LAPC #218: Over the Hill

This week the Lens-Artists community invites you to share images of what over the hill means to you.  Maybe you enjoy watching ant colonies. Is mountaineering in your future?  Does “over the hill and faraway” resonate with you?  Is there a storm brewing, a sun rising, a challenge you donโ€™t want to face? That age thing. The options are endless. I hope you will have fun creating something that represents over the hill for you. I look forward to seeing your perspective.

Donna of Wind Kisses

This week, we are very pleased to welcome Donna of Wind Kisses as our guest host. At a time when she is reaching an age milestone, she is wondering what’s up ahead. So, she asks, What does “over the hill” mean to you?

Some people think they are over the hill when they reach a certain age. They imagine that death is just around the corner or over the next hill. But that’s not the way I want to think about it.

Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Arthur Schopenhauer

I think there’s more to living than counting our years on earth. No matter how old you are, it’s time to look ahead, over the next hill.

It’s time to explore new places and see new vistas, like this wonderful view at the top of Whistler mountain.

It’s time to surprise myself and see what I’m capable of… like climbing these stairs leading to the Boboli Gardens…

Hopefully, my body and spirit will cooperate!

It’s time to wrestle with my fears and overcome them.

(And yes….I did cross this suspension bridge near the top of Whistler Mountain…and it felt wonderful…afterwards! ๐Ÿ˜Š )

This week we invite you to join Donna and all the Lens-Artists as we explore Over the Hill, Donna’s marvelous choice for this weekโ€™s challenge. Be sure to stop by Donna’s site to see her beautiful and inspiring photos. If you join us, Include a link to her original post.

Next week, the Lens-Artists team returns. Tina will be hosting a Treasure Hunt next Saturday at noon. She challenges us to find photos of:

  • A pet or pets (yours or someone elseโ€™s)
  • The moon or the sun (extra credit for both in one image)
  • Clouds (extra credit if you also include rain or snow)
  • A reflection
  • A child (extra credit if with other family members)
  • An umbrella (extra credit if you include a person using it)
  • A truck (extra credit if you include the driver or what the truck is hauling)
  • Autumn foliage (extra credit if itโ€™s something that only blooms in the fall)
  • Something fun you found on a walk

Be sure to stop by her Travels and Trifles site to get all the details.

Until then, have a week filled with plenty of good health and inspiration wherever you are!

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  1. Patti, while you are an amazing photographer, your gift is in your words. This outlook of yours brought tears to my eyes. It is beautiful. The autumn picture in the cemetery is so apropos as it is fresh. I love the reflection of the stone statue who appears to be in deep thought. And the suspension bridge gave me an….”I don’t know about that” moment. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  2. LOL Patti – I too turned gray (early 20s) at a young age but must admit I colored my hair until a few years ago. Loved your interpretation this week about overcoming the numbers and focusing on new vistas and achievements – absolutely!! Loved the Schaupenhauer quote – I’m going to put that one on my wall ๐Ÿ˜Š. Funny I hadn’t thought of including the similar bridge we crossed this summer at Grandfather Mountain – you’re looks longer and scarier! Also loved the statue looking out over the scenery and the long hard steps climb. All perfect for the week’s challenge – Well done!

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    • It was scary, for sure, but Alex was prodding me along! I had to do it just to prove to him that I could! Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful comments. I loved the Schaupenhauer, too!! Have a good week. Sunshine, I hope.

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  3. Patti, I love your approach to getting older. I agree – never stop seeing new vistas! Your images are fantastic, especially the stairs. Makes my legs hurt just looking at all of them. Congratulations on crossing that scary bridge!

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  4. Such fascinating “over the hill” photos. I enjoyed them all and also your choice of quotes.I have to say in terms of “age” it is better to be over the hill than under it. That is what I always tell myself.

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    • That’s a great attitude, Jude. I think it’s so important not to define yourself as “too old” or “old.” But I’m like you. I can’t believe it when my body tells me to slow down or rest.

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  5. Patti-
    Beautiful photos, and excellent points to ponder about aging and โ€œover the hill.โ€
    Perfect timing for me, Iโ€™ve just achieved 70โ€ฆ and while very, very happyโ€ฆ itโ€™s a mind-boggling place to be.
    Your thoughts keep me in the mindset Iโ€™ve vowed to keep. New vistas and achievements? Yep, count me in!!
    ~Jane

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  6. Beautiful photos, and when I read about the challenge and what ‘over the hill’ meant to me ~ my thought went directly to your view at the top of Whistler mountain. Yes ~ so many adventures to be had just “over the hill.”

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  7. I love this, both the sentiment behind it and the photos. I’m thinking along similar lines for my post which I’m working on right now, but going in a different direction … Meanwhile I’d love the chance to challenge myself to cross that bridge – it looks amazing!

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  8. Great shots Patti, love the steps and way to be bold crossing that suspension bridge. As far as over the hill goes, I like to phrase it a little different for those of us who feel like we’ve moved past our halfway point, ‘welcome to the other side of the mountain’…a little more positive feel to it…lol.

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  9. A beautiful post, as always, Patti! Love your words and thoughts, photos and quotes. Love it that you really crossed that suspension bridge too… Stretching oneself is just the way to grow. Let’s keep on growing with age!

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