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Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains
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Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-20
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 9:38
Viewed: 5101
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
View of the Simien Mountains in Northern Ethiopia from the Sanokober pleateau. These mountains are a World Heritage Site. The mountains consist of a central plateau separated by valleys and rising to pinnacles. The tallest peak is Ras Dashen (4,543 m); other notable heights include Mounts Biuat (4,437 m) and Abba Yared (4,460 m).

The Simiens are remarkable as being one of the few spots in Africa where snow regularly falls. First mentioned in the Monumentum Adulitanum of the 4th century AD (which described them as "inaccessible mountains covered with snow" and where soldiers walked up to their knees in snow), the presence of snow was undeniably witnessed by the 17th century Jesuit priest Jerónimo Lobo. Although the later traveler James Bruce claims that he had never witnessed snow in the Semien Mountains, the 19th century explorer Henry Salt not only recorded that he saw snow there (on 9 April 1814), but explained the reason for Bruce's failure to see snow in these mountains -- Bruce had ventured no further than the foothills into the Semiens.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-07-31 10:00]

Hi Jeff,
I almost missed the breath taking beauty of this landscape because in the thumbnail version the dark parts dominate. The dissection of the perspective by a series of mountain "fingers" is great. What I also appreciate is that you show us a landscape few people have seen and of course your explanations on he subject. Thanks!
best regards

Hi Jeff,

Only country in Africa that has always been independent. Well, there's the short Italian story.
Thanks for sharing your Simien Mountains photo.

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