We had some terrible flooding here in Western Massachusetts from Hurricane Irene (see earlier blog post for photo’s). My backyard is the Green River, a place I walk nearly every day. It has changed so much since the storm… some places hardly recognizable. Once the river went down enough and places were not so muddy that I could actually walk and not sink, I discovered some amazing beauty. There is an area were the earth is caked with clay and silt… large cracks nearly a foot deep everywhere the clay is drying. I came upon this one area where the leaves remained on top of the clay as the area around the leaves settled down with more rain a week later. I don’t know if the photo’s can capture the perfection of this magnificence of nature.
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Posted in Influences, Massachusetts, Nature Influences Pottery, tagged clay in nature, Clay in the Green River, Flooding in Greenfield Ma., Greenfield Ma., Natures Influence on Pottery, Western Massachusetts after Irene on September 20, 2011 | 7 Comments »
It was quite a sight as the kids and I woke at 6:30 this morning. Our eyes feasted on the sight of this beautiful animal as she feasted, and ruined our feeders!!
We always take the bird feeders down in April, but this summer we decided to keep them up. Maybe we are getting old and wanted to sit and watch the birds all year on the back porch… we did think twice about it, knowing how close the woods are, but still took the chance. I’m bummed… all day long I would see the bright yellow goldfinches, and red cardinals from my studio window… I guess I’ll have to do something else for entertainment!
This first picture (through the kitchen window) is when she came back the second time . The others are from the back porch after my son Luke got his air soft pellet gun to scare her away. A lot of help that did… the tiny plastic pellet didn’t even make her flinch!
It’s so funny as I write this at 10pm and just about to hit publish, I hear a rattle of a garbage can… looking out with a flashlight I see one happy bear.
Posted in entering my studio, Flowers, Massachusetts, pottery studio, tagged Dahlia flower at Lucia Pottery, Dahlia red and yellow, Fall in New England, pottery studio entrance, pottery studio garden on September 28, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Fall in Massachusetts. The leaves are turning their glorious colors, and the flowers are showing off the last of their beauty before the frost comes.
One of the beautiful dahlia’s from the garden entrance to my studio.
Posted in Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, Massachusetts, pottery studio, Uncategorized, tagged Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail, Massachusetts Pottery Tour, Pottery tours on April 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Today was one of those gorgeous Sunday afternoons. We became tourists in our own county… or Leaf Peepers as we call all the tourists this time of year. We live in north-western Massachusetts, very close to the Vermont and New Hampshire border. Greenfield is in the valley, with just a five minute car ride the views are beautiful of the surrounding mountains. These photo’s are taken from the lovely area of Shelburne Ma. at Apex Orchards looking northeast to Mt. Monadnock, N.H.
Posted in Fall Foliage in New England, Influences, Massachusetts, tagged Connecticut River, Fall in New England, Garlic and Arts Festival, Sightseeing in Massachusetts on October 6, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
As I traveled Rt. 2 (Mohawk Trail) to the Garlic and Arts Festival this past weekend… (which by the way was a smashing success) I couldn’t help but notice the color beginning.
There is this bridge over the Connecticut river named the French King Bridge. Tourists always stop to take photo’s there. At the peak of the season (which should be next week) the side of the bridge is a line of people with their cameras. It truly is a beautiful sight.
Posted in entering my studio, Massachusetts, pottery studio, pottery studio renovations, studio shots, tagged Chickens, pottery studio, pottery studio construction, studio entrance on October 2, 2009 | 5 Comments »
This is the newly renovated display/glaze area of my studio… which by the way is a barn which I renovated ten years ago. When we originally started the barn renovations I imagined it to still have the feel of a barn… but in New England you obviously need to insulate, then sheet rock… hence nice walls, nicer than I imagined. Now ten years later, after out-growing the space, I added the kiln room addition, and made the already nice display area into a really nice showroom for my work.
… Can you imagine that this exact space was once, (long before we bought the property) a viewing area with a railing around a 6×8′ hole in the floor to watch cock fights. The house and barn are were built in the 1880′s. It was a working Chicken Farm and Apple Orchard. I hope the spirit of the old farmers are pleased with the current use of the barn. By the way we do have chickens in the lower part of the barn… just no cock fights.
It’s the first day of Fall… I just had to share these photo’s of our last days of summer at the Cape. We went to Provincetown, Cape Cod for a couple of days to bike the beautiful dunes of the national seashore. I really enjoyed the break after the studio renovations, and before the busy season and teaching begins. What a great get away in September. Good weather, Gorgeous beaches, and SEALS!