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Today’s hike

Thirty years ago I was drifting in and out of wakefulness, during a lecture on the role that James Fenimore Cooper played in defining Western views of the American wilderness. Some old guy was wittering on about how the 18th Century Romantics defined picturesque as that sweet spot between the soft and sexy beauty of say undulating hills, bosomy clouds so forth, and the raw and god-fearing sublime quality of brutal stuff, such as jagged mountains. This photograph obviously fits that definition of picturesque which I learned so long ago, but it is also strong evidence that our time would be better spent hiking Canadian mountains than daydreaming through lectures on the American frontier.

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