The first weekend in March brings the opening of the Spring Bulb Show at Smith College in Northampton,Massachusetts. Horticulture students pot the bulbs in October for placement in cold storage. Throughout the winter pots are brought into the warm greenhouses based on a schedule for each species. Using precise timing and temperature control all the bulbs are coaxed to flower simultaneously despite their different natural bloom times. The result is a gorgeous feast for the senses.
Arriving at the Bulb Show
Theme for 2016 is The Evil Garden of Edward Gorey
We finally got some snow in Western Massachusetts . . . no blockbuster storm, but three separate days of small accumulations. Not surprisingly, my camera and I headed to Northampton. From the beautiful campus of Smith College to the quaint but vibrant downtown it’s a photographer’s dream. It’s gorgeous any time of year, but especially so in the snow.
Feeding the Meter
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