The Maroon Bells Portrait


The Maroon Bells (click on image to enlarge)

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The Lord of Leisure writes:

This a different perspective on the often photographed Maroon Bells,2 near Aspen, CO. I used a telephoto lens to compress the depth of field between the peaks and the trees in the foreground.

  1. Lord of Leisure was previously known in these posts as Mr. Science. Both Lord of Leisure and Mr Science spend most of their time disguised as Neil Ellis, mild-mannered, retired teacher at a great suburban school system, who can identify a bird by its call, complete the New York Times Friday Crossword in ink, and snap a heck of a photo. []
  2. “The Maroon Bells is a mountain in the Elk Mountains that consists of two peaks, South Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak, separated by about a third of a mile. South Maroon Peak, at 14,156 feet, is the 27th highest peak in Colorado; North Maroon Peak, at 14,014 feet, is the 50th highest. A National Park Service sign on the access trail refers to these mountains as “The Deadly Bells” and warns would-be climbers of “downsloping, loose, rotten and unstable” rock that “kills without warning”. Unlike other mountains in the Rockies that are composed of granite and limestone, the Bells are composed of metamorphic sedimentary mudstone that has hardened into rock over millions of years. Mudstone is weak and fractures readily, giving rise to dangerously loose rock along almost any route. The mudstone is responsible for the Bells’ distinctive maroon color. The Bells got their “deadly” name in 1965 when eight people died in five separate accidents.” Information excerpted from Brainy Encyclopedia []

0 responses to “The Maroon Bells Portrait

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    There was a real comment in my head somewhere, but that breathtaking photo … sigh. Anyway I reserved cattywhompus for use in a comment, and frankly, I was afraid that my reservation would expire. So I used it here. You will have that with me.