First, a folio of Hadley views:
|Hadley's Great Meadow -- some of the oldest farm fields in America|
|Hadley's Honeypot district, adjacent to the Meadow|
|Sculptural clouds above the stately Connecticut|
For agricultural and history buffs, from the web site of the World Monuments Fund:
Located on the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts, Hadley was settled in 1659 by English Puritans. The colonists laid out a village, common, and an “open-field” farming system in the Great Meadow. This arrangement of slender, unfenced, elongated land parcels bounded by the river has endured since the time of the allotments to original settlers. Open-field farming was widespread in medieval and early modern Europe, but only the earliest New England settlements set up this type of agricultural system, and most had disappeared by the 18th century. This survival on such a large scale, over the centuries and through American industrialization in the northeastern United States, is incredibly improbable.
Next, some shots from across the river in Deerfield.
|A cool spot by the banks on a blazing day|
|After a beautiful climb over North Hillside Road, a descent led to more magic|
|The steed pauses for a drink on a humid afternoon|
|Waiting out the rain under a tree, five miles from home|
There's beauty all about us, if we have eyes to see. Go for a ride today, rain or shine, and keep a lookout for surprises.
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