Massachusetts - 2005 A visit to the Berkshires

I went to western Massachusetts in late July 2005 to visit a friend.
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1 In April 2005 I got an invitation from Pam O., a friend of mine from our junior high days in Nashville. In July she had her "Major Milestone + 6 months" birthday party (you don't invite friends from all over the country to have a party in late Feb. in ...

In April 2005 I got an invitation from Pam O., a friend of mine from our junior high days in Nashville. In July she had her "Major Milestone + 6 months" birthday party (you don't invite friends from all over the country to have a party in late Feb. in ...

In April 2005 I got an invitation from Pam O., a friend of mine from our junior high days in Nashville. In July she had her "Major Milestone + 6 months" birthday party (you don't invite friends from all over the country to have a party in late Feb. in the mountains of western Massachusetts!). On my first full day in the area Pam took me to Shelburne Falls to show me the lovely Bridge of Flowers. It was originally a trolley bridge which was built in 1908 and "retired" 20 years later. Townsfolk converted this beautiful bridge into a one-of-a-kind walkway lined with hundreds of colorful flowers. What a nice introduction for me to the state! I had been to Boston and eastern Mass. in the past, but this was my first time to visit the Berkshires. I must say, the speech of the people was a little easier for an east Tennesseean to understand! They don't "pahk cahs in Hah-vahd yahd" in that part of the state! :) Note to my Yankee readers, please forgive my teasing about your accents! Heaven knows, coming from east Tennessee I've had my share of teasing when I travel! :) map... 2531
2 The entrance to the Bridge of Flowers.

The entrance to the Bridge of Flowers.

The entrance to the Bridge of Flowers. 1594
3 A tranquil view of the Deerfield River from the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne MA. Too bad the powerlines were not underground! That would have been an awful lot to have to "Photoshop" out!

A tranquil view of the Deerfield River from the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne MA. Too bad the powerlines were not underground! That would have been an awful lot to have to "Photoshop" out!

A tranquil view of the Deerfield River from the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne MA. Too bad the powerlines were not underground! That would have been an awful lot to have to "Photoshop" out! 1513
4 Another view of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne, MA.

Another view of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne, MA.

Another view of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne, MA. 1396
5 An interesting colored slate roof on an older home in Shelburne Falls. The homes in the town were much different than what we have in east Tennessee. The open area at the top of the roof is called a "widow's walk". 
***update*** I received an e-mail f...

An interesting colored slate roof on an older home in Shelburne Falls. The homes in the town were much different than what we have in east Tennessee. The open area at the top of the roof is called a "widow's walk". ***update*** I received an e-mail f...

An interesting colored slate roof on an older home in Shelburne Falls. The homes in the town were much different than what we have in east Tennessee. The open area at the top of the roof is called a "widow's walk". ***update*** I received an e-mail from a man in Florida who grew up in this house. He said it is a funeral home, the parlor was downstairs and the family lived upstairs. I'm sure he was quite surprised to find his homeplace in Massachusetts on a website about Tennessee wildflowers! What a small world! :) So, that proves the internet can connect people in some good ways! 1484
6 Another interesting sight in Shelburne Falls is the Glacial Potholes.

Another interesting sight in Shelburne Falls is the Glacial Potholes.

Another interesting sight in Shelburne Falls is the Glacial Potholes. 1397
7 The Glacial Potholes are located below the dam. The polished metamorphic rock on the riverbed was beautiful. Rounded stones trapped in the potholes erode out the holes.

The Glacial Potholes are located below the dam. The polished metamorphic rock on the riverbed was beautiful. Rounded stones trapped in the potholes erode out the holes.

The Glacial Potholes are located below the dam. The polished metamorphic rock on the riverbed was beautiful. Rounded stones trapped in the potholes erode out the holes. 1546
8 A few of the Glacial Potholes.

A few of the Glacial Potholes.

A few of the Glacial Potholes. 1658
9 <strong>Wrinkled Rose</strong>
<em>Rosa rugosa*</em> Rose Family<br>
This pretty rose is often planted along roadsides as an ornamental shrub. It has very prickly stems.

