Apart from the morning haze making the mountains blue instead of purple,, and the waves being of yellow sunflower rather than amber grain, this seems about as close to a photo version of 'America the Beautiful' as I could hope for. Some vision of our nation as an Arcadia where we live in harmony with a soft and domesticated nature. Of course, in reality, it's plainly visible where our sense of peaceful mastery has gotten us.
RAbbit Ears Pass, Colorado //
Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO
Standing there, on the edge of the water, a perfect mirror in its stillness, it was easy to imagine I was actually asleep back in my tent, sleepwalking through a dream world. Lucky for me, I was awake. I don't know about you guys, but I'm prone to living in my mind. I find it easy to get lost in thought, memories, and daydreams, to forget about the real world. It's a healthy reminder, then, when I wander into moments like these that remind me: what is already out there on Earth is a thousand times more magical, more fascinating, and more real than any daydream.
Of course, this is assuming that reality isn't a dream itself.