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Guest Post 6: in the forest

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June 29 proved to be just as hot in southwestern Massachusetts as it was in central Texas, and even walking along a path through the woods at the nature preserve called Bartholomew’s Cobble offered relief only from the sun, but not from the heat or from annoying insects. At the spot shown here I was intrigued by the combination of ferns, mosses, lichens, and rocks, all offset by the brown of dried vegetation on the forest floor.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 18, 2012 at 6:08 AM

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  1. Farne, Moss und Flechten, das gefällt mir.
    LG Mathilda 🙂


    July 18, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    • Mathilda says that the ferns, moss, and interlacing of the elements in this picture appeal to her. Even though there are places in Texas that have the same features, somehow this spot didn’t feel at all like Texas to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2012 at 6:44 AM

  2. What a lovely combination of textures, and what pleasing colors.

    Your use of “forest” is interesting. I’ve tried, but can’t remember Texans using the word in conversation. We have the Texas Forest Service, of course, but “woods” seems to be preferred, as in “East Texas piney woods”. I do love the word “forest”. “This is the piney woods primeval” just doesn’t have the same ring.


    July 18, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    • And if I can echo another line, one from The Wizard of Oz, no Texans driving around in the Berkshires would make the mistake of thinking they’re in Texas any more. Trees tower above country roads in many places, and the feeling of it all, even when the temperature is the same as here, is so different.

      You’re right that we almost always say woods in Texas. I used that word in my text but forest in my title—perhaps a reflection of the fact that I grew up in one place and have now spent a long time in another.

      As someone who’s no foreigner to language, I’ll add that forest has a good etymology, one that I was happy to write about in the early days of my Spanish-English blog:


      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2012 at 7:13 AM

  3. Well, Stven, It’s even hotter today! These are days I just stay inside with the a/c and try not to move around much in order to survive! There is not a breath of air anywhere! It’s the humidity and the air pollution that makes you feel the heat so much around here.


    July 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    • It seems that this summer Texas has extended its boundaries pretty far north and east, bringing some of you temperatures and humidity that are normal here in July. We’re used to it, but I gather you aren’t.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

  4. I like a place like this, and colours like this. Nice.


    July 18, 2012 at 2:20 PM

  5. It’s still brutally hot here Steve with no relief in sight. Although your today’s photo does have a cooling effect!


    July 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    • You and Snowbirdpress above seem to be experiencing the same conditions and having the same reaction. One bit of advice a Texan photographer can offer is to go out and take pictures in the morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

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