1 billion years and still looking good
Posted on 17 Nov ’09 by Earl Moore
Blue Ridge Mountains, Southwestern NC
I read a post by Paul Lester last night concerning the concept of beauty so if I had to come up with a subconscious reason for selecting the the title for this post, it would probably come back to that. Perhaps if we could agree that beauty was only true if it lasted for, oh say, a thousand years or more it would do away with all these temporary beauty fads our society goes through.
As you can see the Blue Ridge Mountains get their name from the bluish color when viewed from a distance. This color is caused by a haze created by the natural forest of the mountains. The Blue Ridge contains the highest peaks in eastern North America with 125 exceeding 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in elevation. The highest is Mt. Mitchell, in NC, at 6,684 feet (2,037 m.)
So for a billion years old I think these mountains are still looking beautiful–a beauty that has met the test of time!
For those interested, this photo was taken in the southeast corner of North Carolina, looking east, near Highlands, NC (map).