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The Wastelands by Exileden The Wastelands by Exileden
I've been travelling through vast wastelands of highland for my self quest for the inspiration, self experience, finding answers and for the passion of being within nature and alpine hiking.


Shattered screen of my brand new Sony A77 camera, totally broken lens (the glass has fell off from lens) and injuried left leg by over-exhausting my physical body. As well newly discovered the fear of very high alpine heights in myself. Those were only a few effects of the travelling through.

However, obviously, nothing can really cover up that experience....
I loved that lifestyle where I had to get up at 6 am, did hiking from the dawn to dusk, then sleep. Nothing else really did matter. No internet, no worries, news or any stuff from the outer manipulative world. I've been in state of true myself among in the nature, enjoying it's simple creation and had basic needs such like to eat, sleep and pee. Of course the effort of hiking is incredibly high and very difficult.
Being back to "reality" (aka, manipulative virtual reality) really hit me. I've noticed the more I am away from the grasp of the internet, the more I feel self negativity when I come back to it. I'm not saying that internet is an evil thing, but it's more of a parasite.
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BarbarianAmbush Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing....
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ioana24 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
great pohoto, amazing landscape
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A beautiful land.  I should like to visit there someday.  :)
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harleywd Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
wow...............
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BrownEyes-n-BlueEyes Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The photograph AND the caption ought to be considered eye openers. Beautiful!
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WoronHeart Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot, and probably an even more beautiful trip.
And I guess you're right, with the internet and stuff. Everytime I come back from a trip, reality hits me so bad that I think I need another break just to re-integrate into my "usual" environment.
And that's why I can't wait for my own trip in Winter =)

Being available to the world 24/7 may be practical sometimes, but I don't think it's healthy. We need to get far away from our daily lives now because going home or out somewhere near doesn't keep others from contacting you. And because at home the internet awaits us and we kinda can't stay away from using it.
At least that's what I think.
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jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it just seems so cool that you get to travel like this, ma'am.

By the way, I may agree with you about the internet thing you mentioned.
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LelouchTheRebillion4 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
amazing experience...but sorry for the loss of camera. Rough
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Polarstare Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a stunning picture and I love it O: :3
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AnarchySkull Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The digital age as everyone refers to it, is pretty much a parasite, but, you could also call it a glorified parasite, a symbiote to the ones that actually benefit from the internet and all digital media and experiences. The internet itself has its pros and cons, but more cons in my humble opinion. Information is free and vast, but nobody WORKS for it. Not sure if my meaning is really clear with that sentence but I leave it up to perspective. Having been on similar trips as you have, I rarely feel happy or comfortable coming back to it as I do when I am...unplugged. I won't start a long debate about how the internet is ultimately a long downward slope but I agree with you wholeheartedly on your opinion.

That being said, I almost caught vertigo when I saw this picture. Haha. It's beautiful, but I'm afraid of heights as well, despite doing numerous things that challenged and defied that fear. I love the mountains and hope to go hiking again soon, maybe during the winter since I've always wanted to try a trip during the snow season.
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OneEyedCanine Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Never have there been truer words spoken, I think when we pull ourselves away from this world where society tells us what to like, what to buy, what to feed our children, and what to hate, we can truly find ourselves, and find who we are. Going into a place such as the beautiful picture you have taken, in my own opinion, has the power to make us realize that we are so small, and such a small part of a very large, and beautiful world. Thank you for sharing this.
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
beautiful
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ElementalShifter Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amen to that!
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Angelita255 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
wow! it's beautiful!
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Vaerish Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! It just looks so clean and real! No highways or non natural marks of mankind! I can't believe how cool it looks!
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think any place can be beautiful, positive and inspiring, including the internet. It entirely depends on your mindset. A lot of people seek their peace and happiness in faraway places and when they get there it's never what they expected. It's not the location that makes one happy and at rest, it starts within yourself. I live in the second biggest city of our country now; I never expected to end up here and while my heart very much lies in the rural area where I was born and raised, I can still appreciate the dynamic beauty of a big city, even on a rainy day. I would never want to live here permanently, but still. If it depresses you, it's probably something you're doing to yourself (not speaking personally to you, Eden, but to people in general).
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
According to your comment, yes I agree totally. :]

Still what I mean with internet, I have in my mind something different. However, that would be a long "text" about it, whilst what I wrote was just really quick add-in what I feel where I didn't expect a lot of people would be interested at posting comments about internet thing. But in general with your comment alone I agree a lot.

Yes, internet still can be a positive place as long as we take a healthy distance to it and dont take it too personally since it's only a virtual world. World of where are only words (symbols) spoken and create the virtual existence through the screen. And even, virtual us. The difference between a tree as real existence is a truth and of a tree as a word (as symbol spoken through) may be a lie or virtual presence (or subjective) of truth. The same is knowledge which we collect through the real experience and internet world (collected through the words, or books/magazines/TV/spoken words from another person aka. gossips).
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I'm not saying the internet can replace the real world, certainly not. For the people who can see the beauty in many things, real places, such as the one you've been to, can be an absolutely breathtaking experience that can't be compared to anything virtual.

