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A Visit To Mount Greylock. May 15, 2010

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Friday’s work had me enduring the worst of what construction survey has to offer, jackhammers and concrete dust in downtown North Adams.

So after work I was ready for something different, and headed up to the access road to Mount Greylock State Reservation, hoping to find some roadside wildflowers.

I did a bit better than that; the gate was open, the first time I found it so this year, and I went the distance.

The Take was pretty good, with Trout Lilies being abundant:

…and the much less common White (Painted) Trillium in bloom:

These shots were taken along the road up to Massachusett’s loftiest peak.  At a humble 3,491 feet it’s not a jaw-dropper, but with 3,000 feet of elevation gain above the surrounding valleys, it still cuts an impressive profile.  This shot is from high up on the northern shoulder:

Clouds approaching from the west portended rain with a display of Jesus Rays:

…then soaked me and my equipment in a brief shower, leaving us as quickly as it had arrived, and with a gift for our troubles:

The evening ended with a return to the lowlands, where a fog was rising from the just-wetted fields:

Thanks to all of you who find the time to share my journeys.  You’re the reason I take my camera with me, and the reason I release the shutter along the way.

At The End Of The Day. May 13, 2010

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On tonight’s ride home from Susan’s place, the steel gray blanket of sky was suddenly separated from the western horizon by a white-hot wedge of light:

I bolted for a high vantage point as the sky erupted in a blaze of brimstone, and found a place to pull over just as the show began to fade:

I was thrilled to have caught a little piece of it, and sincerely wished you were there.

Delicate. May 13, 2010

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Solomon’s Seal, braving the cold nights in Shelburne Falls:

Some of this will doubtless succumb to the frosts and freezes forecast for this week; we watch, wait and wish it well.

From The Bridge Of Flowers… May 13, 2010

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…a pair of Gerbera Daisies, odd little beauties with three inch blossoms on four inch stems:

…and:

That last one’s my favorite; the damage from last night’s freeze only makes this photo more real to me, its irregularities and imperfections bringing it on home.

Probably should have saved these for Ruby Tuesday, but there’s something to be said about timeliness, and there’s always another Red Thing just around the corner.

😉

Weekend Roundup. May 9, 2010

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Here’s where all the shots go which seem worth saving but don’t seem to fit anywhere else.

White birches from last week’s walk with Frau B.:

Happy clouds over an orchard in Colrain:

A lively stone wall on the way to Susan’s house, shot here on a rainy morning:

…and another of Mel’s restorations, this one a ’40 Ford which he and his wife take to Florida every year:

I think he said he put a Chevy 302 in it, and that it got around 18 MPG on the highway if he kept it to 65, but that it didn’t want to go that way, so he paid a bit more to get there a lot sooner.

That one’s another of Elliot’s interpretations of proportion, yielding what seems to me to be a sense of surging forward while standing still.  🙂

So goes the roundup.

Wisteria In The Wind. May 7, 2010

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Two shots from the Bridge of Flowers, where this evening’s incessant winds all but foiled my feeble attempts to get something viewable in the box:

…and:

The day was dim and chilly and sent me packing sooner than I would have liked.

And wouldn’t you know, the sun came out as I drove away.

I had to smile at that joke on me.  🙂

Another Version, Dour But Honest… May 5, 2010

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…of bluetts along the Deerfield, after a rain, the light low, the fog rising, bands of feldspar standing out in lightning relief against the rounded rumps of Mother Earth’s schist:

I’ve taken some of the color out of it, the form and contrast saying more to me than the ordinary greens of its grasses and shrubs.

This is a gift from Elliot; I hope you like it.

Some Spring Buds. May 5, 2010

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Ornamental Apples in North Adams:

Some kind of white-flowering woody thing along the road:

…whatever it is, and some little purple thingies, I know not what pulmonaria, thanks to Bob in comments:

I know, it’s undirected and sub-cogent.  But WTF else was I gonna do with these photos???

Again, Thanks Bob!  😉

Ruby Tuesday – Gettin’ Down! May 3, 2010

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Down on my belly, that is, an inch from my subject, a fragile patch of woodland lichen, here dressed in its fertile finery and lookin’ Rubilicious:

This one’s courtesy of Ziggy, my Sigma 50mm macro friend, and Mary over at Work of the Poet, who brings us this weekly meme.

Thanks, Grrrl!

More From The River’s Edge. May 2, 2010

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The evening sun barely penetrates the rising river:

…while bluetts cling to water-worn schist:

Darkness falls, and I’m heading home to get tucked in.