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 . . .
What a beautiful way to spend part of a summer day! I visited Northampton Community Gardens off Prince Street and wandered through garden after garden. With these photos I’d like to share that peaceful experience. Please join me for a virtual garden stroll. Click on the first photo then scroll through the collection of image and verse.
“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi
“A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.” – Luis Barragan
“Some people like to make a little garden out of Life and walk down a path.” – Jean Anouilh
“We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“I value my garden more for being full of birds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.” – Joseph Addison
“To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin
“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.” – Gertrude Jekyll
“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” – Michael Pollan
“I don’t know if I could do this with the same energy, and in the same way – all the costume changes and glitter and hair and makeup – all the time. When I’m in my 50s, I kind of think I’ll want to be in a garden.” – Taylor Swift
“It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.” – James Douglas
“I intend, before the endgame looms, to die sitting in a chair in my own garden with a glass of brandy in my hand.” – Terry Pratchett
“It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the garden and not destroy it.” – Bruce Lipton
Sidewalk Sales found my camera and I taking a walk through downtown Northampton MA this week.
Note: Careful analysis has made it apparent that individual photos receive more views than galleries. Therefore I will be posting individual images more frequently. Asking people to click through multiple images in a gallery can be somewhat tedious. I will post galleries on occasion when I have a photo essay to share. Thank you all.