The Rocks of Old Rag Mountain

Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park is a geological wonder.

I Choose the Mountain
Howard Simon

The low lands call
I am tempted to answer
They are offering me a free dwelling
Without having to conquer

The massive mountain makes its move
Beckoning me to ascend
A much more difficult path
To get up the slippery bend

I cannot choose both
I have a choice to make
I must be wise
This will determine my fate

I choose, I choose the mountain
With all its stress and strain
Because only by climbing
Can I rise above the plane

I choose the mountain
And I will never stop climbing
I choose the mountain
And I shall forever be ascending

With granite boulders bigger than life, the mountain began nearly 1 billion years ago. The coarse-grained igneous rock is abundant with white feldspar and blue quartz. Fascinating geologists with its natural staircases, and mafic dikes, the mountain is certainly one of a kind.

14 replies »

  1. What a stunning place to be, I can feel the peace that it sends out, the vibration of calmness, joy & that I am at one

  2. The 2 B&W shots really stole it for me. The light at the end of the tunnel in the first and the surreal rock suspension in the second.
    Artistic and beautiful.

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