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A “Round, High Ile”

A “Round, High Ile”
Photograph by Amy Toensing

Not quite two miles (three kilometers) long and a half mile (one kilometer) wide, Monhegan boasts some of the tallest cliffs along the Maine coast, leading Captain John Smith in 1614 to describe it as a “round, high ile.” With an abundance of cod and a protected harbor, Monhegan was an ideal base for exploring the New World. Some historians have even called it “the cradle of New England.” The small island of Manana, once the realm of a beloved recluse, is now uninhabited, as is three-quarters of Monhegan—owned by a local land trust that protects it from development.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50 ISO
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Cold
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light

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