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Far from the crowds and away from the noise is Wilderness Lake.
This is a place of pristine beauty, quiet majesty, and tranquil silence, located high in the Wallowa Mountains of Oregon, USA. It is reached by a nine mile hike from the trailhead, so anybody who makes it to this isolated spot has worked a bit to get there.
But that’s how it often is, isn’t it? The goals worth reaching, the places worth being – these are not ready at hand, like shopping outlets, easily reached on wide, straight roads that many, many people are driving upon.
Rather, to get to the remote places requires the same determination that it takes to reach the wildest dreams – one must be willing to walk, steadily and purposefully, and to take the trail as it comes. There won’t be a lot of other people on the trail, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth being upon: indeed, the few people one does meet knows the value of their destination, and they understand why we are so willing to work to get there.
The climb is steadily upward, but since there is no rush, there is no need to unduly tire ourselves. Indeed, part of the process is the journey itself, and with each turn of the trail a new vista awaits. Sometimes, we see little because we are surrounded by trees; other times, we reach a spot where we see a vista before us. Each sight is different, each beautiful, each a part of the adventure of the hike.
When we finally arrive at the lake (which is actually called Ice Lake; the name of the painting is Wilderness Lake) we feel that we have truly accomplished something, and it was well worth the time and work to get here.
(A companion piece to Wilderness Lake is The Divide, also on this site. Additional images of Ice Lake on this site can be found at First Light, First Light Wilderness, and Shades of Turquoise. And a fanciful view of the area is Lady of the Lake.)
Featured in 20 Fine Art America groups.
September 25th, 2019
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