Of hills and mountains

Spent a large part of my two days over the weekend recuperating and catching up on some much needed rest. The highlight for Saturday was trekking along the Southern Ridges trail with friends of my Vietnam trip group, while Sunday was mainly spending quality time with le parents and more art jamming in the comfort of the living room.

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A view through the foliage at Mount Faber Park.

An underlying theme I noticed over the two days though was that of hills and mountains. My Saturday trek saw me go on the familiar slightly hilly route of Hort Park-Henderson Waves-Mount Faber Park-Seah Im and back, while my inspiration for my Sunday piece was that of snow capped mountains, something I’ve always wanted to try but never did.

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Training for our trek in Sapa, Vietnam early next month. Making good progress!

I’ve always had a fascination with mountains. From my time with Cathy over the years visiting the Swiss Alps, then trekking up Hallasan Mountain in Jeju, Korea, and Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand; there’s always been something that makes me pause and wonder at the majesty and beauty of creation.

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Walking atop the ridge three quarters of the way up Roy’s Peak in Wanaka, NZ last year.

And for those who’ve been to the top of any mountain, you will know what I mean when I say that the peace and stillness that is present at the summit is indescribable, and a total contrast to the noise in the daily lives we are used to. Totally conducive for reflection and prayer.

It is little wonder that over the centuries many a prophet, monk, or hermit would withdraw themselves up the mountains so that they can be still. In mind, soul, and heart.

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“Snowy Mountains”, 9 Oct 2016.

As for my latest acrylic piece titled “Snowy Mountains”, the first thing that came into my mind was that from Psalm 121:1 – “I lift my eyes to the mountains; from where shall help come to me?”, which coincidentally is the opening line for the World Youth Day 2016 theme song. What are the odds? 🙂

Hoping to get in more practice but most likely all of this will have to be put on hold till November when my calendar frees up a bit more. Looking forward to my Vietnam trip as well once this month is over.

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