We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I took a few photos at the farm in the Berkshires. Last year, a nor'easter took out our foot bridge over the stream. This week, the storm destroyed the big tractor bridge, steel I-beams, cement posts, and all. This is not good at all.
We saw this big male Eastern Box Turtle in the woods on the edge of the field, near the beaver marsh. My favorite reptile except for maybe the Black Snake, even though this was a cranky old guy:
Here's the old well:
And here's the old hitching post:
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The swimmin' hole in the trout stream:
The Hemlock forest:
Some of our meadows:
One of the back hillside fields that I still need to mow sometime this year, as soon as the tractor bridge gets fixed. I have tractors, but a busted bridge. Full of Goldenrod, Meadow Fern, Wild Thyme, and Milkweed, without any useable hay. Do bears poop in the woods? No, they seem to poop in this field, but I'll spare you the photos of that:
If you get a chance, perhaps you might post a few pictures of the plants you mention. Would give us an idea of what you are referring to. Many areas have different "laymen" names for plants than other areas. Great looking place. The kind where you can lay in bed at night and hear all the crickets and grasshoppers without traffic :) Thanks for sharing.
Love the photos! My family has history in the Berkshires stretching back to the 1600's and I love these kinds of displays. (Recognizing of course, from the comfort and safety of high desert Colorado, that all that "green" means wet weather and high humidity.)
As for turtles, they are ALL curmudgeonly and cranky. You wouldn't want them any other way, would you? A "cuddly" turtle? Ha!