Thursday, November 10, 2011

Something About Mt. Celo

Mt. Celo and Pasture, Black Mountains, North Carolina  © Doug Hickok


This view from the back porch of the cabin we visited shows the slope of a mountain pasture, and in the distance, Mt. Celo. An overnight storm left a dusting of snow on its peak and down its sides, but it melted in the warmth of the next day. Mt. Celo lies at the north end of a range of peaks called the Black Mountains, the foremost peak in this chain being Mt. Mitchell, the tallest peak in the Eastern U.S.

The Black Mountains are 
probably so called because of the dark coniferous forests that cover them. Another likely explanation for their name is that they are virtually impossible to see on black moonless nights, which would explain why so many folks bump into them at night. A third possible explanation is that early settlers in this area were all color blind. There is a forth and fifth explanation as well, but I can not remember them at the moment...  however, you might.

Also, if you recall from your American history lessons, Mt. Celo is tragically never mentioned... probably because it was too dark to see.

25 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful! The landscape, the colors, the composition, everything! Perfect!
    Have a nice day Doug!

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  2. Composition and colors as always beautiful Doug.

    have a nice day,

    Joop

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  3. Just too beautiful, I am sure it is happy to be there !

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  4. love the light through the clouds, beautiful

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  5. you are a riot and oh, so current.

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  6. Is comedy your second job? Nice photo, fun commentary.

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  7. Wonderful picture, and very interesting to read your text. Black Mountains, not the same as Black Hills ? Or am I remembering wrong from the indian history ?

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  8. Very impressive shot. Thank you for sharing. ;)

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  9. I do love the layered look in the mountains. Nice shot with that fall carpet in the foreground.

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  10. Such a wonderful shot man. Nice way the tree makes a frame for the scene and the foreground is held together with the color of the leaves. Perfect image IMO.

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  11. ..wow..incredible!
    Great work Doug!

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  12. This is one of the best pictures I have ever seen.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. splendida,non mi deludi mai....

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  14. Breathless, Doug! It is a superb photo, indeed.

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  15. What a clver and beautiful composition! All the mood of fall here! NIcely done.
    Have a nice day.

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  16. beautiful capture of this beautiful landslide
    great colours from autumn
    well done Doug

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  17. magnificent frame and dof, doug, and very plausible explanations, of course ... ;-)))
    (interesting that you should mention iceland in connection with my yd's post - it does look similar at first sight, what with the almost total absence of tresse, but then there is a lot more lava in that country than in wales ... ;-))

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  18. c'est très bien composé, avec ces branches colorées en haut. Belle photo, avec de belles couleurs.

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  19. Brilliant post Doug--really witty and informational at the same time. Awesome!

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  20. which splendid opportunities offer this season, the cold light gives wonderful reflexion at these splendid colors

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