lunch in a college town

coke

decisions

burgers and a shake

the line up

pedestrian

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Northampton shops

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spring

hemp man

hemp man diptych

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shoes . sunglasses

How I love a good funky college town
and Northhampton, Massachusetts certainly doesn’t disappoint
home of Smith College
we were there recently for lunch with my son
although he lives in Amherst (another great college town)
we decided to explore an area unknown to us
from burger joints to tea houses
bookstores to candy shops
all housed in fabulous old brick buildings
the streets were buzzing with a variety characters
including “Hemp Man”
it all made me wish I were a student again!

all day long

starting the day

cloudy April morning

kettle's on

just waiting

bouquet

april

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lilac bud

“There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.

The wind, the bird flying away. The idea of god.

And it can keep you busy as anything else, and happier.

I look morning to night. I am never done looking.

Looking I mean not standing around, but standing around
As though with your arms open.”

~ Mary Oliver

 

it is a quiet, rainy start to a long weekend here in New England
I’m looking forward to seeing the sun tomorrow
Patriot’s Day Weekend means lots of stuff going on
parades, reinactments, The Boston Marathon…

Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friends!
Keep reaching out!

The Battle of Hop Brook Pond

Hop Brook

it started as a quiet day on the pond
just me and two swans by the banks

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up sails

that is, until two noisy geese landed in the water
and all hell broke loose!
Mr. Swan was clearly not happy sharing his space
he got all bent out of shape
his feathers all puffed up
like a sailboat in full sail
he began to glide at a fast pace
toward the geese

the chase

King of Hop Brook Pond

He made it very clear that he was indeed “King of the pond”

angry bird

got his gander up

on his heels

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chase 4

the battle continued for a good twenty minutes
flapping, splashing, flapping, splashing
that swan was relentless
until finally the geese gave up
and took off for friendlier waters

and the calm once again returned to Hop Brook Pond
that was enough excitement for one day!

Fishing

Swans – 1
Geese – 0

sunny window

sunny window

“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.”

~ William Makepeace Thackeray

river walk

mud, mud, I love mud!

Melting into spring

no. 309

padlocked

river reflections

“You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.”

~ William Stafford

 a few weeks ago, I discovered a new area to hike
a wildlife preserve that runs along the Assabet River
part of it is land once owned by the U.S Army
every quarter mile or so I ran into these strange bunkers
that were apparently used to store munitions
it was rather eerie
I walked at midday, so aside from a few ducks
there wasn’t much in the way of wildlife to see
although, I did hear two Barred Owls calling to each other
from opposite sides of the river
I waited patiently…but they never came into view
maybe next time
so much more to explore

think I’ll head back after “mud season”!