Monday, October 1, 2012

Gloss Mountains

 These are the "Gloss Mountains" that are out by where we were checking cows.  I think I am use to        seeing them now, but I still remember the first time I saw them and thought how odd to have a "mountain" rise up right in the middle of the prairie.

 and then they look like God just gave them a flattop haircut.  

The internet says that they are sometimes called "Glass Mountains" because they have a high Selenite content that mimics shiny glass,

 but if you are a local they are always called "Gloss Mountains".....
maybe it is our slang/accent that turned the word glass to gloss?

Either way God did a great job don't ya think?

Thanks for visiting our part of the GLOSS Mountains,
Jana

13 comments:

  1. how very neat! flat-tops, for sure. :)

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  2. How strange. They really do look like they had their tops lopped off!
    How is your dad getting on?

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    1. Hi Tracey, he is doing better but has a slow recovery ahead of him. Thanks for your prayers and concern.

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  3. When I was growing up before I moved out here, all of my family called them the Glass Mountains and we had some of the glass rocks.

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    1. I wonder if originally they were called Glass and Rednecks like my family changed it to Gloss LOL

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  4. Beautiful pics, no matter what you call those mountains!

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    1. Hi Michelle...Thanks for your visit.

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  5. Wow! He did a great job indeed. How totally awesome. At first glance, it reminded me of the old American western movies we'd watch as kids. I was waiting for the Lone Ranger and Tonto to ride up into your lens!! :))

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    1. Tonto was on the top looking out over the land, didn't you see him on top. LOL HI-O-Silver (or something like that . )LOL

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  6. It's interesting, I was doing some Gloss Mountain research tonight. I'm looking for a map that shows any names of the individual mountains besides Lone Peak, Spinx, and Cathedral Mountain. Almost all internet references tell the story of Glass vs. Gloss. I have to base my use of Gloss on what the old timers called them and what locals call them. I never heard any of the old people even discuss which name was to be used. They all called it Gloss. Having said that, I think it adds to the mystique to have the name controversy and for the story of early explorers to have said Glass with an English accent that was taken to be written as Gloss on early maps.
    Regardless of what they are called, they are beautiful and full of discovery treasures. I love the landscape of my lifetime in Major County.

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  7. That's really very striking! Mother Nature and God - what a combination.

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  8. I'm sure you are aware that the Gloss Mountains are the source of many of my addictions to adrenaline. At times, Kyler Baum also participated in the adrenaline rush.
    If you ever have the opportunity to photograph that area from the top of the mountain in the State Park during spring, it is truly a picture of' God's handiwork. There is a stairway with a handrail to the top.
    The wheat is green, canola is golden yellow, the dirt is red, and the roads are white (from the gypsum).
    Dennis

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