Mountain of Malevolence?
Sneffels Range, San Juan National Forest, Colorado, 2012
It's not Mordor, and I'm not Frodo (though I do carry the ring of power on my left hand). We tend to describe landscapes, especially mountains, with adjectives like forbidding, ominous, even evil. Death-trap is often used to describe mountains like Everest and K2, conjuring notions of some mountain god or goddess lying in wait to spring the snare on travelers ignorant or arrogant enough to dare approach the summit. But the mountain simply is, indifferent as a mud puddle or a field of summer wildflowers. Perhaps that indifference maddens us the most. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.