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山の顔 – Faces Of Mountains


ガニソンから次の場所へ向かう道中にも、美しい景色が広がっていました。そんな景色を見ながら再確認したことがあります。
Beautiful scenery awaited us even along the way to the next destination from Gunnison. Then I confirmed one thing while I was gazing at such sights.

マグマが固まった後の結晶の硬さと堆積岩の柔らかさで山の形が決まるんだ。
The shape of the mountain is defined by the crystallized minerals from magma and the softness of sedimentary rocks.

だから尖った岩肌ができたり、滑らかな岩壁ができたりするんだ。
That’s why we see pinnacles of rock in one place, but the smooth face of other rocks in other places.

45度の熱と マイナス20度の氷結も道具なしで巨岩を分断し、山間を流れる川と空を舞う風は、岩が硬くても柔らかくても岩を削り取っていく。こうして山の顔ができるんだ。
The temperature extremes of a baking110F on the high end and a frozen -10F on the low end can also crack through a gigantic rock without using any tools. And don’t forget about rivers running through mountains and blowing winds. They also erode even the hardest of rocks. This is how the faces of mountains are created.

雨の合間の夕景色 – Sunset View in Between Rain


雨が降り続いていました。COVID-19のニュースも聞き飽きたし・・・ – It’s been raining every day.  We were tired of the COVID-19 news as well.

ちょうどエアポケットのように雨が止んだ時、山に登って見ました。 – We went up a hill when the clouds opened above us and the rain stopped briefly.

Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road はジャケット2枚重ねても寒いほどの高度。 – Mojave Desert Joshua Tree Road goes up high enough that it was cold even with two jackets on.

指が凍りつきそうでもシャッターを押し続けた。 – We kept pushing the shutter button repeatedly, even though our fingers became like frozen sticks.

もう、カメラの調整ができない。あたりは暗くなっていた。 – It was already dark when I realized that it was hard to control my camera.

これが帰り支度を始める前の最後のショット。 – I though this was my last shot before packing things up to go back to our car.

でも「後ろ見てごらん。」とバンちゃんが言ったので振り向いて見た。 – But suddenly Banchan said “Look behind you!”  I did.

うひゃ〜!空が燃えていた。 Wow!  The sky was on fire.