Field Reports

The Berkshires 2017

George Theodore, October 15, 2017

It gets tougher and tougher each year to predict fall colors; summers in some areas are longer, hotter and drier. This proved to be the case in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts the first week of October.  But, what do you do when you’re handed a bunch of lemons? Well, you know.

With the near absence of color (except for a five mile stretch in Vermont) the group’s challenge to create images from more everyday subject matter was met head-on in North Adams, Shelburne Falls, covered bridges near Bennington VT, Weston and as far north as Rutland VT and the countryside in-between especially along the Mohawk Trail. From old industrial buildings to blossoms and monarch butterflies on Shelburne Fall’s Bridge of Flowers, our workshop participants made lemonade with outstanding imagery. And, of course, we had a lot of fun. The weather for the most part was cooperative and the rains came as the workshop ended – perfect timing. Here is a sampling of images from our participants: