Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains are a rugged, gorgeous mountain range separating Las Cruces, New Mexico from the White Sands Missile Range. Wikipedia says it's 85 miles long, though I would not have guessed it was nearly that long. Anyway, it provides a perfect backdrop for the city. When we were new here and still trying to find our way around, we always knew we could get home by heading toward the mountains.


Julia Matthews said...

You sure have gad some very nice and relaxing photos on here. I specially like this one because of the top sticking out over the cloud.

Jemima Pett said...

Why are they called the Organ Mountains? We have some rock formations in the UK called organ pipes - they are basalt columns, hexagonal in cross-section - particularly noted at Fingal's Cave, Staffa and the Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim.
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Bob Sanchez said...

That is a good question, Jemima. This relative close-up gives no clue about the reason for their name. From a more distant perspective, other of the rugged peaks remind some people of organ pipes. I've never seen them that way, personally.

Guilie Castillo said...

This is beautiful, Bob! I miss mountains :( In Mexico I grew up surrounded by them--and yes, they're great for orientation. Here in Curaçao the biggest "mountain"--ok, the only thing that might, under very kind circumstances, not be a hill--is Christoffelberg. At a jaw-dropping height of 1,220 feet :D

Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

Bob Sanchez said...

Guilie, I suspect your Christoffelberg is higher than any point in Florida.

Jocelyn Rish said...

I hate to admit it, but I was not familiar with these mountains. They look beautiful.

Hope you’re having fun with the A to Z challenge,