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The Other “Foliage Season.” April 18, 2010

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While tourists flock to The Berkshires to see “the Colors” in September and October, we locals get to enjoy a subtler “foliage season” in the Spring, uncrowded by swivelheads.

The steeple of a church in Shelburne rises above the buds, catkins and nascent leaves of our mixed-hardwood countryside:

This time of year, with its unsettled weather, seems somehow more appropriate to the character of “traditional” New England than the Disney-esque rainbows of Autumn.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Meanwhile, Above It All… April 16, 2010

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A few “from the can:”

Forsythias:

Azaleas:

A cherry tree:

…and magnolias looking fine against a deep blue sky:

These imports are such an improbable addition to our Berkshires landscape, yet beloved by suburbanites, and understandably so:

…until one’s lawn turns pink, then brown, then yellow from smothering.

I am, thankfully, not a “lawn guy,” and so can enjoy them without reservation.

😉

Springing Into Winter. April 16, 2010

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After last week’s flirtations with the ninety-degree mark, we’re headed for a spell of more seasonally appropriate weather, namely sleet and freezing rain in the high country, and just plain miserable in the valleys.

So before they’re all gone, here are some shots of the woodland flowers who had the audacity of hope before the world was ready for them.

Some tiny blue-eyed grass*:

…as yet unidentified.

Some similarly anonymous little pink things [*Trailing Arbutis – thanks, jomegat, for both of these names!]:

Bloodroot, wrapped in it’s leaf-cloak for the evening:

…and an early wonder, the nearly leafless Coltsfoot:

…improbably thriving in the sandy roadside strips where other plants languish.

This morning on the way to work there was snow up in Florida, with more forecast for the weekend, so this may be the last of the delicate things for a wee bit.

Except, of course, for shots already in the can!  😉

Ruby Tuesday – Spring is Springing! April 12, 2010

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Some redness from my week.

A covered bridge in Colrain:

Agrarian lawn art:

A maple catkin:

And a seasonal treat, forsythias surrounding a local barn:

For more rubiliciousness, visit Mary over at Work of the Poet.

G’Night. April 11, 2010

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Yesterday evening, on my way home from running errands, I pulled over on Route 2 to attempt some sunset photos, simultaneously phoning Susan before I lost service (it’s sketchy in these parts,) when she mentioned that the eastern sky was an unusual shade of blue up in Conway, a dozen miles from me.  I turned around and saw that it was indeed so where I was as well, and took this quick shot:

Route 2 and the Deerfield River in a strange light.  I did nothing to the color in this shot, just brought the brightness up a tiny bit.

G’night.

Dutchman’s Breeches! April 11, 2010

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I found these delicate litlle wildflowers along side the North River in Colrain:

They sit in clusters atop fragile stalks issuing from lacy foliage:

These are a bit earlier than I’ve seen them in past years, perhaps because of last week’s record warm temperatures.

And so begins our local wildflower season!

Gauguin In Colrain. April 11, 2010

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Yeah, in Colrain, “Birthplace of the Toothbrush.” *

And if that isn’t strange enough for you, The Big G makes his appearance on the side of a 25-foot sailboat marooned on this Berkshire hillside like an Ark deposited by the retreating waters of a Biblical flood:

I blinked hard as I drove past this visual incongruity, then doubled back to see if I had seen what I’d seen.

I’d seen it.

The stern of this poor old girl confirmed its owner’s intentions:

One never knows what one will encounter while cruising the back roads, does one?

* If the toothbrush had been born elsewhere, it would most likely have been called a teethbrush!

From The Weekend: Magnolias. April 11, 2010

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Massachusetts isn’t the first state which comes to mind at the mention of magnolias, but yeah, “we got that.”

This weekend’s incessant winds didn’t permit the close-up shots I had envisioned when setting out to shoot these flowering trees, but at least I got somethin’.

Pink ones:

…orange ones:

…and white ones:

And for Laurie B, who requested more insects, this feeble attempt to capture a fly on such a windy day:

Enjoy.

At A Road Cut. April 8, 2010

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Spring’s vibrancy was evident this past week, with above average temperatures yeilding above average results:

Moss on a road cut between Charlemon and Zoar, this shot being from Gizmo, my 400mm L-series lens.

A Sunset. April 8, 2010

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Just east of here along the Deerfield river:

…and to the west,

It was a pretty evening, even if a Guy shouldn’t say so.