Imagine How High They Were…

This photo is one of my random clicks taken today, but when it popped up on the Mac, I was surprised to see the left-sloping angle so easily visible. I have wondered this so many times since moving to the Mojave Desert eight years ago just how high these mountains were when they first arose several million years ago.

This is a wonderful example of the Erosion effect.

This west end of the Las Vegas range is likely twenty miles or more north of my location to give you some perspective. I see a majestic quality to any mountain range, these barren mountains are no exception for me.

I love the vast distances of the open desert as I call it, sometimes the distances are nothing like I am used to in a Michigan wood with a higher vantage point. Add to this that the air just smells different here. Of course, far less humid, but the scent in the air, in general, is different. It’s even better at 8000 feet in the mountains.

Geology is such a beautiful thing…

28 thoughts on “Imagine How High They Were…

  1. This has always fascinated me so much. It seems to be well beyond the human mind’s capability to fully grasp the idea of such extreme time spans.

  2. Exactly I agree with you all dear John, this is great formation in times… On the other hand I should add this too, weather is so clear, always I can see this in your photographs, clean air… not any particular in the air, but also not humidity too… The blue, Las Vegas Blue fascinating me… Sometimes your mountains standing as if I could touch them. Thank you, Love, nia

    • Thank you, Nia! Las Vegas has 300+ days of sunshine per year which is so wonderful. A big reason I stayed here after the divorce. Too cold in Michigan. We do have smog, but drive out of the city and it’s gone.

      • For me, it is so nice because of less humidity but about hot weather, I can’t say the same thing… In here, there is high humidity, in all seasons because of the Black Sea climate… Sometimes I have so much pain on my legs, and knees… But we are here this year… You are welcome, have a nice day, Love, nia

    • Thanks! I find it fascinating to imagine the vast amount of time that has passed to have created these mountains, and what is left of them. Millions of years of erosion, the stories they could tell us of eons past…

    • You and I both. There is something ethereal yet attractive to the idea of being there instantly. No taxes or monthly bills… 🤷‍♂️😊

          • It is! I’ve been reading Jacqui Murray’s excellent books about early man (they are very readable). You should check them out on amazon. Cannibals are all a part of the package.

            • That’s so terrible though. Sorry, I don’t intend to be a meanie, Anneli. I did a funny thing a few days ago. I ordered a little paperback book called Mr. Pudgins.

              It’s about an older gent who is a babysitter for four small children in the late 1950’s. I read it as a boy, and that book has been with me all these years, I’ll be 60 this month.

              Funny, eh? But the sad thing is that on the cover, Mr. Pudgins no longer has a smoldering pipe in his mouth.

              Political Correctness and militant feminism seem to be a part of this crap via a web search about this book.

              So shameful! Makes me angry that these people feel have the right to sterilise my memories.

              • I get angry too when “some group” censors what we can say or do, when it isn’t doing anyone any harm. No more freedom of speech. It’s only freedom if you say and do what “they” say. Your Mr. Pudgins sounds like a fun kids’ book.

                • I noticed this when the book arrived, then looked at images of the original cover. Who the hell do these ******** think they are!

  3. The view of mountains always takes my breath away. I already hung the enlargement of Red Rock Canyon and blooming Joshua trees in my new kitchen 🙂 Have a great new week John!

    • That’s so wonderful, Maria! A big contrast to Sweden. I hope you three have a great week too. ❤️😎🇸🇪

  4. The Sandias, that you see in many of my photos, where around 30,000 feet high after they were formed. They know that from soundings that provide the depth of the alluvium that filled the valley, which is is 20,000 feet deep.

  5. Sometimes it is hard to get your mind wrapped around the long time spans and monumental physical changes that have occurred to the land and the seas.

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