Friday, May 10, 2013

Stuart Mountains

Mount Stuart is in the center.
Photo taken May 9, 2013
on a clear, blue-sky morning.
Be sure to click photo for larger view.
The following is from Wikipedia

Mount Stuart is a mountain in the Cascade Range, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the second highest non-volcanic peak in the state, after Bonanza Peak and tenth-highest overall. Mount Stuart is the highest peak in the Stuart Range, and it is located in the central part of the Washington Cascades, south of Stevens Pass and east of Snoqualmie Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Mount Stuart was given its name by George B. McClellan on August 26, 1853, in honor of his oldest and best friend, "the late Capt. Jas. Stuart of the Rifles—a gallant soldier & accomplished gentleman."
Mount Stuart is more notable for its local relief than for its absolute elevation. For example, the south face rises 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in just 2 horizontal miles (3.2 km). The northeast and northwest sides of the mountain exhibit similar steep relief. Due to its location away from higher peaks, Mount Stuart has a topographic prominence of 5,354 feet (1,632 m), making it the sixth most prominent in the state. The rock of Mount Stuart is unusually rugged and unstable, due to the extensive jointing of the granite. The north slopes of the mountain shelter three glaciers, including Stuart, Ice Cliff and Sherpa Glaciers from west to east.
The photo was taken along Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of Ellensburg, Washington.  Camera is the Sony DSC RX100
Thanks, as always, for stopping by John's Island.


  1. a pretty green layer against blue and white against blue.

  2. Beautiful! It has been too many years since I have seen the mountains.

  3. Beautiful and not something I get to see very often.

  4. I had to check out the larger, love, love mountains. I am envious of anyone who gets a daily view!

  5. We have a Stewart Mountain here in Bellingham, too. The spelling is different and it's nowhere near as high and steep, but it offers us some wonderful views of Mt. Baker and the Twin Sisters. What a gorgeous sky! :-)


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