10.20.2021 Sweet Alice Pond

I am not positive the pond has that name, just as with the pond at Moosehorn Road.  But this is in the Sweet Alice Conservation Area so I am going with that.  The pond was created by the  damming of Plum Brook where it enters the property.  It was owned by the Epstein family whom I met and they gave me permission about 25 years or so ago to wander the land.  It is now owned and protected by The Kestrel Land Trust in partnership with the Town of Amherst and adds to the trails and land conservation of the Holyoke Mountain Range.

Back in the mid-80’s when we bought our house, I had to apply for a special permit to operate an antique restoration business out of our home.  Alice Epstein was a town volunteer on the review board and while visiting my home told me of the pond and said I was welcome to visit it. She and Seymour have passed away and Kestrel has now protected their land which they loved.  Their home is now host to various educational programs and offices.


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 10.20.2021 Sweet Alice Pond

  1. picpholio says:

    What a beautiful reflection of the beautiful and especially warm autumn colors

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  2. It’s good to hear another preservation success story. “Sweet Alice” reminds me of the “Grave Alice” in Longfellow’s poem “The Children’s Hour”:

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  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Looks like somewhere very special – good to know it’s being protected!

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    The reflection in this pond is perfect and so beautiful, Steve

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  5. Tina says:

    What a marvelous gift to the community and region and how fortunate that you are able to visit.

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    • Our area is indeed fortunate to have this and other trusts working to preserve the land. We have so many lovely properties around here to visit that I often have no idea where I am headed in the morning and just end up somewhere beautiful by chance.


  6. What a beautiful picture. I love seeing the reflection of stunning scenery on the water. ☀️

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    A beautiful image and a fine legacy!

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  8. Beautiful image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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