06.26.2022 South Amherst at Dawn

I was headed to North Quabbin yesterday for the sunrise that I posted earlier this morning.  But this was why I got there after it had crested the distant hills. I have shot this location before.  The silos belong to the place once known as Mad Woman Farm (she was a psychotherapist) and then Thistlebloom Farm (she decided to tone things down a bit). It has since been sold and I am not sure whether the farm will have a name, old or new. At any rate, it is a spot I like to stop occasionally when there is color in the sky and fog on the ground.

When I posted this farm a few years ago, I mentioned the woman’s decorated windows  but I don’t think that I ever posted them. I imagine that lower window made a few of her clients wonder what they were getting into.


I bet this won’t be that last time I post an image of this place. The lowland here carries moisture and oten that manifests itself in morning ground fog and when the light is right it is hard to pass it by.

Although I get up most mornings between 3 and 3:30 it is getting harder each day to make it out of the house so early. I’ll be glad as the sun starts shifting to the south.

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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36 Responses to 06.26.2022 South Amherst at Dawn

  1. Beautiful dawn image Steve! And the window images are different!

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  2. “Mad Woman Farm (she was a psychotherapist) “ this is quite extraordinary, combined with the drawings on the windows. The mystery o invoked in the first photo is what makes me like it. The colors are also very interesting.

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    • Aside from lending beauty to the landscape, the air of mystery fog offers is always a welcome addition. Although the setting is beautiful, I am doubtful I would turn to her for any psychological help should I need some. (I am normal which means, yes, I do need some help as most of us have something to improve our outlook on life.)

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  3. You caught great pastel colors in that opening shot. The human elements warranted inclusion.

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  4. Dave Ply says:

    “get up most mornings between 3 and 3:30”. Yikes! I’m getting my best sleep then. No wonder I never get nice sunrise shots…

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    • My sleep schedule has become a little odd. I’ve always been an early riser, usually by choice for sunrises etc, but now it is out of whack. I seem to get my best sleep any time I sit down in my recliner with Bentley.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    For the first time in weeks and weeks we had ground fog this morning. It wasn’t as thick as yours, but it’s a sure sign that the pattern’s changing; with the atmosphere moistening up, perhaps the prediction of rain will prove true. As for the farm, the name change certainly suits the setting; it’s a lovely spot.

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    • I am not sure which name I preferred but Thistlebloom does sound more inviting.

      I am very glad that your air quality is moistening both for you to see some ground fog and with the hope that rain is in your future. So many places are drought stricken these days.

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  6. ‘Between 3 and 3:30’ … 😳

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    My, you are an early riser, Steve. But then you miss the sunset this time of year, too. 🙂 I’m loving these long days… light until nine and again at four-thirty when the dawn chorus starts up. Wish it would last all summer.

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    • The hour has become earlier, Eliza. I’ve always been an early riser since my school days with a paper route. But that virus in 2018 totally messed up my sleep clock and Bentley got used to the time so some days he wants out and food much earlier than previously. But I am generally awake lying in bed then anyway. If I see 9 p.m. it is only because I can’t fall asleep. 🙂


  8. I’m impressed with your dedication and early rising, Steve. But you get your reward by witnessing and photographing beautiful sunrises!

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    • It’s a little earlier than I’d prefer, Tanja. I make up for it by being in bed 8-8:30. Fortunately I have no interest in evening TV and have lost my desire to even watch the news although we do during dinner.
      The sunrises make it all better. 🙂

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      • I can relate to your decision to forego the news, Steve. Thank goodness for sunrises, and sunsets, trees, flowers, birds, frogs, and insects. What would we do without them?

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      • I’d much rather concern myself with nature than the vicissitudes of human behavior. Thank goodness indeed for our ability to spend time with all those things you mention to nurture our souls and contribute to our wellbeing.

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  9. What a beautiful shot of that sunrise scene – wow! My son went to Amherst College; I wonder if he ever heard about this woman’s house back in the day? How close is it to the college?

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  10. melissabluefineart says:

    If I lived in a place that delivered morning that looked like that, I’d be an early riser! Did you ever meet her? She must have been quite a fun character.

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  11. Tina says:

    Beautiful image to awaken to! It’s already somewhat light when I first peek out in the mornings, so for right now, no sunrises, but that’ll change in time.

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  12. naturebackin says:

    Those silos somehow manage not to look benign against the strange light and the strange story of the farm and its windows and previous owner. After seeing that cartoon I will never see the word ‘psychotherapist’ in the same way!

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    • That’s interesting that the silos have a sinister or at least ominous presence. I guess that my seeing them a few hundred times over the years makes them more familiar and less threatening. They are a little crooked so could fall on someone. 🙂
      That cartoon just cracks me up. Until I saw it I never separated the word like that and now it always seems divided. Good reason to change what one calls the profession.

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    I love the deep colors within the fog and all those hints of trees. I think this worth stopping for. 🙂

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