A Landscape of the Mind

“The wild flowers dance when brushed by my sleeves. 

Reclusive birds make no sound as they shun the presence of people.”

– Emperor Ningzong, Song Dynasty

Ma Yuan, Walking on a Mountain Path in Spring, ca. 1160-1225

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Lost in a Landscape

Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, 1868

Have you ever lost yourself inside a beautiful picture? Whether a fiery sunset, a perfect beach, or a stellar cosmos, there is always a scene that leaves us breathless, wishing we were inside the picture, not outside looking in.

There are a few works that draw me in without fail, and one of them is a breathtaking view of the California landscape: Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, by Albert Bierstadt. Continue reading