Sunderland, MA. October 22, 2011Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: Belladonna, Canon 24mm f2.8L TS-E II, corn, Datura stramonium, jimson weed, Mt. Sugarloaf, Sunderland, tilt-shift photography, tobacco netting
A Saturday morning errand in Hadley turned into a circuitous ride home through North Hadley and into Sunderland, and a pre-planned, productive day devolved into a swivel-headed odyssey in search of Beauty.
I hate it when that happens.
But happen it did, and nothing got crossed off my “to do” list. Instead I mudded around on farm roads, keeping an eye out for folks who might own the place and appreciate me asking if they minded. [As kind of an aside, people almost never mind me photographing their places, but they always mind me not asking. Ask, and you shall receive permission.]
I pulled off a side road at a gone-by field of asparagus, liking the low light and the threatening skies, and ran into the owner. Ed not only pointed me toward a particularly photogenic part of his property, but offered me as much butternut squash as I wanted. It was sitting in a wooden crate and not going anywhere soon enough to pay him for the trouble. I accepted his offer with heartfelt thanks. [That's how asking permission works. ]
His asparagus fields had taken on that golden hue which autumn brings them:
I liked that view of the barn, and this one of an impudent Jimson weed bearing its strangely spiny “fruit” amidst the asparagus:
These seed pods give it the moniker “Spiny apple,” but they’re not at all apple-like. It’s incredibly toxic stuff, damaging livestock which eat it and people who think its vaunted hallucinogenic properties are worth that damage.
I continued north as clouds massed threateningly, heading toward Mt. Sugarloaf. It was across the river in Deerfield, but very much dominated the scene in Sunderland:
These three are Elliot’s work; he likes the planar places.
More from Sunderland soon.