On Cadillac Mountain, September 16.
This pond is not quite at the summit, perhaps 1100 feet above sea level. It seems to be nothing more than a water-filled deep cleft in the granite, not spring fed, though of course I can’t say for sure. Nothing else nearby suggested a water table.
There’s a road to the top of Cadillac, which explains the crowds. The two people in the foreground took the scenic route: the South Ridge trail, about three and a half miles from near sea level to 1,570 feet. Really nice hike.
This herring gull (Larus argentatus) seemed totally happy perched here, about 1,200 feet above sea level.