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Liquid Mountain Range | by David Cartier
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Liquid Mountain Range

I never tire of watching the continuous permutations of this mountain range when it is being shape-shifted by the whimsy of cold air mirages. During cold periods, especially when there is warmer weather somewhere nearby, they change shape with astonishing rapidity. In past years, when the mercury would soar to fifty or sixty below, I used to see the range part into huge pillars, sometimes the tops of the mountains would break off and seem to float in mid air. Oftimes I get thrilled by a particularly bizzarre optical configuration, but by the time I come to a stop, several hundred yards further down the icy road, they have resumed a more normal shape. From the top of a hill they may assume a fantastical visage ... at the hill's bottom, they are once again normal mountains ... At the apex of the next hill, the mirage has transformed their appearance again, into something else entirely. I try to photograph it, but one really needs to see it to believe it.

Near Beaver Creek, Yukon Territory, Jan. 20.

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Taken on January 20, 2008