Wrinkled Rose Rosa rugosa* Rose Family
This pretty rose is often planted along roadsides as an ornamental shrub. It has very prickly stems.

Wrinkled Rose Rosa rugosa* Rose Family
This pretty rose is often planted along roadsides as an ornamental shrub. It has very prickly stems.


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10 On the way back from Shelburne Falls, Pam took me to a river. Here she waits patiently for me as I went on a hunt for new wildflowers. I am <u>so lucky</u> to have such patient friends! :)

On the way back from Shelburne Falls, Pam took me to a river. Here she waits patiently for me as I went on a hunt for new wildflowers. I am so lucky to have such patient friends! :)

On the way back from Shelburne Falls, Pam took me to a river. Here she waits patiently for me as I went on a hunt for new wildflowers. I am so lucky to have such patient friends! :) 1495
11 I have heard for years that <strong>Purple Loosestrife</strong> is a serious problem in the northeast US, I could understand when I left the Albany, NY airport. It grows <u>everywhere</u> in the area! It is pretty to see the fields full of the lovely p...

I have heard for years that Purple Loosestrife is a serious problem in the northeast US, I could understand when I left the Albany, NY airport. It grows everywhere in the area! It is pretty to see the fields full of the lovely p...

I have heard for years that Purple Loosestrife is a serious problem in the northeast US, I could understand when I left the Albany, NY airport. It grows everywhere in the area! It is pretty to see the fields full of the lovely purple flowers, but they are about the only flower to be seen. This invasive non-native crowds out the native flowers. 1601
12 It takes more than a little river to keep me from exploring an area for new wildflowers! Pam got a good laugh as she watched me carefully pick my way across the slippery rocks; at times I was holding my camera up with one hand and holding the rocky bot...

It takes more than a little river to keep me from exploring an area for new wildflowers! Pam got a good laugh as she watched me carefully pick my way across the slippery rocks; at times I was holding my camera up with one hand and holding the rocky bot...

It takes more than a little river to keep me from exploring an area for new wildflowers! Pam got a good laugh as she watched me carefully pick my way across the slippery rocks; at times I was holding my camera up with one hand and holding the rocky bottom with the other. I didn't get too wet! Fortunately, many of the rivers in the Berkshires are more like our creeks than the huge rivers of the south! (photo by Pam O.) 1553
13 <strong>Canadian Burnet</strong>
<em>Sanguisorba canadensis</em> / Rose Family
July 22, 2005
Franklin Co., MA<br>
These Canadian Burnet flowers were one of the reasons I risked, and got, wet blue jeans crossing the river. It was worth the effort, I...

Canadian Burnet Sanguisorba canadensis / Rose Family July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
These Canadian Burnet flowers were one of the reasons I risked, and got, wet blue jeans crossing the river. It was worth the effort, I...

Canadian Burnet Sanguisorba canadensis / Rose Family July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
These Canadian Burnet flowers were one of the reasons I risked, and got, wet blue jeans crossing the river. It was worth the effort, I got a couple of new flowers for my life-list! :)


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14 Canadian Burnet - Close-up 
I saw a relative of this plant on our trip to Alaska last year. They are strange flowers!

Canadian Burnet - Close-up I saw a relative of this plant on our trip to Alaska last year. They are strange flowers!

Canadian Burnet - Close-up I saw a relative of this plant on our trip to Alaska last year. They are strange flowers! 1478
15 leaf drops on Canadian Burnet

leaf drops on Canadian Burnet

leaf drops on Canadian Burnet 1472
16 I can't find this tiny white Bluebell in any of my flower identification books, but I'll keep trying to identify it. I found it on the riverbank with the Canadian Burnet.

I can't find this tiny white Bluebell in any of my flower identification books, but I'll keep trying to identify it. I found it on the riverbank with the Canadian Burnet.

