I walked outside this morning and was pleasantly surprised by the warmth of this November day. I've been wanting to get over to the Wichita Mountains for a while now.
But after I arrived, I didn't want to be there. The sun was too high, there weren't any clouds in the sky. It looked the same as it did every other time I'd been there. But, the Wichita Mountains were different, in October of 2010 I took a day and drove over to the Wichitas, one of the earlier trips I made alone to do photography. I visited the Holy City among other places on this day. I have found solace in these mountains on certain days, my posts don't adequately reflect the reasons I were there, yet I feel like those memories live in these mountains now and I don't want to go there anymore.
But, I wanted to capture the sunset. Of course, the sunset, is predictable. It is no random event, it happens regularly you can find the time posted online.
Here is a little information about these ancient mountains.
Initially I loved photography because it was all about composition. But, I couldn't really see. I couldn't see what a good photograph was. There was some mystery involved, that I didn't understand no matter how much I read about it. There was a mystery without technical knowledge. Now photography is a science and not as much of an art to me.
But it's not a mystery now. I know exactly what I'm looking for in a photograph. It's not as much fun for me anymore.
The mountain was crowded tonight. People seek to get back to nature by leaving the crowded city and going to crowded places of natural beauty. I think the farm is more peaceful than the mountains.
This post is kind of everywhere following my thoughts. I used to come here for peace but those memories linger in the ancient granite. So, I can't find solace in these mountains anymore. I wasn't looking for peace today though, I was looking for a place to try out my new lens.
I do like the wide angle lens for these shots. I was tired of waiting on the sunset by this time.
I was ready to go home. I think I like going east more than west now. I prefer the Ouachitas on Talimena drive.
But as the earth began to glow as the sun was sinking down on the horizon I appreciated being there.
Sometimes the earth is grey, sometimes if you are in the right spot at the right time you can see the mountains turn into a mono-tone of blues, yet sometimes you can see the world cast in a yellowish glow, the warmth of the sun as it fades away. Soon the yellow fades and we're left with darkness.
But it was time to drive home in darkness. I think, I didn't find solitude or peace. I found memories I don't want and I found a little bit of loneliness in these mountains today.