Saturday, February 9, 2013

2-9-13 Blizzard Photos from Northampton, MA (Temporary exhibit).

A neighbor digging out his car although there's no where to drive

Lovely afternoon shadows with Maxfield Parrish light.
A number of years have passed since a storm has left this much snow in Northampton.

The clearing after the storm and the sense of how beautiful it is, after all is said and done.
Friday night as the storm is getting pumped up.  

Saturday morning.

Pleasant Street at 7 am Saturday. It's still snowing, though the wind has died.
Pleasant Street. It began snowing at noon on Friday, 2-8-13, and began to pick up at 5 pm.
The plows came out at 5:30. The Massachusetts Governor issued a decree banning cars from all highways and roads from 4 pm until noon on Saturday.
People were out shoveling and.....
looking for restaurants that were still open.

Streets were deserted as the wind picked up and the snow began falling harder.
A perfect night to stay home and read a good book.
At 6:30 am Saturday the snow was two feet above my door sill.
 The snow from the driveway was in a pile 12 feet tall.
This is how much snow there was on Thursday morning.
My street looking east at 6:30 am Saturday. It's still snowing hard.
Linda, a neighbor. She said she needed the snowshoes to get from her door to the street.
It looks like there's a little more than 2 feet of snow.
With the driving ban in effect only snow removal equipment was out.
An independent snow plower.
News hounds from Channel 22 WWLP in Springfield. I declined to be interviewed.
Most eateries were closed.
This was the only place open for coffee and breakfast Saturday morning.
Saturday at 7 am.
Friday at 6 pm.
Explorers exploring.
Snow removal guy who had been up all night.
The plow got stuck.
The right machine for the job.
Main Street looking towards city hall.
Luckily Betsy happened to be out walking her dogs so the news folks finally had someone to interview.

 What to do with it all?
Pearl Street at 7:30 am Satruday.
These guys pretty much tell the whole story.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2-3-13 Sunday Morning on The Seven Sisters

That wonderful first rise when you feel the incline's resistance and take a deep breath.
Familiar mosaics.
A 14 inch diameter beech beginning to succumb to Beech Bark Disease.

Council trees.
Close to the ridge. The sun was flirting with some morning clouds.
The ridge. The light dusting of snow was quickly receding in the warm sunlight.
Another summit. There are seven of them stretched over 5 miles.
The warm south-facing flank of the ridge.
I often do "cross sections" where I bushwhack down the slope and come back up to get more elevation.

Beech leaves in motion.
The fourth summit.
The ridge offers spectacular views of the whole valley.
It's a great place to watch hawks as they come down the valley. I sat here a few days ago and watched a large male Red Tail for an hour as it hunted across the slope all the way over to the "meadows"; the green sward of farm land across the Connecticut River.
The ridge.
First ones out on a Sunday morning. They were doing the whole ridge.
Looking west towards Mt. Holyoke (Mt. Skinner).
Trail runner. In the early spring the Seven Sisters Trail Run is held here and is becoming a popular early spring event. More than 100 competitors take part in the 12 mile race with 3700 feet in rise.
Das Ende!