Across the Internet you will see mountain images in a thousand places, and you'll never see the same view twice. Stretching for thousands of miles from British Columbia to New Mexico, the Rocky Mountains comprise one of the world's most abundant geologic upheavals. They will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively. When exploring take plenty of sun screen and small casual steps, the air is thin. In the eastern United States are their little brothers, the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. About half the altitude, but no less beauty; expect completely different shades of green. Go directly to the Mountain Scenery Photo Gallery.
The Internet Brothers love the mountains. We have both lived there nearly all our adult lives; one in the Rockies, the other in the Appalachians. The scenery, the fresh clean air, the rich blue sky, and the altitude all combine to attract us to our mountain homes. In the following gallery you will find scenic mountain photography from Colorado and Utah in the Rocky Mountains, and from North Carolina and Tennessee in the Blue Ridge.
We try to rotate these photos regularly as we take new and different hiking trips into the forest and desert areas we like to explore. So if one of your favorites from the past is no longer posted, let us know and we'll send you a copy. The photos that are presently in the gallery were all taken in 2009 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pisgah National Forest, The Carl Sandburg Historical Site, the White River National Forest, Dixie National Forest, and the Box Death Hollow Wilderness just north of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The Rocky Mountains, often called the Rockies, are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch nearly 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in Canada, to New Mexico, in the United States. The range's highest peak is Mount Elbert in Colorado at 14,440 feet above sea level. The Continental Divide is located in the Rocky Mountains and designates the line at which waters flow either to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.
Since the last great Ice Age, the Rocky Mountains were home first to Paleo-Indians and then to the indigenous peoples of the Apache, Arapaho, Bannock, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Flathead, Shoshoni, Sioux, Ute, Kutenai, Sekani, and Dunne-za tribes. The Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) was the first scientific reconnaissance of the Rocky Mountains. Specimens were collected for contemporary botanists, zoologists, and geologists. Thousands passed through the Rocky Mountains on the Oregon Trail beginning in 1842. The Mormons began to settle near the Great Salt Lake in 1847. From 1859 to 1864, gold was discovered in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia sparking several gold rushes bringing thousands of prospectors and miners to explore every mountain and canyon and to create the Rocky Mountain's first major industry.
The Rocky Mountains have a highland climate. The average annual temperature in the valley bottoms of the Colorado Rockies near the latitude of Boulder is 43° F. July is the hottest month there with an average temperature of 82°. In January, the average monthly temperature is 7° F., making it the region's coldest month. The average precipitation per year there is approximately 14 inches. Colorado Bro lives in the White River National Forest.
Often called the Appalachians, these are a vast system of mountains in eastern North America. The range is mostly located in the United States but extends into southeastern Canada, forming a zone from 100 to 300 miles wide, running from the island of Newfoundland 1,500 miles south-westward to central Alabama in the United States (with foothills in northeastern Mississippi). The system is divided into a series of ranges, with the individual mountains averaging around 3,000 ft. The highest of the group is Mount Mitchell in North Carolina at 6,684 feet, which is the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River. Chief summits in the southern section of the Blue Ridge are located along two main crests—the Western or Unaka Front along the Tennessee-North Carolina border and the Eastern Front in North Carolina—or one of several "cross ridges" between the two main crests. The Western Blue Ridge Front is subdivided into the Unaka Range, the Bald Mountains, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Unicoi Mountains.
For a century, the Appalachians were a barrier to the westward expansion of the British colonies (or, from a different perspective, a major protection to the Native American tribes such as the Iroquois, Creek, and Cherokee living to the west of the mountains). The continuity of the mountain system, the bewildering multiplicity of its succeeding ridges, the tortuous courses and roughness of its transverse passes, a heavy forest, and dense undergrowth all conspired to hold the settlers on the seaward-sloping plateaus and coastal plains. North Carolina Bro lives near the Pisgah National Forest.
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