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Nature Photos From My Beautiful Quarantine Berkshires Vacation!

japanese red maple photo by gail worley
Japanese Red Maple (All Photos By Gail)

The original vacation plan for Summer 2020 called for me to fly from New York City to Barcelona on June 4th. There, I would meet up with my Los Angeles-based sister, and we’d spend two days site-seeing and recovering from jet lag before departing on an adventure-packed, seven-day cruise through the western Mediterranean. Sigh, I fucking love to cruise.

Obviously, those plans changed. In May, our sailing was predictably canceled by the cruise line due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While I was relieved to receive a full-refund on my paid fare — and overjoyed with the bonus of nearly $1,000 in onboard credit for a 2021 rebooking — I was also super bummed to know that I would likely not be getting out of Manhattan this summer. First world problems: they are a  thing.

g and t in the berks photo by gail
This Glass Holds The Remains of a Very Stiff Gin and Tonic

It cannot be overstated then that my summer was miraculously saved by friends who own a home the Berkshires, where they’d been quarantining since March. They generously offered to host me for a week of doing basically what I do in Manhattan — eating and going for walks — but with way better food and immeasurably more awe-inspiring scenery, not to mention (but you can see I am about to) air that smells like honey, and the absence of blaring sirens. It was the best week I’ve had in three months. Please enjoy a selection of photos from my many nature walks taken during the vacation that restored my sanity.

white pines view photo by gail worley
The Berkshires: Stunning Even When It’s Overcast

My friends live in a private community accessed from a narrow road set about a mile off of a rural thoroughfare. On summer evenings (during any normal year), you can sometimes hear faint music drifting over from Tanglewood, where I saw a fantastic concert by Squeeze with these same friends last August. Sadly, Tanglewood’s 2020 season has been canceled.

reeds against the sky photo by gail worley

Instead, the soundtrack includes choruses of bullfrogs hiding among the marsh reeds, and a rush of wind through the endless trees that can make you look over your shoulder to confirm that no cars are coming.

marsh pond photo by gail worley

This marsh and pond are just across the road from a private beach. There, you can take colorful kayaks out onto a lake, which is called the Stockbridge Bowl.

lake view through the trees photo by gail

I could gaze at at this view for hours.

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Top Ten Photos: Leaf Peeping and Fall Colors in the Berkshires!

Trees In Distance
All Photos By Gail

It is true that New York State is one of the best places to live if you really want to see the fall change of colors in nature. But here in Manhattan, the reality is that the leaves change from green to brown to dead without much color spectrum in between. Fortunately, I had the chance to spend a few days in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts over the Columbus Day weekend and snapped many fantastic photos just as all of the leaves were approaching full fiery glory. Please enjoy!

Trees and Lake

This one was taken near a big lake.

Row of Red Bushes

This row of bright red bushes was near the main road walking up from the lake.

Handicapped Parking

From a distance, these looked like huge pot leaves to me. But they were not.

Flower Bed

I realize that these are blooming flowers and not leaves, but aren’t they gorgeous?

Assorted Bushes

I took this one on the grounds near the house where I was staying. With all of those pine needles on the ground, the air smelled just amazing.

Lone Red Tree

I love this one, lone red tree among all the green.

Clock Tower

This Clock Tower, officially called the Dudley Field Memorial Tower, is right across the road from the Stockbridge Cemetery.

Naumkeag

This one was taken at place called Naumkeag, the family estate of Joseph Choate, a leading 19th-century attorney, and a co-founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stop and Shop

And last, but not least, this one was taken in the parking lot of a Stop and Shop. Happy Fall Everyone!

Top Ten Photos of Pumpkin Things That I Took in The Berkshires

Fat Pumpkin
All Photos By Gail

Over the Columbus Day weekend, I went up to the Berkshire Mountains area of Massachusetts and spent a few glorious days enjoying the gorgeous natural surroundings and taking assloads of photos of the just-starting-to-turn fall leaves. Gorgeous! And since we are just getting into fall, and also close to Halloween, I not only saw a lot of Pumpkins but also stuff decorated like Jack O Lanterns. For the purpose of this post, a Pumpkin and Jack O Lantern will be considered the same thing. Please enjoy my photos!

Back of Fat Pumpkin

This is the backside of the really humongous pumpkin you see in the first photo. I saw this amazing colossal pumpkin at the Harvest Festival in the town where we were staying. I think you were supposed to guess its weight, but seriously, I think it weighed a ton. That’s about as specific as I could get.

Jack O Lantern Planters

These cheerful Jack O Lantern Planters were spotted out front of the Big Y Supermarket.

Jack O Lantern Balloons

Jack O Lantern Balloons, how cheerful!

Pumpkin Candle Holder

This is a candle holder that would look amazing in the dark with a burning tea light inside! Spooky!

Two Pumpkins

Two Witch Pumpkins!

Pumpkins on Sticks

These are sort of Jack O Lantern/Pumpkin/Witches on Sticks! Because, Halloween!

Bunch Of Painted Pumkins

Painted Pumpkins and their unpainted companions! Also, gourds!

Jack O Lantern Lamp

This Jack O Lantern Lamp is just fantastic. Want!

Happy Fall and Happy Halloween Everybody!

Yes, It Exists: The Crazy Cat Lady Game

Crazy Cat Lady Game
“Go Cat Crazy!”

Pictured above we see my lovely friend Ivy posing with a board game called The Crazy Cat Lady Game. Said game is yet another genius item we found at Greystone Gardens during Berkshires Adventure Weekend 2012. We do not know the exact rules of the game, but we are pretty sure that possession of at least a dozen cats is a prerequisite.

Photo of The Day: A Jar of Candy Buttons

Jar of Candy Buttons

I love this photo I took of a jar of Candy Buttons found at Greystone Gardens, a really cool shop in the Berkshires that sells old fashioned candies, antique-y things, toys and other fun stuff.

Glass Balloons Sculpture

Glass Balloons Sculpture

Glass Balloons Sculpture photographed by me in Tanglewood gift shop, Lenox, Massachusetts during Berkshires Adventure Weekend, Summer of 2012.

Pink Thing of The Day: High Bounce Pinky

High Bounce Pinky
Photo by Me

Photo taken on a visit to Greystone Gardens, a really cool shop in the Berkshires!