Donna at Wind Kisses, creator of beauty through photos and words, is guest hosting the Lens-Artists Challenge this week in honor of her joining the over-the-hill gang in the same week. 🙂 (That includes me, so I feel free to say that.)

When somebody says to me-which they do like every 5 years- “How does it feel to be over the hill?” my response is, “I’m just heading up the mountain.” — John C. Baez

Sometimes the path leads literally over the hill as it did here in Cape May, New Jersey quite some years ago. There’s something intriguing about a path that leads through a portal, don’t you think?

Sunset in Wyoming. I was down near the cabin when I decided there might be a wonderful sunset in the offing, so I ran up a very, very long, steep hill (at 7,000’+ altitude) that the horses take some time getting up. I wasn’t over the hill but the sun certainly was. I was simply exhausted but managed to keep the camera steady.

I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top. — Will Rogers

Plants that are seemingly over the hill still may manage to keep their beauty. Of course diamonds always add to that!

Sometimes “over the hill” is a bit more permanent than just being old. This is being ancient!

These rock stairs invite you to go over the hill in Descanso Gardens in California.

One early morning on the way home, the Bighorns once again stunned as I drove over the hill (think mountain and very unimproved road) and get ready to put it in first gear and head down the mountain. You never know what view might await over the hill.

Over the hill means the hardest climb is over and the view is terrific.
~found on a coffee mug

Finally, we’re now in autumn and in many places leaves are now over the hill, aging gracefully and beautifully.

  1. restlessjo says:

    Love your interpretation, Janet. You and me both when it comes to that hill! And I’ve rushed breathlessly upstairs to just miss a sunset so I did appreciate yours, and all those fluffy clouds you looked down on. Have a great week, hon!

  2. Your photos are stunning and right on target. As for ‘over the hill,’ I think it is all relative to the age bracket you’re speaking from. Being over the hill at 60 is a whole lot different than 65, 70, 75, 80+. If you’re lucky, you’ll find out how different it is. 🙂

  3. peggy says:

    Quite an array of different photos, but very enjoyable post and the scenery was beautiful/

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    So many magical vistas here, Janet. That first shot is a stunner.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful images this week Janet – and spot on for the challenge. Your vista looking down on the clouds is amazing and I loved your little acorns – poor things! I’m with Judy though, over the hill is definitely a relative term!!

    • Thanks, Tina. I’m happy you like the photos. Coming over the top of the hill and seeing those clouds was just amazing. I agree with Judy, too. As you get older, “over the hill” changes definition drastically. Lol. When you’re younger, 40 or 50 sounds pretty old, but when you get to that age, it doesn’t seem very old at all.

  6. Sue says:

    Oh, great post, Janet! And I do love a path that leads through a portal….

  7. Wind Kisses says:

    Such a great collection to emphasize “over the hill”. I loved the first quote “…heading up the mountain”.

    The portal is truly an invitation, isn’t it? The path? I imagine you walking from one of the beautiful Victorian homes to the beach. Cape May is supposed to be a beautiful area.

    Great sunset and great effort to get there. Together, the clouds resemble a bird in flight…to me.

    It is always interesting to think that nature’s items still have exquisite beauty, even when they pass. The autumn leaves, your frosted acorn caps, and I think of fields of wheat. I love you included autumn with this them. So apropos.

    I chuckled at the ancient photo.

    A great post to read, and thank you for your kind words. You always bring inspiration and encouragement to my work.

  8. Amy says:

    Breathtaking image of the path! The sunset shot, wow! Love the close-up photo of the acorns. Great take on, Janet!

  9. I can’t possibly chose a favorite from this set; these photos are all so beautiful. You take on the prompt is so thoughtful and artfully done.

  10. Dawn Palmer says:

    Beautiful shots. I especially like the first path and the stone stair path.

  11. I love these quotes and the images especially the sunset one, and I really like the dreaminess of the portal that you added. Lovely!

  12. Hammad Rais says:

    The glowing sunset, those wonderful stairs are my favorites here 🙂

  13. Resa says:

    Lovely post, Janet! Tongue in cheeky works for me.
    ….. and in the end was thrilled not to find a pic of me in it! 😉😖

  14. Leya says:

    Ah, a beautiful take on, Janet. I love that first image…it could easily hang on my wall. Love the winter image and the last one with the beautiful leaves…Soon here too.

    • Thanks so much, A-C. I’m happy you enjoyed them so much. We won’t have the sort of autumn here with those types of leaves but I’ll be going back to the Chicago are for a visit and the end of October so perhaps I’ll see some then. And I’ll be able to wear my cold weather clothes. I’m excited!! 🙂