A promontory is a point of high land that juts out into the sea or some other body of water; a headland. It comes from a Latin word, promontorium, meaning a mountain ridge. It’s usually a maritime term. Here is Czeslaw Milosz in Visions from San Francisco Bay, writing in English about Robinson Jeffers: “I even reproached Jeffers for his descriptive passages, too much those of an amateur painter who sets up his easel on a wild promontory.” But the term also refers to freshwater topography. Here is Henry David Thoreau in Walden: “Already, by the ﬁrst of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next to the water.” And from the West, here is Isabella Bird’s A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains: “This mountain-girdled lake lay before me, with its margin broken up into bays and promontories, most picturesquely clothed by huge sugar pines.” Another instance is Promontory Point on Great Salt Lake.