12.22.2015 Another Angle on the Holyoke Mountain Range

I am always looking to add to the collection of images of these mountains.  Of course, compared to some like the Rockies and Grand Tetons they may not be so grand, but for us here in southern New England they are somewhat noteworthy. They do have the distinction of being one of the very few ranges that run east-west.

Across from the newly created Silvio Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge Fort River Division, is a small tree farm and alongside that a granite memorial.  It is from that memorial that I “discovered” this view.

Moody-Bridge-Road-Dawn-1-122115-700WebWhat you are seeing is just the eastern end of the range with Mount Norwottuck at the right and Long Mountain to the left/east.  I have been eagerly waiting for the solstice to approach so the sunrise would be behind these mountains.  I am not sure that, in the next few days, the sun will reach Norwottuck, but we’ll see.  It has come close.

Moody-Bridge-Road-Dawn-2-122115-700WebIf this is the closest I am not complaining.  I have wanted to capture an image of Norwottuck with the brilliance of dawn’s color behind it so am pleased.

It is usually the case that light like this is fleeting, but this lasted for about 10 minutes or so.  Quite a show.  When it was over the light did totally disappear and the sun was blocked yet again.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 12.22.2015 Another Angle on the Holyoke Mountain Range

  1. Gallivanta says:

    These are beautiful. No wonder you are pleased.

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  2. Jim Ruebush says:

    That’s a good one for sure. It is interesting how quickly the light and color changes.

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  3. Such a wonderful bit of this beautiful world to share…Have a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful; No human could duplicate those colors. I like the second one the best with the trees for added interest.

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  5. Definitely nothing to complain about. Quite the contrary.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    Context is everything. Compared to the Rockies, your mountains may not look so grand to you, but compared to our coastal plain? They’re quite wonderful. I favor the first photo, myself. I like the intensity of the color spreading along the ridge, and the subtle patterning of the foreground clouds.

    I wonder if a vision of a sky like this, combined with a white, winter world, played at all into Frost’s poem, “Fire and Ice.” Have you ever seen a fire-like sky like this during the snowy season?


    • Maybe I should say that the mountains are always taller on the other side of the country. 🙂
      The most intense color was still yet a little more to the left (east) but the landscape there was not as interesting.

      I am not sure about what Frost was seeing, but quite possibly. As far as my having an image, there is this one from last February.


  7. Looks like it was well worth the wait. Both images are gorgeous.

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