Superstition Moutain is a large mountain that is a popular recreation destination for residents of the Phoenix, Arizona area. It is part of the mountain range federally-designated Superstition Wilderness Area, and includes a variety of natural features in addition to the mountain that is its namesake. Weaver's Needle is a tall erosional remnant that plays a significant role in the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. Peralta Canyon, on the northeast side of Superstition Mountain, contains a popular trail that leads up to Freemont Saddle, which provides a very picturesque view of Weaver's Needle.
The Superstition Mountains have a desert climate, with high summer temperatures and a handful of perennial sources of water. The altitude in the more remote, eastern portion of the wilderness is higher than the western portion, which lowers temperatures slightly. Numerous hiking trails cross the mountains from multiple access points, including the Peralta Trailhead, the most popular.
The legend of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine centers around the Superstition Mountains. According to the legend, a German immigrant named Jacob Walzer, purportedly discovered a mother lode in the Superstition Wilderness. He revealed its location on his deathbed in Phoenix in 1891 to Julia Thomas, a boarding-house owner who had taken care of him for many years. Several mines have been claimed to be the actual mine that Walzer discovered, but none of those claims have been verified.
Some Apaches believe that the hole leading down into the lower world is located in the Superstition Mountains. Winds blowing from the hole are supposed to be the cause of severe dust storms.
I was here approximately a month ago, but took this picture several years ago when we had guests and we showed them this area. By the way, people come to this area and still look for that mother lode of gold.
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yeln (11504) 2010-04-29 21:54
excellent pov. I like strong green and blue colors!
Have a nice day
ikeharel (56024) 2010-04-29 22:41
A wonderful massive rock and I see a typical Arizona cactuses in FG .
Nice scenery, well ballanced.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-04-30 3:26
Very fine countryside of Arizona, mountains, desert, cactus. Good colors. Fine saturation. Original take.
Greetings from Warszawa!
paura (47166) 2010-04-30 10:52
Really a very beautiful image here. Looks like an old muvie scene. Great composition eith excellent dep.
bukitgolfb301 (35436) 2010-04-30 14:32
Hi my dear Roger
First of all your note is very intersting and amazing.
In Japan we have many Superstition Mountains too.
Perfect framework and composition, tasteful splendid color tone as always!
You did a great job indeed!
Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend !
SWEETFREEDOM (22478) 2010-05-01 1:16
very nice Arizona landscape with an interesting history behind it.
Good p.o.v and colors.
JanD (0) 2010-05-01 2:54
Amazing landscape. Excellent countryside. Wonderful wold place. Good capture. Fine colors.
baddori (19415) 2010-05-01 15:03
La sardegna č 1/13 dell'Italia ma č pochissimo abitata 1.250.000 di reali abitanti , e 450.00 tra Cagliari e dintorni ..poi le cittā ...quindi grandi spazi e vita libera ..giorni di passeggiate in luoghi poco abitato e foreste grandissime ..come la Corsica che amo ..
La tua foto e la tua nota mi ricordano la giornata di oggi e di domani ....l'auto ..km..e poi bellezze naturali ...
Complimento per i tuoi bei luoghi dove abiti .
emka (77392) 2010-05-01 23:24
Hi Roger, The view of Arizona that I remember - the mountains in the bg and many specias of cactus - saguaro, teddy bear cholla, my favorite, and other plants giving shade to cactuses. And for me always a pleasure to see the name of the place- Apache junction...Warm regards
agjika (3616) 2010-05-02 13:55
Incredible landscape, wild and wonderful. Lovely composition although I am not sure I would have left those tracks in.
gunbud (34066) 2010-05-02 21:13
Splendid desert scenery with the Superstition looks very impressive against the soft blue sky.
Love contrast between the green foreground and those sharp stone peaks.
For me I would best visit here in the winter cuz I can't stand the heat.
adramad (37333) 2010-05-03 12:50
Impressive mountain range, its barren and savage aspect greatness to give a huge scenario, I like the contrast of cacti and other plants.
Beautiful colors with a good light and great detail in the image.
Have a nice week. Best regards.