Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Mountains Are Out!

OK, so if the mountains are out today, where were they yesterday? In? In where?

Well, anyone living in Western Washington knows that the mountains--the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west--are always out there! But being 'out there' is not the same as being 'out.'

Confused? Let me explain.

Seattle is named the Emerald City--because of the abundance of green trees, green grass, and yes, green moss growing everywhere--growing from the abundance of rain! Lots of rain equals lots of clouds.

Clouds. Aha!

The mountains are usually 'under cover,' so to speak--a cloud cover! So, when we say the mountains are out, we mean the clouds are gone and we can actually see our beautiful mountains.

When the mountains are 'out,' it seems to cast a spell over us and it's not uncomman to find us gravitating toward those places where views of the mountains regale the senses. Today was one of those days, and I just happened to have my camera with me! I only had time to grab a couple of photos because I had to rush off to work. If the mountains are still 'out' tomorrow, I'll take more pics to share with you.

So here are the Cascades to the east... (Click pictures for larger detail)
...and the Olympics to the west.These are just simple pics from my point and shoot digital camera. Nothing fancy like The Pioneer Woman's Nikon. Nothing enhanced with Photoshop.

However, nothing compares to standing there in person, whether gazing at the Cascades or the Olympics, and seeing mountains from as far north and as far south as the eye can see. I tell you, the beauty can take your breath away!

Especially when the mountains are out!


Homestay Mama


  1. Ooooooohh... They are SO beautiful!
    I'm glad the mountains were out for you today, and I'm even gladder ( is that a word??) that you've shared them!

    I kept clicking back and forth, from one to the other and had to call the Old Guy in to see! He's now decided he wants to see Washington when we go over. :-)
    But I don't think he quite realizes how big the US is!

  2. Isn't it GLORIOUS!!!!??? We live at the base of the Sierra Nevadas and on a clear day we can also see the coastal range of California. Unbelievable. We have a RIOT of wildflowers covering the foothills everywhere. I HAVE CAMERA ENVY OF PIONEER WOMAN!!!!

    I remember being in your neck of the woods two years ago and forgetting, starting in Oregon, how you are just driving along and these HUGE mountains just loom, out of seeming nowhere, right into view. They are spectacular, unearthly. The kids and I took a detour to Mt. St. Helens and it was clear as a bell. We thought it was always like this. We had people in Seattle telling us we were lucky dogs because they had to time those visits and often, when they got there, she had hidden herself again. Beginners luck I guess. We'll be back there again in July. CAN'T WAIT!!!!

  3. Having been born and raised and lived in
    Florida for 51 years - I find mountains to be absolutely incredible. When I go out west (Colorado and Wyoming) to visit some of my girls, I can't get over the fact that they (the mountains) are everywhere!

  4. Tatersmama,
    When you and Old Guy come to the USA, I hope you will try to make it up north. I'd love to meet you.

    Living where you do, you know how captivating the mountains can be! And, yes, you were lucky to see Mt. St. Helens on a clear day. Luckily the mountains were still out today and I was off from work. So, I spent most of the day taking pictures, because, I might not get this chance again the next time the mountains are out. And, if you are coming up in July, I'd love to meet you!

    I've never been to Florida, but there is beauty there as well--the ocean, blue skies and endless sunshine for starters. I visited Montana one summer and the Rockies were awesome. I know what you mean about their being everywhere.

  5. You take beautiful pictures,thank you for sharing with this old Georgia gal.

  6. Thank you for stopping by, Anita. I tried to click on your name and find your blog, but couldn't. I must be doing something wrong.

    I'm sure Georgia has a lot of beauty too. Isn't that where they have beautiful southern colonial homes, and cypress trees with moss hanging from the branches? I've never been to Georgia, but I have this picture in my mind from novels I've read, so I may be waaaaay off! LOL