I can't find this tiny white Bluebell in any of my flower identification books, but I'll keep trying to identify it. I found it on the riverbank with the Canadian Burnet. 1602
17 <strong>Boneset</strong>
<em>Eupatorium perfoliatum</em> / Composite Family
Franklin Co., MA<br>
Note the clasping leaves that seem to perforate the stem, thus the species name.

Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum / Composite Family Franklin Co., MA
Note the clasping leaves that seem to perforate the stem, thus the species name.

Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum / Composite Family Franklin Co., MA
Note the clasping leaves that seem to perforate the stem, thus the species name.


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18 <strong>Enchanters Nighshade</strong>
<em>Circaea quadrisulcata</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Height: 1-2 feet
July 23, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
This is larger than the Smaller Enchanter's Nightshade (<em>C. alpina</em>) that grows in the mountains ...

Enchanters Nighshade Circaea quadrisulcata / Evening Primrose Family Height: 1-2 feet July 23, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
This is larger than the Smaller Enchanter's Nightshade (C. alpina) that grows in the mountains ...

Enchanters Nighshade Circaea quadrisulcata / Evening Primrose Family Height: 1-2 feet July 23, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
This is larger than the Smaller Enchanter's Nightshade (C. alpina) that grows in the mountains of east Tennessee. It is not related to the poisonous Nightshade which is a member of the Potato Family.


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19 Close-up of Enchanters Nightshade
These are interesting little flowers to enjoy close up.

Close-up of Enchanters Nightshade These are interesting little flowers to enjoy close up.

Close-up of Enchanters Nightshade These are interesting little flowers to enjoy close up. 1612
20 Pretty MA Farm scene

Pretty MA Farm scene

Pretty MA Farm scene 1672
21 <strong>Wild Madder</strong>
<em>Gallium mollugo</em> / Madder Family
July 22, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
This pretty lacy little cluster of flowers graces the roadsides of Massachusetts in mid-summer.
This is a very common flower in the area.

Wild Madder Gallium mollugo / Madder Family July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
This pretty lacy little cluster of flowers graces the roadsides of Massachusetts in mid-summer. This is a very common flower in the area.

Wild Madder Gallium mollugo / Madder Family July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
This pretty lacy little cluster of flowers graces the roadsides of Massachusetts in mid-summer. This is a very common flower in the area.


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22 Wild Madder in a field

Wild Madder in a field

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23 <strong>Creeping Bellflower</strong>
<em>Campanula rapunulculoides*</em> / Bluebell Family
July 22, 2005
Winslow, MA<br>
Fortunately, this beautiful alien wildflower doesn't seem to cause problems like Purple Loosestrife! I saw this flower blooming...

Creeping Bellflower Campanula rapunulculoides* / Bluebell Family July 22, 2005 Winslow, MA
Fortunately, this beautiful alien wildflower doesn't seem to cause problems like Purple Loosestrife! I saw this flower blooming...

Creeping Bellflower Campanula rapunulculoides* / Bluebell Family July 22, 2005 Winslow, MA
Fortunately, this beautiful alien wildflower doesn't seem to cause problems like Purple Loosestrife! I saw this flower blooming when I traveled in Europe a few years ago.


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24 Creeping Bellflower - Close-up

Creeping Bellflower - Close-up

Creeping Bellflower - Close-up 1601
25 A Bush Honeysuckle

A Bush Honeysuckle

A Bush Honeysuckle 1574
26 <strong>Canada Lily</strong>
<em>Lilium canadense</em> / Lily Family
Height: 2 feet - 5 feet
July 22, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
Pam told me that the Canada Lily had been blooming previous to my arrival, so I was determined to find one. We went for a w...

Canada Lily Lilium canadense / Lily Family Height: 2 feet - 5 feet July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
Pam told me that the Canada Lily had been blooming previous to my arrival, so I was determined to find one. We went for a w...

Canada Lily Lilium canadense / Lily Family Height: 2 feet - 5 feet July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
Pam told me that the Canada Lily had been blooming previous to my arrival, so I was determined to find one. We went for a walk through her neighborhood with her sister-in-law and niece. While we walked on top of the aquaduct I spied this lily that was a little past its prime. I was satisfied to have seen it at all since it appeared to be the last one!


