Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mt. Shuksan Down Under

I mentioned something a couple of posts down, (that Mt. Shuksan may be the 2nd most photographed mountain in the world), that reminded me of a funny story.

Back in the mid-80's I spent a year in Australia as an exchange student. Wonderful people, glorious country, amazing year. I lived for a time with a Dutch family who owned a photo shop. Looking around one day, I noticed something familiar. You know how when you buy a frame it usually has a display-picture in it already? Well, several of their frames held a picture of Mt. Shuksan.

I picked one up, showed it to my host family, and said, "Look! That's near where I live. I've stood right where this photo was taken!"

They thought I was joking. Absolutely did not believe me.

And I can understand why.

Now, Australia has a beauty all its own, and I appreciate it. Loved it. Came home with hundreds of pictures of it. But when you have people who live where 'wilderness' can look like this

you get a little perspective.

When they saw this

they concluded that the photo must've been taken from some extremely remote area, (I think they guessed in the Alps), not right beside a paved road, at a ski area.


Ruby said...

"I love a sunburnt country!"

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Me too, Ruby!

"A land of sweeping plains..."

leah said...

Well, it is incredibly gorgeous! I would have thought it was in a remote corner of the earth, too!

Have you ever read "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson? Fun reading- it makes me want to visit (except for all the poisonous animals that live there, lol)!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

YES! That's a great book.

I only spent a year there, but I could relate to many of his observations.

Thankfully, no close encounters with any of the "nasties", though I did have a funnel web spider's web pointed out to me, as we traveled through the outback.

Truly the country has its own brand of stunning beauty, but the people are the true attraction. Open. Welcoming. Generous. And friendly, in an I'll-make-fun-of-you-and-you-make-fun-of-me sort of way.

Maybe I'll take that book on vacation next week and re-read it :0)

Colleen said...

Two vastly different portraits of beauty ~ isn't God's diverse creation incredible?! I'm another "In a Sunburned Country" fan. Several of my Australian friends consider it less-than-worthy reading, but I confess I don't understand why that's the case.

Jeanne said...

Wow - that is spectacular!! Mind you, I love Oz, but that is like Wow!!