Mountain Blue Book

by Janet Garrity Saucier and Les Saucier



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See the mountains we all love like you’ve never seen them before inside the pages of “Mountain Blue.”

Perfectly crafted billions of years ago, the Southern Appalachian Mountains have many gifts — pristine waterfalls, rich wildlife, old forests and characteristic blue mist that adorns its famous  ranges - the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smokey Mountains.

Cherokee called the Smokies "Shaconage" (Sha-Kon-O-Hey), "land of the blue smoke.” The Blue Ridge are a sight to behold when first light reveals mountain tops surrounded by blue mist. Where else can you view a landscape of mountainous islands floating in a sea of azure clouds?

In fitting tribute to the majesty of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, photographers and authors, Janet and Les Saucier, share with you special places and unique sights found only in the Southern Appalachians Mountains.

View a preview of "Mountain Blue" here.

“Received your beautiful/wonderful book today. This book took my breath away. Well done! and Spot On.”  – Anne M.
“I grew up in the mountains of McCoy, Virginia and wanted a book to share with others that would show what the landscape around the Blue Ridge looks like. This book more than does justice to that part of the country. Thank you so very much for making this available to me and so many others.” – Janet R.
“The book speaks so softly that it felt as if I was in the place presented by each page. There was no questioning the ‘hidden harmony’ from the presence of blending of pictures, written words, and their hearts as if in a magnificent symphony. Not sadness in what I might have missed over recent years, but joy in knowing it is still there to be seen with the heart.”  – MItch C.

“At the touch of this divine light, the mountains seemed to kindle to a rapt, religious consciousness, and stood hushed like devout worshippers waiting to be blessed.” 

John Muir

known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks", naturalist, author, environmental philosopher, glaciologist and early advocate for the preservation of wilderness in the United States

About the Authors

Janet Garrity Saucier had “the mountains” in her heart at a young age. Spending summers at her family camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York since birth, the sense of home was immediate when she first visited the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like her love of the mountains, her affinity for photography began at an early age as well.  Janet’s professional photography career began with her book Goin’ Down the River, Fish Camps of the Sea Islands, while Janet lived in Beaufort, SC. Mountain Blue is Janet’s second book.

Les Saucier has been a teacher of the art and a professional photographer for more than thirty years. Les too was drawn to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Realizing that no matter where he lived, he returned to the mountains to photograph and teach, Les became a permanent resident twenty years ago. Now living in Brevard, NC with his wife, Janet Garrity Saucier, Les, who also has a masters in field biology, teaches photography workshops around the country and right in his “backyard.” Mountain Blue is his first book.

“Mire into mystic mountain moods, seductive streams, wondrous wildflowers, alluring landscapes, and much, much more as you journey through the Southern Appalachian Mountains with photographers Les and Janet Saucier. Through their art and their heart, see and sense for yourself the inexplicable awe of these ancient mountains and all the wonders within. I promise, Mountain Blue will not disappoint – it will inspire!!”

Bill Lea

nature photographer and author of “Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio,” “Cades Cove: Window to a Secret World,” and “The Everglades: Where Wonders Only Whisper”