Valtournenche, Valle d’Aosta

[Photography by Quentin de Briey / Model Steffy Argelich]

“To me a mountain is a Buddha. Think of the patience, hundreds of thousands of years just sittin there bein perfectly perfectly silent and like praying for all living creatures in that silence and just waitin for us to stop all our frettin and foolin.” Japhy got out the tea, Chinese tea, and sprinkled some in the tin pot, and had the fire going meanwhile… and pretty soon the water was boiling and he poured it out steaming into the tin pot and we had cups of tea with our tin cups. I myself’d gotten the water from the stream, which was cold and pure like snow and the crystal-lidded eyes of heaven… “Remember that book I told you about the first sip is joy and the second is gladness, the third is serenity, the fourth is madness, the fifth is ecstasy.”

— Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums