We went to a bon voyage party last night for some friends who are going on a 6 week walking pilgrimage in Spain next week. It was planned for their backyard and, sure enough, it poured. But when I woke this am, I could see stars..not the kind I get now from standing up too quickly…and thought there was a chance for a sunrise shot. The last two mornings started dismally and I hoped the third day would be the charm. I think I gave away the mystery with the title.
This was the view today from the oft visited New Salem Overlook toward Rattlesnake Hill. The eastern sky was pretty much blanketed in clouds and the only opening for the light was to the north so just a little color. Peaceful, though.
After that faded away, I figured why not visit another old favorite, Bears Den Falls, also in New Salem, even though I knew the water flow was low after a week of very little rain. There is a legend that Chief Metacomet, aka King Philip, used Bears Den to plan attacks.
I’ve been here several times and this was the time with the least amount of dead wood lying about. There is almost always a downed tree somewhere. The Trustees of Reservations, who own this property, must have cleaned it up recently.This is actually a split falls, but right now the left side isn’t very attractive, so I composed for the right. The hemlock tree is a bit awkward, but that is where it is. If you would like to see it in a more tradition composition, click here.