by Janet Garrity Saucier and Les Saucier
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.
“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.”
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!!”