Monday, December 24, 2012

The Catskills

Went for a hike today (likely the last for a while if the forecast for snow holds).  I took a series of nine photos of the distant Catskills from Spring Farm at the Mohonk Preserve in the Shawangunks (41° 47.780' N, 074° 07.531' W).  The photos were then stitched together with Hugin, a free program that allows you to easily create panoramas.

The view is looking to the northwest over the Rondout Valley.  I then did my best to label a number of the peaks (hopefully correctly).  Click here for the zoomable huge version.

By the way, to a geologist, the Catskills are not true mountains.  They're composed entirely of flat-lying sedimentary rocks shed off an ancient mountain belt to the east (the Devonian Period Acadian Mountains).  They're actually a dissected plateau.  Still pretty!

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