Sunday, November 13, 2011

Gods of the Mountains

Mt. Celo at Dusk, Black Mountains, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok


From ancient times, gods have been known to dwell on mountains. In Greece, Zeus and the twelve principle gods of Greek mythology inhabited Mount Olympus. Vulcan was associated with the fire of volcanos, where he made his thunderbolts. In Hindu and Buddhist cosmology, Lord Brahma is said to sit atop the scared mountain of Mount Meru, where he resides at the center of the universe. In Maori legend, the mountain being, Taranaki, retreated to New Zealand after losing a mighty battle between other mountains, and became known as the volcano Mount Taranaki. During spectacular sunsets, he is thought to be showing-off.

In this image, the gods of Mt. Celo appear to have gathered at sunset for a cook out. They are roasting marsh mellows over a camp fire, and eating s'mores.

13 comments:

  1. Nice shot with lovely light and colors.....good done Doug.

    greetings from Amsterdam, Joop

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  2. It's an amazing mountain and your picture is spectacular, the sky colors gave a romantic feeling about this postcard, very nice!
    Hugs and a nice Sunday
    Léia

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  3. All that light gone behind the mountain...it looks great!

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  4. very beautiful landscape - great sky
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  5. Great colours on those clouds.

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  6. è sempre un vero piacere ammirare i tuoi scatti,buona domenica,sabrina.

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  7. Nice landscape, love the colors of the clouds. Fantastic.
    Have a nice day.

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  8. wonderful view,,,,, powerful colors and depth

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  9. The colors in this composition are lovely...

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  10. Beautiful soft colors--it's easy to imagine the ancients looking to mountains like this to find their gods.

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  11. very informative & entertaining post.. that last one made me smile.. nicely captured..

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