Set 01 of My Favorite Mountain Photographs
Bob Jensen at Trinity University 

From our cottage, three White Mountain ranges are visible to the east from our living room:
The Kinsman Range (about 10 miles east and southeast)
The Twin Range (about 20 miles slightly northeast)
The Presidential Range (about 30 miles northeast)
There are other ranges in the White Mountains ---
Vermont's Green Mountains are to our west


Below is a picture taken from the base of Cannon Mountain
Our cottage (formerly known as Brayton Cottage)  is a white speck north of the Sunset Hill House Hotel
It is on a ridge known as Sunset Hill to the east of the Village of Sugar Hill in New Hampshire
In the background are the Green Mountains of Vermont toward the west
My open sharing friend Will Yancey took this picture
He stayed in our cottage following a Dartmouth College Homecoming Weekend
It was tragic that a few months later he committed suicide at his home in Dallas

I took this shot facing the Green Mountains from our back yard across the golf course

This is the Sunset Hill House Hotel with the camera pointed in the other direction (east) toward the White Mountains
This picture shows some of Cannon Mountain's ski trails
Our cottage is to the left of the edge of the picture below

This is Echo Lake that at the base of Cannon Mountain
The light green areas to the right are some of the 60 ski trails on Cannon

The above shot was taken in the lush of summer
The shot below was taken by Will Yancey late in autumn before the snows

Part of the Omega Trail on Cannon Mountain
I'm too chicken for this part of the trail

Below is a picture taken by me from our cottage looking east toward the Kinsman Range
The bright light is the reflection of my flash on the window glass

Here's where I zoomed my camera

No two sunrises are exactly alike
I'm very proud of this unretouched picture taken straight north from my desk

I'm even more proud of this unretouched photograph taken toward the northeast

I'm also very proud of this picture taken toward the east from our living room


View of Mt. Lafayette from the south side of our cottage
This was taken before I built an arbor where Erika is standing

This was taken after I built that arbor in our south flower garden

View Mt. Lafayette from the north side of our cottage

This picture was taken before I put in the bird houses and flower barrels beside our front walkway

View from behind our cottage and our studio (now used mostly for storing books)


An ominous storm cloud hangs above our  cottage
I always fear lightning up here
But we don't have near as much lightning as we had when living in Tallahassee
However, the most spectacular lightning storm I ever watched
was from the deck of our ocean cottage when i lived in Maine


I like pointy mountains like Mt. Garfield and Mt. Washington

Sunrise over Baby's Cradle

This is a shot of Mt. Garfield that I took during our June Lupine Festival

We have a spectacular moon on many nights in all seasons
But I don't take very good night shots

Below are several views of our closest Kinsman Range mountains
and some wild turkeys in front of our living room in late autumn.
In the winter, skiers move like black dots down trails visible from my desk

Erika looking at our wild roses while bringing in the mail

Cannon Mountain Videos

History of Cannon Mountain --- --- 

The Ridley Report Does Franconia Notch in 2006 ---

Bode Miller Learned to Ski on Cannon---


This was taken from my desk in early autumn and shows the edge of my monitor

Other pictures of Cannon Mountain

What's an intrusion?
Answer ---

In geology, an intrusion is a body of igneous rock that has crystallized from a molten magma below the surface of the Earth. Bodies of magma that solidify underground before they reach the surface of the earth are called plutons, named for Pluto, the Roman god of the underworld. Correspondingly, rocks of this kind are also referred to as igneous plutonic rocks or igneous intrusive rocks. This is to be contrasted with extrusive rocks. The rock surrounding a pluton is called country rock.

According to experts, the White mountains of New Hampshire were formed by magna intrusions a mere 124 to 100 million years before now. Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, The Great Carbuncle, (horrible title) is set in the White Mountains..

In the White Mountains, a band of eight adventurers gathers together. They are each on a personal quest for the Great Carbuncle, a brilliant gem legendary in its elusiveness. The adventurers are as follows:
  • The Seeker: a man sixty years of age who has sought the Great Carbuncle nearly his entire life. He says when he finds the Carbuncle he will die alongside it.
  • Doctor Cacophodel: a chemist. He hopes to perform many tests on the Carbuncle and make many copies of it.
  • Master Ichabod Pigsnort: a merchant, who wishes to sell the Carbuncle to the highest bidder.
  • The Cynic: a bespectacled man with a constant sneer. He considers the hopes of the other adventurers futile. He seeks the Carbuncle to prove to everyone that it doesn't exist.
  • The Poet: He hopes the Carbuncle will bring him inspiration.
  • Lord de Vere: a wealthy prince, who would use the Carbuncle's brilliance as a symbol of his family's greatness for posterity.
  • Matthew and Hannah: newlyweds, who wish to use the gem as a light in their household and as a conversation piece.

The next morning, Matthew and Hannah, wake up realizing that the others have left before them. Even though they fear they have lost the Carbuncle, they take their time in preparing for their morning's adventure.

They begin to climb a great mountain. They soon fear they will be lost, until they spy a great red brilliance. They realize it is the Carbuncle. Beneath the Carbuncle, they see the figure of the Seeker, who has died trying to reach the gem. The Cynic approaches them and claims that he cannot see the Carbuncle. He removes his glasses and is immediately blinded by the gem's brilliance. Matthew and Hannah decide the gem is too brilliant for their household, and they leave it where it lies.

These bright leaves which I have mentioned are not the exception, but the rule; for I believe that all leaves, even grasses and mosses, acquire brighter colors just before their fall. When you come to observe faithfully the changes of each humblest plant, you find that each has, sooner or later, its peculiar autumnal tint; and if you undertake to make a complete list of the bright tints, it will be nearly as long as a catalogue of the plants in your vicinity.
Henry David Thoreau, "Autumnal Tints",  The Atlantic Monthly (October 1862) --- 

Historically our cottage was owned by Mrs. Brayton when it was a summer cottage on the grounds
of the Sunset Hill House Hotel and Resort Complex
before the big hotel and most of the buildings (casino, bowling alley, etc.) were torn down in 1972


Our most spectacular mountain is Mt. Washington in the Presidential Range
It also has an extensive network of ski trails
This is a zoomed view from our driveway with my camera pointed northeast

This is Mt. Washington and other Presidential Range Mountains
As they appear to the naked eye from our driveway

This is a a board at the lookout point across from our cottage


Mt. Washington ---
Mt. Washington's 231 MPH wind allegedly is a world's record in officially-recorded wind speed.
That day the wind was coming off the Atlantic Ocean when the 231 MPH record was set.
Mean and peak wind speeds on Mt. Washington are shown below.
(Source ---


And this is the grand old Mt. Washington Hotel that is open in all seasons in Bretton Woods


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On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Our cottage was known as the Brayton Cottage in the early 1900s
Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
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