Archive | July 2014

Poppy Variety

Purple Poppy

Poppies immediately brought to mind The Wizard of Oz and their magic power over Dorothy. As a rule, I thought they were always red and orange in color. This purple and white variety caught my eye, especially with its distinct green center.

Shady Garden

Daisy Variety

We were told the shady garden was just outside the admission office/gift shop of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. Being late morning and the peak of summer, shady spots were few and far between, but I was able to find this pair of daisies (?) grabbing as much shade as they could. The blossom standing front and center wasn’t getting much shade, but maybe it will get a turn later in the day as the sun shifts position…well, technically it’s the earth that shifts. 🙂

Gardener’s Weathervane

Garden Shed Weathervane

Just when we thought we had seen all of the Berkshire Botanical Garden, we wandered over to some hidden garden beds. This brought us closer to one of the garden sheds, and I saw the weathervane on top. Now everyone has seen rooster weathervanes, and I have seen a cow weathervane on top of a dairy barn; it stands to reason that a gardener’s weathervane would be a shovel!

First Shot of the Morning

Mount Greylock First Shot

When I found out we could DRIVE to the top of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, it was a no-brainer. The morning was cool, breezy, and very sunny! When I upload photos to my computer, I use a naming convention that includes the date, the shoot, and a 3-digit number. This was shot “20140706-MountGreylock-001”. I couldn’t believe with the brilliant early morning sky, I was able to get a well-exposed shot on the first try!

Safe Haven

Thunderbolt Cabin

The Thunderbolt Cabin, near the summit of Mount Greylock, is a refuge for hikers who get caught by bad weather or nightfall. Thunderbolt Trail is the steepest route up and down the mountain. It is also used for backcountry skiing – hence the reference to “down” the mountain 🙂

Perpetual Memorial

Memorial Topper

The beacon in the War Memorial at the top of Mount Greylock, is meant to perpetually shine in memory of men and women lost in World War I originally, and now all U.S. military personnel losses. It is powered by three 1,500-watt bulbs and can be seen up to 70 miles away. The beacon is extinguished three to four times a year – during Spring and Fall bird migrations, and Summer “star parties”. Our visit was in the early morning, and the sun provided some natural light…