The Needle Mountains

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This rugged skyline is known as the Needle Mountains, a subrange of the San Juan Mountains sitting high atop the venerable Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In this photo, there are a number of 14’ners (In mountaineering parlance, a 14’ner is a peak with an elevation of at least 14,000 feet – 4267.2 m) and numerous peaks over 13,000 feet (3962.4 m). Along the ridgeline starting on the left-hand side we have Pigeon Peak at 13,973 ft / 4,258 m, Turret Peak at 13,835 ft / 4216.0 m, Mount Eolus at 14,085 ft / 4,293 m, Sunlight Peak at 14,058 ft / 4284.8 m, Windom Peak at 14,088 ft / 4,294 m, Grizzly Peak at 13,428 ft / 4092.8 m, & McCauley Peak at 13,504 ft / 4,116 m.
Zedekiah: “These photos were lensed late in the afternoon while I flew eastbound above Vallecito Lake while shooting the image looking north. I flew along low enough to be able to clearly see the ridgeline along the horizon. It was -10° f / -23° c at altitude and very cold in the cockpit as I was shooting through the open window.”

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