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27 <strong>Helleborine</strong>
<em>Epiactis helleborine*</em> / Orchid Family
Height: 1 feet - 3 feet
July 22, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
The first time I saw one of these plants it was in bud, I knew it was an orchid, but I had no idea which one it was....

Helleborine Epiactis helleborine* / Orchid Family Height: 1 feet - 3 feet July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
The first time I saw one of these plants it was in bud, I knew it was an orchid, but I had no idea which one it was....

Helleborine Epiactis helleborine* / Orchid Family Height: 1 feet - 3 feet July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
The first time I saw one of these plants it was in bud, I knew it was an orchid, but I had no idea which one it was. The plant grows in deep shade, so when I finally found one in bloom it was difficult to photograph. I had to delete a lot of pictures! This was the best photo I was able to get. I was surprised to read that it is a non-native orchid.


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28 Helleborine - plant

Helleborine - plant

Helleborine - plant 1650
29 <strong>Meadowsweet</strong>
<em>Spirea latifolia</em> / Rose Family
Height: 2 feet - 5 feet
Hinsdale, MA<br>
This shrub has a pretty cluster of tiny pink flowers.

Meadowsweet Spirea latifolia / Rose Family Height: 2 feet - 5 feet Hinsdale, MA
This shrub has a pretty cluster of tiny pink flowers.

Meadowsweet Spirea latifolia / Rose Family Height: 2 feet - 5 feet Hinsdale, MA
This shrub has a pretty cluster of tiny pink flowers.


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30 <strong>Queen-of-the-Prairie</strong>
<em>Filipendula rubra</em> / Rose Family
Height: 2 feet - 8 feet
July 22, 2005
Windsor, MA<br>
On our way to Windsor Jambs I spotted this pretty pink wildflower. I asked Pam to pull over to the side of the roa...

Queen-of-the-Prairie Filipendula rubra / Rose Family Height: 2 feet - 8 feet July 22, 2005 Windsor, MA
On our way to Windsor Jambs I spotted this pretty pink wildflower. I asked Pam to pull over to the side of the roa...

Queen-of-the-Prairie Filipendula rubra / Rose Family Height: 2 feet - 8 feet July 22, 2005 Windsor, MA
On our way to Windsor Jambs I spotted this pretty pink wildflower. I asked Pam to pull over to the side of the road so I could take pictures of it. The plant was growing in the middle of a huge stand of ferns (which can be seen in the background).


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31 <strong>Steeplebush</strong>
<em>Spirea tomentosa</em> / Rose Family
Height: 2' - 4' 
Hinsdale, MA<br>
This pretty cluster of tiny flowers looks a bit like Queen of the Prairie, but the leaves are much different.

Steeplebush Spirea tomentosa / Rose Family Height: 2' - 4' Hinsdale, MA
This pretty cluster of tiny flowers looks a bit like Queen of the Prairie, but the leaves are much different.

Steeplebush Spirea tomentosa / Rose Family Height: 2' - 4' Hinsdale, MA
This pretty cluster of tiny flowers looks a bit like Queen of the Prairie, but the leaves are much different.


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32 <strong>Purple fringed orchid</strong>
<em>Habenaria fimbriata</em> / Orchid Family
Height: 
July 22, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
I was excited to see an "old favorite" from my treks in the high elevations of the Smokies on my walk in Pam's neighborhood...

Purple fringed orchid Habenaria fimbriata / Orchid Family Height: July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
I was excited to see an "old favorite" from my treks in the high elevations of the Smokies on my walk in Pam's neighborhood...

Purple fringed orchid Habenaria fimbriata / Orchid Family Height: July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
I was excited to see an "old favorite" from my treks in the high elevations of the Smokies on my walk in Pam's neighborhood! The individual flowers are spectacular to view close-up!


