At Rest

At Rest

This piece of farm equipment appears to be at rest for the Winter….actually, it may be more like forever. It looks very handsome against the white snow, and makes a good conversation piece – can you say lawn ornament? 🙂

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Meeting House

Meeting House

At the George Landis Arboretum, the Meeting House is a great venue for music events. The Desolation Road Studios Acoustic Music Series we learned to love in Altamont, will be moving to its new home at Landis this Spring. The space, with its expansive deck and fabulous views will make for a great evening out!

Still Standing

Great Oak

The George Landis Arboretum is the home of the Great Oak tree, which is estimated to be 450 years old. It has taken a beating over the centuries, and most recently in 2011, Hurricane Irene a major branch was snapped off. The tree endures under the watchful eye of Landis arborists.

http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Follow-Up-Storm-battered-Great-Oak-still-stands-5196811.php

Into the Woods

Narnia

After plodding through some open fields and past the Great Oak, we turned onto Woodland Trail at Landis Arboretum. We weren’t the first ones through with snowshoes, but the powdery snow wasn’t completely packed down. Good exercise, for sure! As I turned around to see where we’d traversed, I could see we were surrounded – it felt like we’d entered Narnia…

Over the Mountain to Williamstown

Taconic Winter Pano

Cold, grey, and January seemed to be the perfect combination for a day at the museum. I had heard about the Clark in Williamstown, MA for ages, but never made the trip until today. In addition to some great exhibits of classic art, I came away with an idea for our local Archives and Museum. At the border between Massachusetts and New York in the Taconics, is a pull off and trail head for the Hopkins Memorial Forest Ridge Walk. I was not dressed for hiking in 19 degree weather, but a few photos like this made it worth the stop. I’ll return for the hike when the the weather is more to my liking!

Final of Four

AltamontWinter

One Spring morning last year, I repeated a favorite hike on High Point that leads to a magnificent view of Altamont and the surrounding area. I cropped a picture of the village and tweaked it before posting on Facebook. A friend asked if this was going to be a 4 season series, and I told him I was working on it! As the year progressed, I took more shots of the same perspective, (getting approval from Bill for each one :-)). Here is the final shot taken at the end of December after the first significant snowfall of the season.