On February 25th, I visited Hop Brook in Holland Glen off Route 9 in Belchertown, MA., a spot that had been one of my most visited places. A few years back, I found it to be a bit unappealing as the folks who lived in the house above the brook had dumped trash, including a mattress, down the hill. While it wasn’t in the brook, stuff like that totally turns me off and I have a hard time being creative under those circumstances. Added was a lot of fallen branches in the water. This time around I found the area cleaned a bit and, while there is still wind blown forest debris in the water, I went upstream and found this sweet little cascade.
I visualized it as a black and white image, but while processing found the hints of color below and nice tannin hue above to be enjoyable and the mono conversion went downstream.
Holland Glen is part of the M-M Trail and the new New England National Scenic Trail as well.