A Photo a Week Challenge: The Great Outdoors

We live in rural Massachusetts, but it’s hard to think of it as “the great outdoors.”

There’s something a bit enclosed about New England. Trees and stone fences. No big open areas, but smaller sections. Fields, valleys, rivers, lakes … and an amazing Atlantic coast. We are less grand than the west but cozier. Greener.

Less grand than the west, but friendlier. And we get more than enough snow to make up the difference!

The cows in the meadow

The last of the woods, now bare

Vermont mountains

Roaring dam in Blackstone

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong

River Bend in early winter

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Photo: Garry Armstrong –Winter at home


31 thoughts on “THE GREAT OUTDOORS, NEW ENGLAND VERSION – Marilyn Armstrong

    • Thanks. It IS the “great outdoors” in a New England sort of way. Not so grand as your mountains or as broad as the deserts in Arizona or as tall as the Rockies, but at least it is all next door. In some cases, it’s part of our grounds.

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      • I never compare landscapes. They are all amazing. That’s a California lesson. When I first went to San Diego, flying over mountains I would someday live in, I scoffed when a girl across the aisle of the plane told the guy sitting next to her, “Those are my mountains.”

        “Mountains? Ha.” I thought. “Hills.”

        The rest is history. ❤


  1. Not sure if I agree with your less friendly and less green conclusion about the west. Even though I am about as North as you can get (excluding Alaska), I am also as far West as you can get (excluding Hawaii) and we are pretty nice and extremely green. 😉

    And you are definitely GRAND!!! I hope to see it all in person someday!

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    • It’s a different kind of “great” outdoors. More enclosed with a lot more deciduous trees. That’s why we (usually, but not last year) get so glorious autumn weather. We have maple trees and they are the ones that really give us the color. The oak trees turn golden, but the maples turn scarlet.

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