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Never Summer Mountains

 

A small and tall range within the Rocky Mountains, the Never Summer Mountains contain seventeen named peaks that stand over 12,000 feet. The range is located along the northwest border of Rocky Mountain National Park, extending fifteen miles North to South and forming the Continental Divide between the headwaters of the Colorado River and the upper basin of the North Platte River.  The continental divide makes a loop in these mountains.

 

The peaks are enormous weathered masses of granitic rock heavily covered with green and orange lichens and surrounded on all sides by large fields of talus shed from the original peaks. Many alpine lakes are nestled amongst the peaks. Most vegetation is low-growing and stunted. Few trees grow at the higher altitudes and Krummholz abounds.

 

In 1914, members of the Arapaho tribe were brought to the region in a trip sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club.  The tribe members had spent their youth in the area and were asked to offer the Native American names for the various peaks, lakes and other geographic features in the area. They called the range Ni-chebe-chii, which translates to Never No Summer.

 

The tallest peak is Mount Richthofen at 12,945 ft (3,946 m).  The tallest peak in my photo, here, is Howard Mountain at 12,810 ft.  I can find nothing of who Howard was...

 

Information from Wikipedia & National Geographic's "Rocky Mountain National Park Road Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

Never Summer Mountains

 

A small and tall range within the Rocky Mountains, the Never Summer Mountains contain seventeen named peaks that stand over 12,000 feet. The range is located along the northwest border of Rocky Mountain National Park, extending fifteen miles North to South and forming the Continental Divide between the headwaters of the Colorado River and the upper basin of the North Platte River.  The continental divide makes a loop in these mountains.

 

The peaks are enormous weathered masses of granitic rock heavily covered with green and orange lichens and surrounded on all sides by large fields of talus shed from the original peaks. Many alpine lakes are nestled amongst the peaks. Most vegetation is low-growing and stunted. Few trees grow at the higher altitudes and Krummholz abounds.

 

In 1914, members of the Arapaho tribe were brought to the region in a trip sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Club.  The tribe members had spent their youth in the area and were asked to offer the Native American names for the various peaks, lakes and other geographic features in the area. They called the range Ni-chebe-chii, which translates to Never No Summer.

 

The tallest peak is Mount Richthofen at 12,945 ft (3,946 m).  The tallest peak in my photo, here, is Howard Mountain at 12,810 ft.  I can find nothing of who Howard was...

 

Information from Wikipedia & National Geographic's "Rocky Mountain National Park Road Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

comments (22)

Oh...I was going to post this...Just kidding! smile A lovely shot of these spectacular peaks Ell'.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Duh-oh! smile Thank you, Frank!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 16 Jul 2018, 03:47
Oh what a stunning view with gorgeous colors and light!! It takes your breath away. Thanks for the background info.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Steven! Very kind of you! And, you're welcome!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 16 Jul 2018, 05:07
C'est très beau avec les cimes enneigées et les fleurs. Joli ciel.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is, indeed! Thank you, Martine!
How gorgeous and breath-taking, Elizabeth. And there's still snow on the peaks! I wonder how long that will last during these days/years of climate change?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Ginnie! It's it beautiful! I'd be willing to bet that snow will persist through this summer... yet slowly eroding with each summer to come...
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 16 Jul 2018, 06:12
This is beautiful, Elizabeth and what a great name too. I love all the clouds and shadows to complet this wonderful mountain view. Thank you for the write up.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Astrid! I LOVE the name! I think I had to pick my jaw up off the ground when I saw this view - as you say - complete with shadows and clouds... and wildflowers!
You're very welcome!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 16 Jul 2018, 06:28
An intense picture throughout, Elizabeth - so sharp
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Lisl!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 16 Jul 2018, 06:29
This is a wonderful image Elizabeth, those yellow flowers really do enhance the composition
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Chris! I loved the wildflowers that provided a lovely, soft foreground to the rugged landscape beyond - in many of my photos!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2018, 07:16
Love the name. I can just imagine the sort fo weather that the Arapaho encountered to name them in such a way.I like the vivid colours shown here. I think I've seen theses mountains for myself on my tip from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs - and then again the next day when I went back to Estes Park to collect my MacBook charger smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Perfect name, isn't it! I thought of that too...
Thanks, Alan - the colors were so sharp, the air so clear that day!
I'm sure you did see these... twice... smile
Une très belle prise de vue ..osmose entre fleur et neige ..Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, very much Claudine for your thoughtful comment!
A fine shot E and accompanied by some interesting info.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Bill! I'm glad you like the post!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Jul 2018, 07:44
Fabulous photograph Elizabeth, and no need askingnhow these mountains got their name - it’s self-explanatory.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so very much, Chad! The name suits them perfectly, I agree!
I love the mountain lupins in the foreground to set the whole scene off so beautifully.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they beautiful! These are Thermopsis... or False Lupine. I liked how they softened the foreground of the rugged landscape!
An altogether fine image and narrative, our mountains in the Lake District must seem very small to you even though they are beautiful to see.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Brian! Well... but when you consider that your peaks rise up 3,000 feet from sea level - they are not that tiny! I love mountains of any size, shape or distribution - could never live far from them. Each place has it's own remarkable beauty!
Strangely, the Sound of Music popped into my head when I first looked at this, Elizabeth. What a stunning view.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile I can see that, Beverly!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jul 2018, 15:20
That looks absolutely amazing - love that blue and yellow!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Anne! The Rocky's are incredible!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 16 Jul 2018, 15:58
four distinct layers here, each with it's own beauty and combined into one for a stunning image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you for your observations and kind comments!
Wonderful image, Elizabeth and fascinating information.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Tom! It's a fascinating place!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Jul 2018, 17:23
Rocky mountain high

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below
He saw everything as far as you can see
And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun
And he lost a friend but kept his memory

John Denver
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I never stopped singing this song on that trip! Love it!
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 16 Jul 2018, 18:44
absolutely stunning! love the rich colours and the wide vista, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Ayush - I owe it to the landscape! smile
I like how the flowers speak to the mountains...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Beautifully put, Larry! Thank you!
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2018, 02:28
This is just exquisite. A wall hanger for sure. I could look at this all winter long.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so very much, Bonnie! Much appreciated!!
  • Harry
  • USA
  • 17 Jul 2018, 22:03
the yellow blooms provide a wonderful foreground and help divide the composition into layers.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Harry! They were very obliging! smile

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