Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mountains of concrete

We have returned from Utah and all is well.  The Professor enjoyed his meetings and skied well and I gained a few pounds while sitting around while my knee continued to heal.  Ugh!

For several days we had beautiful weather during our stay in Snowbird.  But then a heavy snowstorm was predicted and not wanting to be stranded since we didn't have a four-wheel drive, we decided to leave ahead of it. Unfortunately, we didn't leave EARLY enough and found ourselves inching down the mountainside in low visibility traveling barely two miles an hour.  It was quite intense as we passed a number of cars that had slid off the road.  

What was amazing to me was the number of cars that were coming UP the mountain!  I guess there is nothing like fresh powder for those who love to ski.

Me, though ... I'll take sugar-white beaches of sand versus snow.  Too cold in those mountains! Although I do love Utah's beauty and wide open spaces.  The mountains are breathtaking.


Unlike my view today in downtown Philly.

I guess one could call these buildings or better yet,
these 'concrete mountains",
as breathtaking.


And in a way, they are breathtaking.




But whenever I feel enclosed,
I find myself looking skyward.



It makes me feel more free.


My preference always is and always will be wide open spaces
filled with critters and birds, beaches and shorelines.

And that's why while in the city today between my appointments, 
I found this delightful window view where I could write this post.

Even in a city filled with concrete,
beauty and space can be found.
We only have to look up!



27 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

:) always something to appreciate.

She Who Carries Camera said...

I, too, prefer the wide open spaces with the chirping of birds and the smell of fresh cut grass.

Kerri said...

Wide open spaces for me too!! But those building are lovely!!
Glad you made it down the mountain safe and sound.

eileeninmd said...

I love the wide open spaces too. I am not a city girl. I am glad you made it down the mountain safely. Beautiful photos!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I've become quite fond of the city these days, but I don't get there often enough. I have a bunch of friends who work in the Comcast Center, so I've been in there a few times. The view from the upper floors is quite breathtaking!

Country Girl said...

I think these are beautiful shots, Reena. Love your mountains of concrete. Welcome home. We need to get together ~

Lois Evensen said...

Beautiful series. Yes, mountains of concrete, indeed.

Brian Miller said...

nothing wrong with wide open spaces...i dont mind the city either....really cool reflection shots....and glad you had a good trip...

Sylvia K said...

I prefer the beaches and the mountains, but there is beauty in cities as well -- just not my preference. Love your captures for the day, Reena! Hope your knee is continuing to heal!! Take care!

bill lisleman said...

look up look down - people just need to remember to keep looking.

Barbara said...

I prefer wide open spaces and white sand versus snow, too, but your photos are gorgeous! Glad you made it through that storm okay!

Gillian Olson said...

I tend to prefer the outdoors more than dense urban areas. Great concrete pictures though.

Kathy said...

No matter where you are, you always make everything look beautiful!

Out on the prairie said...

beauty is always around, it takes a good eye sometimes to see it

Awena Robert said...

Hi Reena,

I feel this series is very different, to what you have been presenting us on your blog. But I really like these photos of concrete, with the reflections, it's superb. I also really like the finish / style you added to it. What did you you use to give it this kind of pastel look?
Have a good day.

ladyfi said...

A lovely series of shots. I don't like cities, but concrete mountains are visually exciting in their own way.

Daryl said...

welcome home ... love love love the last shot, not that the reflection shots are awesome .. but out that window .. i could sit there all day ... kate's right we need to get together!

S. Etole said...

Those are some amazing views.

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great post Reena! I can feel the height and also the cold!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

love the reflections - so cool. those clouds look wild as well. have fun in utah. happy <3 day!! ( :

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Your architecture shots are stunning.

Linda R said...

I just Love Utah. It is such a beautiful state. It's one of our favorite places to camp But I must say the beach is my favorite place to be.

Your photos look amazing.

Hugs

Jennifer Richardson said...

i get so hungry for sky, too.
i love the gulps of freedom
i get from your photos,
Jennifer

bon bon said...

that mountain image is postcard perfect! fun treatment to these too. :)

bailey-road.com said...

Love your editing.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

All fabulous images, the reflections in the 'glass mountains' are magical..but like Daryl, the last image really made my day, so good.

Harshi said...

Wow Reena, didn't know buildings could look this stunning! Indeed they're mountains in a big city, and breathtaking too when they reflect the sky's hues from dawn to dusk.