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This view is looking west over Lake Loveland in the middle of Loveland, Colorado toward the Rocky Mountains. Lake Loveland was created in 1893 out of a swampy depression known as Hays Lake. The South Shore offers fishing and a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. North Lake Park borders the lake's north side and features a swim beach, fishing, a public park with train to ride, playgrounds, tennis, racquet and basketball courts, places for picnicking, softball fields, plus an amphitheater. The well-known Benson Sculpture Park is located just north of North Lake Park and offers numerous sculptures to see in a beautiful outdoor setting.
The Rocky Mountains, more commonly known simply as the Rockies, are a major mountain range in western North America. The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3,000 miles from the northernmost part of British Columbia, in western Canada, to New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. Within the North American Cordillera, the Rockies are somewhat distinct from the Pacific Coast Ranges and the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada which all lie farther to the west.
These Mountains were initially formed from 80 million to 55 million years ago during the Laramide orogeny, in which a number of plates began to slide underneath the North American tectonic plate. The angle of subduction was shallow, resulting in a broad belt of mountains running down western North America. Since then, further geologic activity and erosion by glaciers have sculpted the Rockies into dramatic peaks and valleys. At the end of the last ice age, humans started to inhabit the mountain range and after Europeans, such as Sir Alexander Mackenzie and the Lewis and Clark expedition, started to explore the range, minerals and furs drove the initial economic exploitation of the mountains, although the range itself never became densely populated.
Photograph made with a Canon 5D MkIII camera.
Photograph copyright 2013 Jon Burch Photography
August 27th, 2013
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