Lens-Artists #119: Hideaway

For this challenge Ann-Christine has asked us “where or what is our hideaway”. Her description of hideaway says “A Hideaway, is a place to which a person can retreat for safety, privacy, relaxation, to seek seclusion or refuge.”

When I am at home I can hideaway for a few moments by getting out in nature or by reading a book. But for me, a true hideaway is a wilderness area far away from civilization, somewhere with no robo calls, internet, or other interruptions.

Three of my favorite destinations immediately came to mind – the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in south Georgia, Denali National Park in Alaska, and Everglades National Park in Florida. Although these are three unique protected wilderness areas, what they have in common is that they are miles away from civilization and the wildlife is free to roam.

Okefenokee Landscape
Okefenokee Landscape

Of these three areas, the closest to my home is the Okefenokee Swamp. When we get to the end of the 17 mile road from the main highway and arrive at Stephen C. Foster State Park I feel like I am in another world. This image and the one at the top were both taken in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Fargo, Georgia.

Mount Denali in Denali National Park, Alaska

To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world.

John Muir
Sunrise in Everglades National Park in Flamingo, Florida

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #119: Hideaway.

14 thoughts on “Lens-Artists #119: Hideaway

  1. I can only say I feel the same. Wilderness, away from “civilisation”. I’d so love to come to Alaska, it has always been a dream. I am happy to go there via your beautiful mountain image!

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  2. What wonderful choices Beth! Your swamp reminds me of our swamp at Magnolia Gardens. I just love those cypress trees with their roots under water – magical! As for Alaska, I agree however when we were there Mt. McKinley was shrouded in clouds the entire time 😡so your image made me totally jealous!! Great response.

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    1. Tina, thank you. So sorry you never saw McKinley in person. We never saw it from inside the park. but we did see it from overlooks as we drove outside the park. This photo was taken when we took a flight seeing trip from Talkeetna.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I know what you mean about the hot spots. We went to Yellowstone during the height of the tourist season and encountered huge crowds at Old Faithful and a few other places. We didn’t even go in one of the visitor’s centers because the parking lot was so crowded. I’m glad we went, though!

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      1. Same here. Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs & Lower Falls. Upper Falls was closed so the spill over was noticeable. Mammoth Hot Springs was the worst. We found solitude along the road in little out of the norm places & at Trout Lake.

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  3. I haven’t been to the others, but can certainly say that the Okefenokee is my hideaway! It is so far from any cities that at night the stars shine brighter than anywhere else I’ve been, and during the day, unless a plane passes overhead, there is no noise of cars, traffic hubbub of life. Great blog! William

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