The lack of snow so far this winter has taught me to look at the landscape a little differently. Naked trees and brown ground present a different kind of beauty. Here’s a gallery of my January shots so far. Some made the cut for my Facebook page, others did not. I’m still looking forward to some snowscapes before winter’s end.
Backroading in the Berkshires
The Old Lewis Farm
It was the great American landscape photographer Ansel Adams who said, “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” I selected one photo from each month of 2015. I’m not sure how significant they are, but, for me, it’s a pretty good crop.
Being a photographer, I have sometimes envied others who lived near the seashore or in the mountains. “How lucky are they?” I thought, “to be surrounded by such beauty every day.” Over the years I’ve come to realize that I don’t have to travel far and wide to find beauty. It’s right outside my door.
I grew up in Southwick. I played here. I went to school here. I worked here. I fell in love with and married a Southwick girl. Our wedding was in the white church in the center of town. We moved away. Then we came back to raise our kids in Southwick . . . our hometown. I wrote a blog piece about it a couple of years ago.
A lot has changed over the years, but there is much that has remained the same. I could probably move to the seashore or the mountains and be very happy . . . but I would dearly miss my hometown, Southwick, Massachusetts.
Old Tobacco Road
Along Sheep Pasture Road
Along Sheep Pasture Road
Along Mort Vining
Along North Loomis
Along Loomis Street
Coes Hill Road
In Southwick Center
In the Old Cemetery – Happy Halloween
Autumn always fills me with nostalgia. What better way to travel back in time than an October visit to Old Sturbridge Village? Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, which re-creates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s.The Village includes 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm
Feeding the Chickens
Getting ready to work on his bucket list
Buckets & Barrels
The Retro Pop Shop is located on Route 20 in Lee, Massachusetts. If you plan to stop by be sure to give yourself an hour or two to poke around. There’s just too much to see.
Retro Pop Shop
The Pause that Refreshes
One of the perks of retirement is vacationing after Labor Day. The last weekend of September Lynne and I head for the Cape. The weather has been beautiful the last couple of years.The crowds are gone, but everything is still open.
I tried to capture a bit of the feel with this gallery.
Lynnie at Falmouth Heights
To the Beach
Every man Needs a Little Tug
Sunset at Falmouth Harbor
Falmouth Yacht Club
I don’t often get into downtown Springfield. Last Friday I was dropping off some prints at the Valley Photo Center in Tower Square and took the opportunity for a stroll. The murals from last month’s Jazz & Roots Festival were still up giving the Court Square area a very “artsy” feel.
Valley Photo Center
One Financial Plaza
Main and Court
Faces in the Alley
Does it get any better than this?
Old First Church
First week of the fall semester meant back to school, Chalk Art Festival, Northampton Jazz Festival, Wings of Freedom, a shoot with my favorite poet, and a couple of four legged friends.
Back to School
16 College Lane
On Pleasant Street
HCC Jazz Combo at Northampton Jazz Festival
The O-Tones at Northampton Jazz Strut
The Back Booth
Wings of Freedom
After discovering that individual photos received significantly more views than my galleries posted here, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with this site. Not everyone who views this site is on Facebook where I post individual pics . . . so I’ll do both. Here, then, is a collection from the last couple of weeks.
On Masonic Street
Lunch at Jake’s
Westfield Woman’s Club
At the Farmers’ Market
Art In the Orchard, open all day from August 15 – October 31, 2015, is a walking sculpture trail which winds through Park Hill Orchards in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This third biennial exhibition features the work of 28 selected sculptors. The self-guided trail is about a half-mile long. A walk through the labyrinth adds about a quarter mile.
Park Hill Orchard
Mount Tom in Big Red Frame
Cosmic Gypsy – Chris Woodman
Multidimensional Intergalactic Friends – Piper Foreso
Empty – Katie Richardson
Sawflower – Chris Woodman
Chalice & Blade – Eileen Jager
We’re on the Road to Nowhere – Elizabeth Denny & Pat Bennett
Song on the Birth of the Stars (detail) – Mark Fenwick
What the Birds Know (detail) – Lyn Horan
Feed Me Apples – Lindsey Molyneux
Penny – Tricia Moody-Bourbeau
Penny (detail) – Trisha Moody-Bourbeau
Jim & Tim (detail) – Michael Tillyer
Child with Mother – Rosemary Barrett
Ready or Not . . .