11.18.2019 Monochrome Monday-The Path

A shot from last year following the Jan Dizard Trail in Lawrence Swamp here in Amherst. My main draw to this part of the swamp is a wet meadow where I find wildflowers, especially the Grass Pinks and Rose Pogonias in June.  But this trail has a lot to offer as well.

This shot represents the quiet I am able to  experience walking the trails here in Western Massachusetts.  Since I am out at dawn, or earlier, I most often have sole “possession” of these paths.  It’s a wonderful way to start a day.


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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17 Responses to 11.18.2019 Monochrome Monday-The Path

  1. Todd Henson says:

    I agree, empty early morning forested paths can be so peaceful. Quiet, but not completely silent, with that great earthy smell, especially if it’s recently rained or there’s dew. Or that very crisp feeling when it’s cool or cold out. Definitely something worth getting out there for, with or without camera (though of course with is often preferred).

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    • There are times when a hike produces no images yet gives a satisfying feeling just for being there. I try not to let photography overwhelm the experience. But, yes, it is better when one comes home with an image or two to be shared.


  2. shoreacres says:

    “Two trunks diverged in an Amherst woods…” But you were able to photograph both, and they certainly add a wonderful bit of whimsy to the image. They’re a reminder that sticking to the straight and narrow path is fine, but sometimes it’s worth curving off in a different direction.

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    • Thanks for reminding me of that line from Frost. He very well could have said Amherst. Often when I come to a place where two paths diverge I make sure to visit again and take the forsaken one.
      Curving off or just plain bushwhacking. Although I trip a little easier than I used to, I still like to go off trail and see what might be lurking deeper. This may be bad form or just plain TMI, but sometimes when in the woods Nature calls. More than once looking for a concealed spot has shown me some interesting mushroom, insect, or plant that I would have not seen otherwise. My Quadrillium was found that way. 😎
      Those are gray birches which have a tendency to be weak and bend. We have several here in the yard…or rather had as most have need to be cut.

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    So evocative….I’m happy to learn that you get the trail to yourself at that hour. I have to say, I’ve almost always had the trails around here to myself and didn’t realize how lucky I was until I started reading blogs. If you ever crave alone time on a trail, come to Illinois, I guess!

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  4. I am struck by the visual rhythm. And the quiet.

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  5. Karen says:

    Looks like a quiet, lovely place which are few and far between these days especially over this neck of the woods.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Very nice! That curving tree trunk with its “normal” neighbor was a great find and black and white is perfect for it. I like your subdued toning.

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