Saturday, October 1, 2016

Mountain Reflections

Today's mosaic is called mountain reflections. I was inspired to make this mosaic based on the following photograph. The contrast of the blue sky, gray snow covered mountains and green pine trees just grabbed me.

My usual mosaic size is 1 foot by 1 foot. There was so much going on in this picture though that I decided to do a 2 foot by 2 foot mosaic. After sketching the drawing on the frame I started the cutting and gluing.

The most challenging aspect of this piece was creating a credible mirror reflection of the top half of the mosaic. It turned out to be harder than I was expecting.

The effort was worth it in the end.

And here is a photo of me with the final product to give you a perspective of the size of this piece.

Mountain Fun Facts (Source:

Mountains make up about one-fifth of the world's landscape, and provide homes to at least one-tenth of the world's people.

Heights of mountains are generally given as heights above sea level.

The world's highest peak on land is Mount Everest in the Himalayas. It is 8,850.1728 m (29,036 ft) tall.

Ben Nevis is also the highest mountain in Great Britain.

The tallest known mountain in the solar system is Olympus Mons, located on Mars.

There are mountains under the surface of the sea!

Mountains occur more often in oceans than on land; some islands are the peaks of mountains coming out of the water.

About 80 per cent of our planet's fresh water originates in the mountains.

All mountain ecosystems have one major characteristic in common - rapid changes in altitude, climate, soil, and vegetation over very short distances.

Plants that may be found on mountains include conifers, oak, chestnut, maple, junipers, stonecrops, campions, mosses, ferns and climbers.

The highest 14 mountains in the world are all found in the Himalayas

In some mountainous areas the rivers are permanently frozen.
These are called glaciers.

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