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33 <strong>Rabbitsfoot Clover</strong>
<em>Trifolium arvense*</em> / Pea Family
Height: 4" - 16" 
July 22, 2005
Hinsdale, MA<br>
These little clover flowers are well-named, they do look like tiny pink rabbit's feet.

Rabbitsfoot Clover Trifolium arvense* / Pea Family Height: 4" - 16" July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
These little clover flowers are well-named, they do look like tiny pink rabbit's feet.

Rabbitsfoot Clover Trifolium arvense* / Pea Family Height: 4" - 16" July 22, 2005 Hinsdale, MA
These little clover flowers are well-named, they do look like tiny pink rabbit's feet.


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34 <strong>Ragged Robin; Cuckoo Flower</strong>
<em>Lychnis flos-cuculi*</em> / Pink Family
Height: 1'- 2'
July 22, 2005
Franklin Co., MA<br>
This was one of the wildflowers I found when I waded across the river. I had seen this flower in Norway a fe...

Ragged Robin; Cuckoo Flower Lychnis flos-cuculi* / Pink Family Height: 1'- 2' July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
This was one of the wildflowers I found when I waded across the river. I had seen this flower in Norway a fe...

Ragged Robin; Cuckoo Flower Lychnis flos-cuculi* / Pink Family Height: 1'- 2' July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
This was one of the wildflowers I found when I waded across the river. I had seen this flower in Norway a few years ago.


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35 <strong>Red Baneberry seeds</strong>
<em>Actaea rubra</em> / Buttercup Family
Hinsdale, MA
July 22, 2005<br>
Children should be taught to look but not touch pretty red berries like this. The name "bane" alludes to the poisonous  nature of the plant.

Red Baneberry seeds Actaea rubra / Buttercup Family Hinsdale, MA July 22, 2005
Children should be taught to look but not touch pretty red berries like this. The name "bane" alludes to the poisonous nature of the plant.

Red Baneberry seeds Actaea rubra / Buttercup Family Hinsdale, MA July 22, 2005
Children should be taught to look but not touch pretty red berries like this. The name "bane" alludes to the poisonous nature of the plant.
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36 <strong>Maiden Pink</strong>
<em>Dianthus deltoides</em> / Pink Family
Hinsdale, MA
July 21, 2005<br>
This plant could be confused with Deptford Pink at first glance. However, this plant has a solitary flower instead of clusters of flowers.

Maiden Pink Dianthus deltoides / Pink Family Hinsdale, MA July 21, 2005
This plant could be confused with Deptford Pink at first glance. However, this plant has a solitary flower instead of clusters of flowers.

Maiden Pink Dianthus deltoides / Pink Family Hinsdale, MA July 21, 2005
This plant could be confused with Deptford Pink at first glance. However, this plant has a solitary flower instead of clusters of flowers.


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37 <strong>Round-leafed Pyrola</strong>
<em>Pyrola rotundifolia</em> / Wintergreen Family
Height: 6" - 15"
Hinsdale, MA<br>
This plant is related to the Spotted Wintergreen and Pipsissewa of the southern mountains.

Round-leafed Pyrola Pyrola rotundifolia / Wintergreen Family Height: 6" - 15" Hinsdale, MA
This plant is related to the Spotted Wintergreen and Pipsissewa of the southern mountains.

Round-leafed Pyrola Pyrola rotundifolia / Wintergreen Family Height: 6" - 15" Hinsdale, MA
This plant is related to the Spotted Wintergreen and Pipsissewa of the southern mountains.


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38 <strong>Long-leafed Speedwell</strong>
<em>Veronica longifolia*</em> / Snapdragon Family
Height: up to 3 feet
July 22, 2005
Franklin Co., MA<br>
This is another lovely non-native that grows along the roadsides of western Massachusetts. One reason ...

Long-leafed Speedwell Veronica longifolia* / Snapdragon Family Height: up to 3 feet July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
This is another lovely non-native that grows along the roadsides of western Massachusetts. One reason ...

