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All photos are copyrighted by the photographer, James A. Hiltz and may not be used without permission.

It seems that many professional natural landscape photographers turn their backs on the eastern mountains. While it is true that the mountains of the east lack the majestic grandeur and visceral impact of the western ranges, I've always felt there is something special about the lazy "hills" and rounded summits. Eastern mountains are a bit spread out. The western mountains have chasms and valleys. Either you're "on" the mountain, or you're "in" the valley. In the east, the mountains lay down in quiet repose, with many "hollers" to explore off the main peaks. The opportunity for discovery is extensive. A hiker might be surprised by a small waterfall, or a quiet pool ringed with ferns. Grades are gentle - growth is lush.

The photos in this gallery celebrate the beauty of the Eastern mountains of the United States. And not to ignore our other, more "famous" mountains, assorted Western galleries containing photographic images can be found here as well. The shots were taken with a Nikon 8008s camera using a Sigma 18-35, Tokina 28-70, or Nikkor 80-200 lens and Heliopan (Zeiss) or B&W (Schott) filters. Images were either scanned from an original photograph using a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 4C, or taken from Photo CD and converted into GIF/JPEG format.


If you haven't visited the home page of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, you might have missed my photo of the Blue Ridge Mountains entitled "After the Storm" in Shenandoah National Park, which is also available for sale at the Mimsyln Gallery.

J. A. Hiltz

Please feel free to visit the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club website.