Friday, May 15, 2009

Island In The Sky

(Boyd Smith photo)

Taken earlier this week looking to the summit of Mt. Cardigan, which is one of three major "monadnock" mountains in southern New Hampshire. A 'monadnock" is defined as an isolated mountain that towers above its surrounding landscape, and this name was taken from the mountain of the same name in southern New Hampshire. Besides that one and Cardigan here, the other one is Kearsarge, which is just to the south of (and visible from) Cardigan. I can't remember if Mt. Monadnock itself is visible from Cardigan, but it probably is due to its height.

Other notable examples of these small mountains, also called "inselbergs", or "island mountains", are Sugar Loaf in Rio and many small peaks in South Africa.