Long-leafed Speedwell Veronica longifolia* / Snapdragon Family Height: up to 3 feet July 22, 2005 Franklin Co., MA
This is another lovely non-native that grows along the roadsides of western Massachusetts. One reason there are so many European imports in New England is because they were brought over on purpose for food or medicine by the early settlers or they were mixed in with fodder for their animals. Many non-native plants become well-established in a new area because they have no natural enemies to consume them.


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39 <strong>Spikenard</strong>
<em>Aralia racemosa</em> / Ginseng Family
Height: 3' - 5'
Hinsdale, MA <br>
I was excited to see this plant blooming in the woods near Pam's house. I had never seen it before, but I had read about it in my books.

Spikenard Aralia racemosa / Ginseng Family Height: 3' - 5' Hinsdale, MA
I was excited to see this plant blooming in the woods near Pam's house. I had never seen it before, but I had read about it in my books.

Spikenard Aralia racemosa / Ginseng Family Height: 3' - 5' Hinsdale, MA
I was excited to see this plant blooming in the woods near Pam's house. I had never seen it before, but I had read about it in my books.


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40 <strong>Wild Cucumber</strong>
<em>Echinocystis lobata</em> / Cucumber Family
Hinsdale, MA 
July 21, 2005<br>
I spied this white flowered vine growing on the side of Pam's yard. The plant's genus name comes from the Greek words <em>echinos</em> for...

Wild Cucumber Echinocystis lobata / Cucumber Family Hinsdale, MA July 21, 2005
I spied this white flowered vine growing on the side of Pam's yard. The plant's genus name comes from the Greek words echinos for...

Wild Cucumber Echinocystis lobata / Cucumber Family Hinsdale, MA July 21, 2005
I spied this white flowered vine growing on the side of Pam's yard. The plant's genus name comes from the Greek words echinos for "hedgehog" and cystis for "bladder" in reference to the prickly, fleshy green fruit. The difference between this plant and its close relative, the Bur-Cucumber, is that it's flowers have 6 petals rather than 5.


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41 <strong>Wild Thyme</strong>
<em>Thymus serpyllum*</em> / Mint Family
Dalton, MA
July 21, 2005<br>
This tiny plant carpets yards in the western Massachusetts area. I noticed the tiny purple flowers in several yards as I was driving, but I didn't thi...

Wild Thyme Thymus serpyllum* / Mint Family Dalton, MA July 21, 2005
This tiny plant carpets yards in the western Massachusetts area. I noticed the tiny purple flowers in several yards as I was driving, but I didn't thi...

Wild Thyme Thymus serpyllum* / Mint Family Dalton, MA July 21, 2005
This tiny plant carpets yards in the western Massachusetts area. I noticed the tiny purple flowers in several yards as I was driving, but I didn't think it would be be good to stop in a stranger's driveway to check them out! "Honest officer, I was just looking at this little plant!" Wild Thyme is a European import that has made itself quite at home in the northeast. My friends said it smells wonderful when it is run over by the lawnmower!


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42 <strong>Northern Willow herb</strong>
<em>Epilobium latifolium</em> / Evening-primrose Family
Hinsdale, MA
July 22, 2005<br>
This was another find in Pam's neighborhood. These tiny flowers are related to the striking pink Fireweed. These plants hav...

Northern Willow herb Epilobium latifolium / Evening-primrose Family Hinsdale, MA July 22, 2005
This was another find in Pam's neighborhood. These tiny flowers are related to the striking pink Fireweed. These plants hav...

Northern Willow herb Epilobium latifolium / Evening-primrose Family Hinsdale, MA July 22, 2005
This was another find in Pam's neighborhood. These tiny flowers are related to the striking pink Fireweed. These plants have very long seed pods.


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43 On our "show the out-of-state-visitor the area day" Pam took me to the little village of Windsor. We stopped at a fascinating state park that was the home of Windsor Jambs, a beautiful cascading waterfall in a ravine of solid rock. 
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On our "show the out-of-state-visitor the area day" Pam took me to the little village of Windsor. We stopped at a fascinating state park that was the home of Windsor Jambs, a beautiful cascading waterfall in a ravine of solid rock.

