Unsung beauty

Whenever we visit my in-laws, I look forward to the panoramic views of Mount Shasta, at 14,179 ft. (4,322 m) one of the highest peaks in California. However, this time the mountain was covered by clouds the entire time we were there and I never saw it in its full glory. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it caused me to focus on the beauty closer at hand—the beauty of a tree full of berries, of moss growing on a rock, of cedar seeds floating in a puddle in the driveway.

All too often we’re seduced by the grand views and we forget to look at the little things around us. This post is meant to celebrate the kind of unsung beauty we too often miss. All of the photos below were taken either on my in-laws’ property or in their rural neighborhood on the outskirts of the town of Mount Shasta.

A glimpse of Black Butte, the “other” mountain in Mount Shasta
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Cloud and trees
Birch filigree
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The colors of winter
Winter meadow
Backlit ferns
Still life with oak leaves
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New life from an old oak tree
Moss so soft you want to lie down on it
Forgotten apple tree
Mountain ash
Mountain ash berries
Leaf litter on driveway
Western redcedar seeds and leaves
Cedar seeds floating in puddle


  1. I love this sort of thing -- finding the "hidden" beauty around us. Especially like the moss and puddle photos!

  2. Glad you had the opportunity this time, the sceneries are special indeed. My favourite is the mossy one!

  3. My MIL said I should take some of the moss-covered rocks home, and I may do so at Christmas. This time I only took a couple of chunks of obsidian, found in many places near Mt Shasta (which is a dormant volcano).

  4. Wonderful photos, my favourites are the Mountain Ash and Mountain ash berries.

  5. Fabulous photos Gerhard! What a wonderful place! I can see what fun you had with your camera!


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