makes me smile whenever I’m out for a walk or a drive. It is lovely in every direction.

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