UP ON THE HILL – Marilyn Armstrong

Photo Weekly Challenge – Top of the Hill

From the top of the hill to the flowing river below. From the road around the base of the mountain, a climb to the top.

Top to bottom, bottom to top, there’s always a hill and a path to climb or descend.

While looking down across the plains, the valley, the river, the ocean from the top of the hill or a mountain.

Attean View – Sunset – Jackman, Maine
Down to the Mumford
The mountain – Definitely up the hill
Down the road to Lake Otsego

13 thoughts on “UP ON THE HILL – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. Actually, that’s the Attean Way which is right outside of Jackman, Maine. It’s a scenic overview (no surprise I suppose). The big problem with it was WIRES – LOTS of wires … and signposts, so shooting around the obstacles was interesting. I don’t know the name of the river below and I’m not sure it’s really a river. It may be considered a long, narrow pond or lake. I’m told it is extremely shallow and make a great ground for nesting birds.

      Hand on: I’m going to look it ups, see if I can give you a map. But it really it WAY at the top of the mountains in Maine. At one time, it was a popular place for skiing, but it has fallen on hard times. We used to go there every summer, but the drive got to be too much. From here in Massachusetts, it’s about 9 hours — all uphill. But coming home of FUN. Garry let me drive and I think that was the last time he let me drive. Wheeee!

      I should mention that there are a LOT of moose around this area and in the fall and spring, you need to drive very carefully because either there are mothers with “babies” (BIG babies) … or rutting males who might think you are just the right mate for them with unfortunate results for all concerned.

      From Maine’s info stuff: (I had to make a lot of corrections … whoever typed this really didn’t proof it at all) —
      Attean Twp., Somerset Co.
      U.S.O.S. AUean (Auburn?), Me.

      Attean Pond is one of four large bodies of water in the Moose River drainage to the west of Jackman. More than 40 islands are found in
      the pond. With 1 exception of a set of commercial C:1mps on some of these islands, the area remains undeveloped. Sally Mountain to the
      north, Attean Mountain to the west, and rolling hills to the east and southeast complete a scenic background to the pond environment.

      The shoreline of Attean Pond varies greatly in composition, providing
      a diversity of habitat types. Some areas consist of rock and
      ledge, others are gravelly, some weedy. Among these, several fine sandy
      beaches are found.

      There are a number of good campsites around the pond, which are
      often utilized by people making the popular Moose River “Bow
      Trip”. Attean Pond is the beginning and end of this 30-mile canoe
      trip. A one-mile carry trail connects the western end of Attean with
      Boleb (?) Ponds, which provides access to the Moose River and the opportunity
      to return to Attean.

      Wild populations of brook trout and salmon are present in Attean Pond. However, large areas of shallow water are marginal habitat for
      these coldwater game fish during the summer months. Of the total area, only about 600 acres have water deeper than 20 feet. In addition,
      large populations of yellow perch, suckers, and minnows compete for the available food supply. This further limits the potential for brook
      trout production.

      The best spawning and nursery areas for the salmon and trout are found in tributaries to the Moo~e River several miles upstream from
      Attean Pond. The Moose River, both as a tributary and the outlet,

      Maximum depth – 55 feet
      Principal Fishery: Salmon, Brook trout
      Physical Characteristics
      Surface – 70°F.
      50 feet – 48°F.
      Surveyed – August. 1956 – Revised 1977 (** They could probably USE a new version!)
      Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
      Published under Appropriation No. 4550
      A Contribution of Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid Project F-28-P,

      Maine and other small brooks that flow directly into the pond offer few areas that are suitable for spawning. or that could recall large numbers of small salmon or trout.

      Lake trout are occasionally caught in Attean Pond. These have moved upstream from Big Wood Pond, where they are stocked. and
      dwell in a small area of deep water al the western end of the pond. Because of the competition from non-game species, especially yellow perch, brook trout management through stocking is now impractical.

      Under existing conditions, wild trout should continue to provide a small fishery. Lake trout can utilize the non-game fish as forage, but it is unlikely that a sizeable lake trout population could be maintained. Management for this species is precluded by the small amount of deep, cold, well-oxygenated water available in the western end of the pond.

      Thus, at present, Attean Pond is best suited for salmon. A smelt population provides the forage necessary to sustain this species: and
      salmon are perhaps more inclined than brook trout to travel Iong distances up the Moose River 10 spawning areas in its tributaries.
      Small numbers of marked hatchery salmon will be stocked to supplement the wild population. Their growth and contrihution to sport
      fishery will be followed through via information from anglers.

      Area – 2,745 acres

      Yellow perch have become established in the drainage. They have adversely affected the Quality of fishing in Attean Pond in recent
      years. There should be no introductions of new fish species that could adversely affect the existing trout and salmon populations in Attean
      Pond, or the management of other waters in the drainage. Minnows, Lake chub, Fall fish (chub) , Creek Chub, Common shiner, Cusk, Salmon, Brook trout (squaretail), Lake trout (togue), YelIow perch, Smelt, White sucker, Longnose sucker

      AREA 2745 ACRES
      It is an absolutely GLORIOUS place for nature photography. That’s actually, unless you fish or hunt, about what it IS good for. Amazing leaf color in mid-September into early October. Bears abound and really love trash. Lots of moose and eagles, hawks and other big raptors.

      If it weren’t such a very LONG drive, we’d have kept our week there. Although we’d paid it off, the monthly carrying charges were more than we could reasonably handle on social security. It has to be one of the most completely undeveloped areas remaining in New England and I think you could walk into Canada from there and no one would stop you because there’s no one there.

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      1. Sorry, I was looking for mountain 3rd photo down (I said ‘labeled “The mountain”‘ but I should have said ‘labeled “The mountain – Definitely up the hill”‘. Great info about the area in that top photo though… And the top is still my favorite


  1. Marilyn, each and every one absolutely beautiful, stunning pictures. Thank you so much for the added information, I’m certain we all appreciate the effort you went to. I do hope you begin to feel well again very soon. 🙂


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