"The politer inhabitants of the seventeenth century referred to mountains disapprovingly as ‘deserts’; they were also castigated as ‘boils’ on the earth’s complexion, ‘warts,’ ‘wens,’ ‘excrescences’ and even, with their labial ridges and vaginal valleys, ‘Nature’s pudenda.’” - Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind
(Image: Everest, photographed from the Rongbuk Valley by John Noel (1924), via mpdrolet)

"The politer inhabitants of the seventeenth century referred to mountains disapprovingly as ‘deserts’; they were also castigated as ‘boils’ on the earth’s complexion, ‘warts,’ ‘wens,’ ‘excrescences’ and even, with their labial ridges and vaginal valleys, ‘Nature’s pudenda.’” - Robert Macfarlane, Mountains of the Mind

(Image: Everest, photographed from the Rongbuk Valley by John Noel (1924), via mpdrolet)