The Holyoke Range is a dominant feature here in the Happy Valley….named such because we have five colleges, lots of arts and a very liberal community…and is a very interesting mountain range as it is one of the few that runs east and west. In the image below we can see Mount Hitchcock with the rest fairly well shrouded in fog. Long Mountain, Mount Norwottuck and Bare Mountain to the east and the Seven Sisters and Mount Holyoke to the west are all hidden from view…lost in the fog or framed out of the composition. The trail across the range is part of the Metacomet (CT)-Monadnock (NH) trail. During the Cold War…which hopefully is not being rekindled…there was reputed to be a Dr. Strangelove type bunker under Bare Mountain.
I’ve driven by this scene a few thousand times and have always hoped to see the fog and light come together. This is close to how I’ve envisioned an image here. In front of us is a hayfield that has recently been mowed. Alternately it is a corn field which also can be found to the west and around the corner. There are a few trees dotting the landscape as in this image which make for a lot of possibilities.
The image is a stitch of 6 separate captures with my 70-200 so I could have a wider view but not have to crop the sky and foreground too much. Detail was not as big a concern as with a fogless landscape. 🙂 I hope you like this one..