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And I saw my reflection... by catch---22 And I saw my reflection... by catch---22
I took my love and took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill.
'Til the landslide brought me down.

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?


[link] Bush covering Fleetwood Mac's - Landslide



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a little bit before sunrise in the mist covered hills of my youth... the place where I "grew up" so to speak. My Parents accepted long ago that when I visit, I will disappear into these hills a fair amount of the time. to say the area is rural is an understatement. some might say we didn't have much to do. I am pretty sure I voiced the same lament on occasion myself. In retrospect I was wrong. my retreats were my books and these hills... with the time to indulge in both.

if you wish to picture the locals and the little towns that dot these hills... imagine a NC-17 Andy Griffith Show's Mayberry with the occasional Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil incident thrown in just to fuck with everyone's head. alol, needless to say, my free time was spent in the woods. they were usually easier to understand and began just across the street from my house. it was a spectacular playground. I hunted, fished, camped, and learned to move silently through them. about that time I hung up the guns for the camera. (no sport in it... there has to be sport) I explored every inch until I knew every inch. this included the stories and the histories.

this is one of my favorite places. I've tried shooting it tons of times to no avail. I like this one. it's a beautiful spot and I look out and see nothing but the stories. these are the Cookson Hills of far eastern Oklahoma. to the left of the far ridge was the western most settlement of the Mississippian Mound Builders. the Choctaw People were moved to these very hills on the trail of tears. to the left, a few miles up river, Cherokee Confederate forces sank a Union paddle-boat in the civil war. outlaws hid here in Indian Territory Days. Judge Parker, The Hanging Judge, sent his Marshals into these hills. I've pulled crappie out of these waters by the basket full... they're yummy, just two filets with fins. a little off frame to the right I pulled my best friend up out of a muddy bar ditch late one night after a fight with his girlfriend and a bottle of cheap gin. (both of which he lost.) I can remember counting the innumerable stars by the light of the campfire while listening to the lies of my buds and the bells on the tip of the catfishing rods.

anyway...

that's why I always go back and drive these hills. the land retains the stories, the histories and the memories. it sings them.

And I saw my reflection in a snow covered hill...

I suppose to know where one's going one has to know where he's been...and right now I am off to the new year (and catching up here)... may yours brings good light, fun and smiles.

:iconhappynewyearplz:

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if you turn around and go west a few miles to the other side of the ridge you are here.

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:icondarthjazz:
DarthJazz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Those colours are stunning!
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you!!!
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DarthJazz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
:)
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MarioDellagiovanna Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thank ou for your poetry, Dennis.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Mario :)
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing 'you'.. :heart:
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
awww you're most sweet Dove. :heart:
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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Enkased Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
wow, what a view! very nice work.
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you man.

the land is magic and feels very old. you'd do well there... but I'd give a hundred bucks to watch the culture shock hit you day one.
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Enkased Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
very welcome!

haha... yeah, I can only imagine...
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
lol, it can be different.
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dennis, this has to be one of the prettiest sights ever! I'm so jealous! lol I know what you mean about disappearing into the woods though. Did that for years, all summer, every summer and every weekend we could get down the road to the cottage. I miss that feeling very much.
Beautiful image Dennis :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
awww... thank you so much Holly :)
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :hug:
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erene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Beautiful soft colours!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Erene!
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hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured! : [link] :hug:
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you!!!!
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:iconhayley--jade:
hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :hug:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Photographer
:)
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
A new and good camera:))
Enjoy it dear Dennis:heart:
Wonderfull photo:)
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you dear Rezzan... I plan on it! ;)
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Looking forward to see ur new photos:))
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
:heart:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great layers, textures, and colors, Dennis! :clap:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you LeeAnne :bow:
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LAlight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
my pleasure! :)
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
:)
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful image Dennis and you are eloquent in putting down your thoughts about a place that means much to you. Congratulations!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Peter... I'm glad you enjoyed :)
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're most welcome. =)
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kiezix Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I. Want. to. be. THERE. NOW!... Beautiful scenery and photo... Awesome colors. I want to sit somewhere there and sit, sit and looking around... I love how you find ideal ambience (I don't know what english word I should use there to describe what I want to, but I've hope You understand what i mean) of places and things. Next thing what I like in your photos is this peace, silence. You show me places where I realy want to be in the same climate, atmosphere, time and way.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
you're most kind... thank you very much for your words and favorite :)
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lucia45 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. It is a beautiful experience listening to Bush covering Fleetwood Mac while looking at your photo and reading your words.
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
well thank you very much... glad you enjoyed :)
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
very touching background to this image..the picture expresses the histories and stories beautifully. get lost exploring every pixel of this..imagining what it must of been like growing up wandering this landscape. thank you for sharing, dennis :peace:
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Addam... it was a fun place to get lost. :peace:
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NWunseen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Photographer
:nod: a pleasure, dennis :peace:
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely relaxing place.........
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:iconcatch---22:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you very much :)
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful and calming place with great tones
wonderful work Dennis
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you Ognen :peace:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:horns:
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:iconzakily:
Zakily Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Writer
Wow! Indeed amazingly attractive place and truly impressive view! Awesome shot and thank you for sharing and for additional details about it! :) :clap: :hug:
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broshsara Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
So you've got some snow!!!!!

Happy New Year Dennis:)
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning view with fabulous depth...top scenic Dennis :relax:
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Juno-Janus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Really wonderful your reflection Dennis!
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catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
thank you dear Juno :)
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