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Magic mountains

by Ellie Hopgood

Mountains are extremely majestic. I feel like that’s as close to a fact as an opinion can ever be. When you’re just a tiny human and you stand next to a colossal hunk of rock that makes you an ant at its feet, it’s hard not to be wowed.

Snow-covered mountains are even more magical, because they possess all the awesome qualities of your average mountain except instead of being dull grey and covered in dirt they are bright and sparkly and look like they’re covered in icing sugar. An epic mountain that’s also beautiful, what a win.

As I discussed in last week’s Get Snappy, mountains can be very challenging to photograph well. It’s easy to take an okay picture of a mountain, because you only need to snap a quick photo and people’s brains can fill in the blanks. They know that that mountain is huge and impressive and glorious, even if your photo itself doesn’t convey that very effectively.

Actually taking a photo of a mountain, or indeed a mountain range, that gives a true sense of how grand these structures are is hard. It’s very difficult to offer a sense of scale. Even when I could get a person in the picture, it still doesn’t quite transmit just how imposing they feel in front of you. Every time we hopped off the chairlift at the top of the mountain, I was in awe of the landscape before us. Peak after peak, covered in snow, sometimes with a cloud caught on top or literally sparkling as the snow frosted over. It was amazing.

The snow looks too perfect for words. It looks like icing sugar, leaving the mountain totally unblemished (except by the crazy brave – and experienced! – skiers who climb the ridge in order to ski down and end up leaving tracks through the untouched powder).

These mountains are part of the Pirin Mountains, which really do stretch out across the horizon wherever you look in Bansko.

When you’re at the top of the highest ski run, you can walk up a small snowy slope (as we did) to get the best, highest view of the whole ski resort. You can see huge, sharp peaks on one side…

…and more detailed, intricate peaks on the other. There are trees and plateaus and ridges and it’s all so beautiful I can’t cope.

The benefit of me having my own blog is that I can post what I want. I wanted to put out a whole post just about these mountains, or really, the photos I took of these mountains. I think they are so pretty and bright, it seems a shame to only post a few on Instagram or intersperse them with jokes about skiing or a review of Bansko’s runs.

I took many of these from the top of the highest ski run, or the viewing point above even that. Some of these were taken from the chairlift, sneaking a peek at the peaks through the trees, framed by the forest.

I think the blue skies and the clouds and the bright sun all give a different feel to these pictures. I love the contrast of the blue of the sky and the white of the snow. I love the amazing sunburst above the mountains. I love the ethereal look the wispy clouds add as they sit above the mountain range. All the different weather conditions produce different light, which makes for different images. It’s real and changeable but always spectacular.

Mountains are majestic. Hopefully one day I can photograph them in a way that truly shows that.

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Musicoftheheart17 February 16, 2019 - 7:29 pm

Wow! Some people dont “really” appreciate the beauty of Gods creation in the Mountain! But you captured them beautifully!!!!! The mountains have a way of making me feel small and humbled by how big and majestic they are! Thank you for taking such amazing and magical pictures! I love your blog!

Ellie Hopgood February 17, 2019 - 3:53 am

Thank you so much! This is such a lovely comment ☺️ I tried so hard to make sure the grandness of them came across so I’m glad you liked the outcome!

prajapati February 17, 2019 - 1:10 am

its so beautiful…
Amazed by sun-mountain clicks.

Ellie Hopgood February 17, 2019 - 3:54 am

Thank Prajapati. The sun bursts were so bright and detailed – I guess it’s the higher altitude!

jon mark February 18, 2019 - 10:49 am

your blog is beautiful. i wanna be as good as you someday..

Ellie Hopgood February 18, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Thank you Jon ❤️


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