A certain slant of light — winter afternoons — #berkshireweekends

Sunset over the water on a clear winter day turns the sky a deep blue and a touch of rose. And it turns out so does a rainbow of color on an ice fall at the hairpin bend. For a few days this week, we’ve had a breath of winter. And I’ve been out of town for a moment — with family, to see an old family friend.

I’m sorry the newsletter is coming out later than usual this week … it wasn’t wholly an expected trip. But it has meant a few days in a cabin with a wood stove, where almost the only light after dusk comes from a flame. And living by the sun’s rhythm reminds me to pay attention to time.

The snow coats the spruce trees, sparkling (I never fully made the connection until now between sparkle and spark, a diminutive flame in the flakes of ice). Keeping warm takes effort, filling the wood box. The snow is powder on the pathways and the rocks, cold enough to creak underfoot. Even salt water has left ice on the tide line.

This week I’m trying to pay attention to these moments. Winter can feel like a long slow time by this time of year. But I’m reminded that being able to walk out the door and down the steps is more than many people can do. Breathe clear air, listen to the rap of woodpeckers in the fir trees … Color and growth catch my eye. The sound of water. A hawk riding the thermals in a clear sky.

Sunset light turns the horizon a deep orange gold and rose over the water near New Harbor, Maine.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Sunset light turns the horizon a deep orange gold and rose over the water near New Harbor, Maine.

The view stretches across the valley to distant hills from the hairpin bend in North Adams.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The view stretches across the valley to distant hills from the hairpin bend in North Adams.

More events coming up …

Wildflowers bloom in the meadows at the Spruces in late summer ith mountains on the horizon.
Apr 13 2024 @ 2:00 pm
Are you interested in the future of the Spruces? Come chat with members of the Williamstown Conservation Commission about the park.
A boy and a lamb walk by the pasture at Hancock Shaker Village.
Apr 14 2024 @ 11:00 am
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes visitors to meet their newest farm babies – lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and kid goats, and enjoy events and activities throughout the Village.
A boy and a lamb walk by the pasture at Hancock Shaker Village.
Apr 15 2024 @ 11:00 am
Hancock Shaker Village welcomes visitors to meet their newest farm babies – lambs, piglets, calves, chicks and kid goats, and enjoy events and activities throughout the Village.

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