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The Painted Hills in winter, an unfinished canvas

At first glance, covering the brilliant colors of the Painted Hills with snow seems an affront. Slowly, though, you realize the colors are more vivid and the landscape patterns surreal; it is a study in negative space. The intensity of the snow and depth of the shadows create an otherworldly effect that makes this fabulous place more so.

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Beartown State Forest

A few days in the relative wildness of western Massachusetts… spring peepers, croaking toads, beaver, mink, Canada geese, and beautiful late winter light made a perfect escape.

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Burgoyne Pass Old growth hemlock stand