Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pumpkins and First Snow

Hannah and I went pumpkin picking a few days ago at Howden Farms.The end result.

You can't tell, but it's actually snowing in these pictures...

The following morning.Handiwork from sitting in front of the fire while it was snowing outside!As you can see, I'm not done yet...Softness... This is why I love winter.My morning drive...

Drive-by shots of the mountains...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Final Fall

I love this time of year. Last Tuesday was spent mostly in and around the woods that extend beyond the backyard of the house where I live. I tend to go exploring outdoors on my one week day off, and it's amazing how much the scenery has changed since the previous week. This is my first year living in this house, and now that the leaves are almost all down, the first time I can see so far into the woods beyond the stream at the back of the house. I am very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

Looking into the screened-in porch that overlooks the stream.

The back of the house.
The stream.

I live near the Bamboo Forest...

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon...
I am so fortunate to live near this beautiful tree.

Can you see the house?One of the windows in my room.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Mass Audubon II

My mom and I went apple picking at Bartlett Orchards up in Richmond and then hiking at Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary up in Lenox, MA.

Galas are our favorite.

The range in apples colors is actually quite surprising!

My hands kept on shaking during our hike, so many of my photographs are a little blurry.

Where the Wild Things Are...

View from the top.

Amazing colors out there in the world.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mass Audubon

Tuesdays are my favorite day off. Though I love to spend time with friends on weekends, weekdays are much more suited to adventuring. With fewer people and tourists about, it is far more enjoyable to go out into the world and expand one's horizons. Yesterday I made it up to the Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, MA. They're currently running a membership special (includes two passes), so I signed up my mother and myself. Among other things, the membership allows you free access to all 45 Mass wildlife sanctuaries. The Pleasant Valley Santuary is I believe one of the largest state-wide, with 15 acres of woodland trails a long list of recent wildlife sightings.

In photographing these caterpillars, I'm trying to overcome my fear of them....