Thursday, February 24, 2011

Superstition Mountains

About 20 miles to the east of Phoenix is a mountain range called the Superstition Mountains. When the atmosphere is clear, you can see the mountains from the top of a hill at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Since it had rained all weekend, the air was clean enough to get a good telephoto shot. I apologize for the power lines in the foreground but, there was no way to avoid them.

The Superstition Mountains get the name from legends of gold mines deep within the mountains folds. The most talked about legend is of The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. If you are interested in the story, check out this link.

10 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Hikers till get lost in the Superstitions and occasionally need to be rescued, if they are lucky.

Kate said...

I love the layered look of the landscape. Thanks for the link.

JM said...

The mountains are fantastic and the legends are so very interesting. Don't worry about the power lines, I have the same problem with tram cables in Lisbon... :-)

Birdman said...

Great shot. Thanks for the link.

Magpie said...

My daughter is fascinated by the story of The Lost Dutchman. Such a great shot! Nice skills you have there.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

We weren't all that far from the Superstitions when we lived in Scottsdale...we always enjoyed the snow on their peaks during the winter.

There used to be a guy in an old wagon near the road where you turned to drive into the mountains...I wonder if that is still there...

No need to apologize for power lines. They are ubiquitous.

Jarart said...

I would know this shape without a title. This is a great long lens shot! You can even see Weavers Needle! The white clouds seem to be sitting on the top of the mountain. I'm so glad you have shown this most famous of mountains in the valley.

Stephanie said...

Magnificent! Thanks for the link.

RedPat said...

Nice shot - I like the clouds floating by in the foreground! I am off to read your link!

Randy said...

Great hiking trails there!