On our "show the out-of-state-visitor the area day" Pam took me to the little village of Windsor. We stopped at a fascinating state park that was the home of Windsor Jambs, a beautiful cascading waterfall in a ravine of solid rock. map... 1996
44 After Pam's brother and his family arrived from Tennessee, she and Ken took us to Mt. Greylock, the highest point in MA at 3491 feet. Like Clingman's Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, there is an observation tower. The Mass. version is a lot fancie...

After Pam's brother and his family arrived from Tennessee, she and Ken took us to Mt. Greylock, the highest point in MA at 3491 feet. Like Clingman's Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, there is an observation tower. The Mass. version is a lot fancie...

After Pam's brother and his family arrived from Tennessee, she and Ken took us to Mt. Greylock, the highest point in MA at 3491 feet. Like Clingman's Dome, the highest point in Tennessee, there is an observation tower. The Mass. version is a lot fancier! The observation area is enclosed and has bronze plaques naming the distant peaks. map... 1747
45 Mt. Greylock view plaque

Mt. Greylock view plaque

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46 The view of the lodge on top of Mt. Greylock. Pretty fancy for the top of a mountain!

The view of the lodge on top of Mt. Greylock. Pretty fancy for the top of a mountain!

The view of the lodge on top of Mt. Greylock. Pretty fancy for the top of a mountain! 1354
47 This Appalachian Trail plaque was located not far from the observation tower. A "familiar friend" I often see in the Smokies!

This Appalachian Trail plaque was located not far from the observation tower. A "familiar friend" I often see in the Smokies!

This Appalachian Trail plaque was located not far from the observation tower. A "familiar friend" I often see in the Smokies! 1630
48 Much of the stone on Mt. Greylock is schist, a metamorphosed form of basalt.

Much of the stone on Mt. Greylock is schist, a metamorphosed form of basalt.

Much of the stone on Mt. Greylock is schist, a metamorphosed form of basalt. 1416
49 I had to laugh when I saw this "Berkshires hatrack" in the room where I slept at Pam's house. Her husband is an avid hunter. This deer head was one of two that I shared the room with as I slept! At least those antlers came in handy for something! :)

I had to laugh when I saw this "Berkshires hatrack" in the room where I slept at Pam's house. Her husband is an avid hunter. This deer head was one of two that I shared the room with as I slept! At least those antlers came in handy for something! :)

I had to laugh when I saw this "Berkshires hatrack" in the room where I slept at Pam's house. Her husband is an avid hunter. This deer head was one of two that I shared the room with as I slept! At least those antlers came in handy for something! :) 1332
50 Pam at her party!

Pam at her party!

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51 This beautiful lake was the site of the birthday party. We enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, and swimming.

This beautiful lake was the site of the birthday party. We enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, and swimming.

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52 Black Raspberries are a special treat to be enjoyed in the summer! Yum!

Black Raspberries are a special treat to be enjoyed in the summer! Yum!

Black Raspberries are a special treat to be enjoyed in the summer! Yum! 1372
53 This old house in NY, east of Albany, reminded me of the home in the 60's TV show "The Munsters"!

This old house in NY, east of Albany, reminded me of the home in the 60's TV show "The Munsters"!

This old house in NY, east of Albany, reminded me of the home in the 60's TV show "The Munsters"! 1693
54 View from an overlook on the NY / MA border. Note the tiny wisp of smoke in the foreground in the middle of the photo, it turned out to be a large building fire in the town far below. I had to take a scenic detour through an old Shaker farm community. ...

View from an overlook on the NY / MA border. Note the tiny wisp of smoke in the foreground in the middle of the photo, it turned out to be a large building fire in the town far below. I had to take a scenic detour through an old Shaker farm community. ...

View from an overlook on the NY / MA border. Note the tiny wisp of smoke in the foreground in the middle of the photo, it turned out to be a large building fire in the town far below. I had to take a scenic detour through an old Shaker farm community. Later, in Albany, I had to take a detour from the interstate into town. Fortunately, I had left early to go to the airport! 1612

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