Breathing deep on mild days in late fall

On an afternoon near Halloween with a rare glimpse of sun, I went wandering on Sheep Hill. The trees were turning that silver-tawny shade of bare limbs in the late fall sun, and the maples and hickory on the ridge were still bright.

We’re getting into seed pod season now, when the golden rod are a mist in the meadow, and the wild raspberry are showing crimson leaves, but the afternoons can still be mild enough on a still, sunny day that I shucked my sweater on the walk up hill.

Something about the slope of the hill has its own kind of calm, the paths through the wild meadow and open view across the valley, A shoal of trees on the far ridge have all turned deep yellow, and I wonder if they’re larches, tamaracks, hackmatacks shading golden before their needles fall. …

Maples show late fall color on Sheep Hill.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Maples show late fall color on Sheep Hill.

Berkshire squashes, gourds and corn show bright colors at a farmers market.
Photo by Susan Geller

Berkshire squashes, gourds and corn show bright colors at a farmers market.

Highlights

Where to wander this week … we can watch the stars at Arunah Hill, explore ‘Making local farms work’ with ThinkFood at Bard College at Simon’s Rock or free live jazz at Williams College and catch a fall weekend of the Great Barrington Farmers Market …

Williams college students performed in a New Orleans-Style Jazz winter study class in winter 2019.
Williams College

Williams college students performed in a New Orleans-Style Jazz winter study class in winter 2019.


Events coming up

Abbie Chambers joins an exhibition of The Art in Gathering, as Paradise City asks artists to explore ideas of community. Press photo courtesy of Paradise City Arts Festival
May 27 2024 @ 10:00 am
More than 220 selectively curated artists and makers come to Northampton for the annual three-day celebration of art, live music and local food.
Mass MoCA catches sunlight on a summer day.
May 27 2024 @ 11:00 am
Mass MoCA and the Williamstown Theatre Festival present The Plastic Bag Store, an immersive, multimedia experience by Brooklyn-based artist Robin Frohardt.
A Baltimore Oriole looks out from a slender branch. Creative Commons courtesy photo.
May 28 2024 @ 8:00 am
Mass Audubon will explore Edith Wharton's historic home, including its woods, wetlands, and meadows, to find birds by sight and sound.

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