At the same time though, the internet, books and films can take me to places where I could never go to in real life. They allow me to learn about and meet people I would never have known otherwise. As said, every place has it's beauty and positive aspects if you know where and how to look :).
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Then yeah. :D Thank you for your thoughtful comments!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully stunning! And that sounds pretty awesome, hiking out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the world.
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KirePapa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really pretty! It's a beautiful shot! : D
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks breathtaking!! I'd love to visit such places myself, no matter the difficulty of hiking up there. :) You've gotta watch those internetz, it can be all sneaky like and get you if you aren't careful.
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ZeldaOkami Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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AngelAndDevilMartial Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Très jolie photo ! panorama magnifique
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Reddrago0n Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
LOVE IT
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Eternia2012 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right about the internet...
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Sk3tchit Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Wow, I think its incredible that you got to experience all these places! It must have been breathtaking!

How much money and time did it take you to travel to these places? Did you need to know the local language?
It really looks incredible, I'm thinking of backpacking someone myself someday.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Money and time are very subjective things. Some people may travel to the same place where I did, may have spent three times more than I did. Or some even less than I did. There is no answer for it, I guess. You have to try on your own, do planning and research about it. Unless you plan do travelling through travel agencies or other organizations, that would be kinda expensive.

Well, not really. It really depends. But whether I travel, for sure I know "universal english" as common language to know and always try to study a few basic sentences of foregin country's language. It's always good to study by very little or have phrases book. I always try to get know language more and more. You dont need to know well local language but a few things if your time allows. But I think Spanish language would be useful to know if especially you plan to hit South America.
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Sk3tchit Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Yes, travel organizations were the first things that came to my mind. But I know I wouldn't have as much freedom to explore. Research would be key in this case.

I think its really brave of you to just go out there in the wild and walk on your own feet too all these wild places!! All the power to you my friend!!
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Vucovix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nuff said, internet is like a parasite, the more you use it the more it suck your energies. When I stay too long in Facebook and other sites my brain start to make me think about creative stuff like it's running away from the internet itself. The pic is amazing by the way, makes Machu Pichu comes to my mind and a bit of Lord of the Rings, it's a really nice pic to use as inspiration for a draw I'm planning. I love your work Kilaq, it's always kinda "shelter" I don't know the word to describe it but it makes me feel happy in a strange way.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Haha thank you! I've been always wanting to plan travel to Machu Picchu. It must be very... immerse to see it...
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Vucovix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I want to travel there too, maybe we can meet each other there.
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TunaPhishes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you whole heatedly. The internet can literally slowly sap the life out of you.
You journey sounds amazing and I wish to make the same type of trip someday soon.
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TheSunGazer Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Spectacular!
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Jmanvengeance Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
wow what a crazy beautiful landscape
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TechnOkami Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks rather pretty for a Wasteland.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I couldn't help to name it wastelands. Technically those peaks were destroyed, abandoned by nature powers. Lifeless. For nature, it's a wastelands. No human made wastelands. However nature is a perfection and everything what creates is beautiful. For me, indeed was so beautiful.
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TechnOkami Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Mm, that's true. In one way or another, there's always a beauty to nature, no matter the circumstances.

...this makes me really want to go out and draw in the middle of a forest or something. :P
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chyczx Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! :)
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starling16 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol I feel the same way after being away from computers for long periods of time.
Nice shot bt the way. For some reason I can imagine a lightning bolt strike the land just after that picture was taken.
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
...This is... true. I've noticed that, myself, whenever I walk away for a few days, or even just one day if that day is spent outdoors. And yet, eventually, I always sink right back into it...
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SigrunHectorsdottir Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
i could use a trip like that my self!!! i love the picture! i wish i could go up there!
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thewordisdan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the ability to go off into the wilderness on a vision quest :D That photo is almost worth breaking a camera for, lol. . .

I believe that the internet is a neutral thing - bad people use it for bad things and good people use it for good things. I believe that the evil you feel when you come back to society is the evil aura that pervades society, while many individuals are good, you just cannot help but feel that something is wrong. . . it is hard to find a word for this thing, this feeling that something is just not right. . .

Or another way to put it is that when you went into the wilderness you connected with life the life force of the natural planet, and then you come back to the city and everything about the city is disconnected from that life force from the natural world. . .

On the positive note, there are more and more people noticing that something is just wrong and it is easier to randomly find people that perceive it one way or the other. . .
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BaneEden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I would love to be up there^^ Nice picture too!:heart:
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papatheo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
Fantastic capture of your experience... thank you for sharing both!!!
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Thank you!
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AngelHero4 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   Artist
Wasteland? I thought you said Graceland. Crap I went the wrong way.
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Exileden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Maybe you're right :P But for me it felt like more of wastelands... but still beautiful one.
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AngelHero4 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Artist
Oh no. I was mimicking a joke from Spongebob. Where Mr. Krabs is walking 10,000 paces east, but Patrick thought he said, Weest.

Graceland-Wasteland, wrong direction. Get it?
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SymphonyOfDissonance Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Nice pic :)
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