The Face of a Mountain

To the north of the house in Potrerillos is the continental divide. Though I can’t see Panama’s tallest peak, Volcan Baru, that tops out at 11,398 feet from the back porch there is part of the cordillera that is spectacular enough. The house dog, Charlotte, started barking at ghosts as soon as it was light enough to see and I started to take pictures of the mountain as the day progressed. Clear at first as things warmed up clouds started forming changing the look of the face of the mountain. Now at 6:47 it’s too dark to take any more pictures but the clouds tower over the tree line in back and a black sliver of the mountain rises above that.

It rained for about three hours and when it was done I had to put on my blue jeans and a sweatshirt it had cooled down so much.

And, a cute young girl with her kids came to count us for the census. When it was over they gave each of us a pass so we could legally leave the house and they affixed this to the house to prove we’d been counted.


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2 responses to “The Face of a Mountain

  1. joycepa

    Hey! We didn’t get a placard NOR a pass (although we didn’t care about the latter).

    Richard, I’ve tried to email you and got a ntoice of permanent, total, everlasting failure. Wanna email me so I can reply or something?


    Done and done.

  2. OK. So, it’s a dumb question. But suddenly, I’m not certain. When you say “continental divide”, I automatically think the Canadian and US Rockies. Is your Continental Divide actually connected, geologically speaking? Is it all considered part of the same system?

    In any event, those photos are wonderful. Annie Dillard, in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, extols the virtues of learning all the faces of “one good place”. You’ve started already.

    Yes, it is, Linda. If you look at a map you’ll see that the entire mountain range runs from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. What is meant by the “continental divide” is that up at the top if you were to pour a bucket of water on it part would run off to the east and part to the west. Actually here it would go north and south since that’s the direction the country runs in for the most part.

    BTW, in your reference to my comment on your blog about the use of dispersants I’m going to put two stories about my experiences with them here, but first I have to descend to David to do some shopping.