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« on: April 17, 2007, 03:08:01 pm »

A client has asked me to do some general photo work (nature and landscape, mostly) in the Berkshires this spring and summer.

My whole life, I've spent a total of about two hours in western Massachusetts. So this shoot is requiring a bit of research.

To that end, does anyone have recommendations of specific places/routes/landscapes/etc. in the Berkshire area that are great for photography? I'll have a total of about a week to work: a couple days in May or early June, and a few days in July. Traveling from Connecticut.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2007, 04:42:14 pm »

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A client has asked me to do some general photo work (nature and landscape, mostly) in the Berkshires this spring and summer.

My whole life, I've spent a total of about two hours in western Massachusetts. So this shoot is requiring a bit of research.

To that end, does anyone have recommendations of specific places/routes/landscapes/etc. in the Berkshire area that are great for photography? I'll have a total of about a week to work: a couple days in May or early June, and a few days in July. Traveling from Connecticut.

Thank you for any help you can provide.

Chris
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Find Monterey, Mass. in the Berkshires, get on the back roads, and get lost. Exquisite, rolling country landscape. Ideal time would be when the trees are budding and/or just opening in early to Mid-May.

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007, 11:25:33 pm »

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there is so much that you can do in that area- I traveled there very often as one of my sons went to Williams College in Williamstown. My favorite places to photographs were Mt. Greylock but unfortunately you can only hike there as the roads are closed until 2009 I believe. However, the very best time to photograph that particular place is in the fall although I am sure you can get some great shots in the springtime as well.
 I agree on the "rolling hills"- there are plenty of those in a 50 mile radius. I usually liked to go up from Williamstown towards Bennington, Vermont. Gorgeous scenery and there you can get off the main roads and explore. Beautiful views. - I also traveled often via the Mohawk Trail to Shelburne Falls where you have the great Bridge of Flowers and the interesting rock formations there. It's different from the usual landscape views of rolling hills but it gives you a different option-
 I enjoyed route 43 (near Jiminy Peak) , route 7 all the way down to Great Barrington area, and even route 9 in Vermont in case you are interested to go up there as well. The area around Williamstown has a little of everything you may be looking for--- rolling hills, farms, barns, streams, views form Mt. Grelylock, llama farms.....and I could go on for a while. You may also be interested in Hancock Village- off 43.
There's a lot to explore and you will come back quite satisfied I'm sure. Please let me know if you need more help.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2007, 06:36:54 pm »

First, apologies for my delay in responding ... I've been shooting out-of-state recently, and am just catching up on things this week.

Second, thank you ... both of you. I'm planning on running up to the area in the next week or so to scout some locations and do some preliminary work, and I'll definitely look into the detailed options you've presented.

As I said before, I have no experience with that area, so it's great to have a starting point.

Thanks again.

Best,
Chris
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2007, 08:36:47 pm »

As Camilla said........ get on the back roads and get lost.

I live in the Litchfield Hills, same old rock as the Berkshires only in Connecticut. I love the Berkshires. As much for the history as the landscape.

Start far Southwest Mass corner and move North crisscrossing Rt. 7:
Ashley Falls - just over the Mass. line and west of Rt. 7, historic postcard village

Tri-corner mountains - west of Ashley Falls (where NY, CT, and MA meet)

Great Barrington - funky cool and colonial

Stockbridge - can you say Norman Rockwell? He lived here. Picture postcards everywhere.

Naumkeag - classic 19th century New England estate, open to public, just outside Stockbridge.. http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/335_naumkeag.cfm

Lenox... “The Mount” home of Edith Wharton.. http://www.edithwharton.org/

Pittsfield... Herman Melville’s home “Arrowhead”

Williamstown.. Clark art museum.. http://www.clarkart.edu/

and on,
and on,
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2007, 10:07:27 am »

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As others have said, there are lots of places to see but I wanted to remind you of a few things. I've spent a lot of time in the Berkshires; my mother was born there and I've had family there all my life. I just returned yesterday from Lenox where my aunt/uncle live.

I'm assuming you may come up 8 from CT. and route 20 is one of the main roads that will take you between Lee, Lenox, Pittsfield, etc. Warning!!!!! Be careful about your speed!!!! The cops have NO sense of humor. I've never seen so many cops/and unfortunate drivers as this last week end and according my relatives, they are on a tear to generate revenue. It will only get worse this summer.....

Also, as you probable know, Lenox is where Tanglewood is (Boston Symphony, Pops, etc.) and you should know it will get very very busy in, around, during, the season so check out [a href=\"http://www.tanglewood.org]http://www.tanglewood.org[/url] and plan accordingly.

OK, so you've been warned, now to the pleasant parts. The Berkshires are stunningly beautiful. There are so many places to see scenery that you'll have to do a lot of driving to see what interests you. It's a peaceful, and quiet place that gives you another slice of life unlike what I see here in Boston. The smaller towns are great. The more rural appeal, the quaint NE atmosphere, many friendly people. I love it all.
If you like art, I'd highly recommend a trip to Williamstown and the Clark museum. They have a wonderful collection (not quite the equal of my alma mater in New Haven, but extremely good).
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 01:03:51 pm »


Find Monterey, Mass. in the Berkshires, get on the back roads, and get lost. Exquisite, rolling country landscape. Ideal time would be when the trees are budding and/or just opening in early to Mid-May.

I am familiar with that area it is beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 06:07:52 pm »

I've visited the Berkshires and it was beautiful driving around.  We stayed in this place.  It's lovely, really nice room, and has an outside sitting area with waterfalls that you can sit and eat breakfast.  Just outside Lenox.  Good luck. 
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