Rattlesnake Mountain (Tekoa)

1 May 2012:  Tekoa Mountain from General Knox Road.  Taken with the Canon EOS Rebel XS  with kit lens, F-stop 5.1.  Original picture was very dark, so I used photoshop PW actions: lighten, boost , warmer, and quick edge burn.  I love the different shades of color in spring as well as in the fall.

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5 thoughts on “Rattlesnake Mountain (Tekoa)

  1. Back when the trains used to run there, they’d accelerate to climb the mountain, often sending hot gasses out the stacks, and fires started. I can only imagine what it was like when the old steam engines used to run there. My grandfather used to tell stories of the mill sending all the men out to fight the fires, with what were referred to as “indian tanks” of water strapped to their backs. The weight of the brass water tanks combined with climbing the mountain had to have been backbreaking work.

    • Absolutely backbreaking. One of the biggest problems is that the fire gets down into the underbrush and burns underneath the ground (almost) so its very important to gauge where you dig a firebreak, and it can get away from you very easily. The fire can burn right underneath you and you might not know it. You can see the bald patches on the crest of the mountain where the last big fire flashed over.

  2. I helped fight a fire there back in my (much) younger days. I remember the Tekoa name, and I understand the rattlesnake nickname. We used to occasionally get them on grandpa’s farm. He had large granite steps, and they’d be there in the early morning for the warmth. Did I mention I am afraid of snakes???

    • yes, you did. My grandfather always made sure we checked underneath our cars whenever we parked at his house. His neighbor down the street had a 6 footer curled up under the pickup truck while his toddler played in the yard a few feet away . I’ve
      seen them swimming in the Westfield River, too. Not a fan, but I’m not petrified of them. However, you will not catch me camping up there, EVER. We had a BAD brush fire up there about 8 years ago. The reason so much of the stone face can be seen is that the fire burnt off the entire top of the mountain.

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