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Quabbin Visitor Center renamed in memory of Les and Terry Campbell
06-06-2023 2:19 PM

By Max Bowen

With the Quabbin Reservoir in the background, friends and supporters celebrated a day two years in the making.The Quabbin Reservoir Visitor Center in Belchertown has been renamed the Les and Terry Campbell Quabbin Visitor Center, to honor the two...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner — Allison Smith of Northampton
05-05-2023 4:18 PM

Allison Smith of Northampton submitted this photo of a salad with red bud flowers and a soft boiled egg, which is from her backyard chickens. She calls the dish Red Bud Breakfast and describes it as “a very local meal.”How to enter: @Snap a pic of...

Speaking of Nature: Man vs. squirrel, round 2
02-17-2023 8:29 PM


In last week’s column, I featured the American red squirrel and I shared a photo of one of these rascals solving the puzzle of one of my birdfeeders. “How, do I get those peanuts?” it must have wondered and in relatively short order it managed to get...

Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Janice Doyama, Amherst
02-12-2023 11:56 AM

Janice Doyama of Amherst submitted this photo of “authentic triangular shaped Japanese rice balls called O-musubi,” made by her husband, Yukio. “They are flavored with pickled plums and a seaweed sesame seed condiment,” she said. Yum!How to enter:...

Speaking of Nature: Feeder raiders: How one particularly tenacious red squirrel cracked the code to my birdfeeder
02-07-2023 4:21 PM


Friends, Romans, birders, lend me your ears. I am delighted to say that I am back from a horrible experience with kidney stones. It started off, rather innocently, as a slight pain in my back that I couldn’t quite account for, but as time progressed I...

Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Sarah Pipczynski, Hadley 
02-03-2023 4:48 PM

A beautiful bounty of fresh eggs, sent in by Sarah Pipczynski of Hadley. “These colorful eggs come from several breeds and mixed breeds in my flock, including Americanas, Easter Eggers and Silkies,” she said.How to enter: Snap a pic of something...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Denise Heintze, Easthampton
01-27-2023 3:59 PM

A simple moment of beauty: Denise Heintze of Easthampton took a pause to admire her chioggia beets before cooking them. How to enter: Snap a pic of something delicious-looking and send it with your name, town and a sentence or two to...

Speaking of Nature: The grand deception of the northern mockingbird
01-24-2023 4:03 PM


I have no idea how many photos exist in my personal collection, nor, I am afraid, will I ever know. I can say (definitively) that in the past 6 years I have taken exactly 104,308 photos, but that is where “exact” comes to a close. My records prior to...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Amy Diehl, Northampton
01-20-2023 3:43 PM

Amy Diehl, communications specialist at ServiceNet, sent in this photo from ServiceNet’s Rooster Café of shiitake mushroom and barley soup, made with mushrooms grown locally at Prospect Meadow Farm. She noted, “Both the café and farm are part of...

Speaking of Nature: The yellow birch: A golden surprise in the woods
01-17-2023 3:30 PM


In keeping with my New Years resolution to focus some more attention on the plants that live around us I decided to look for a list that I was convinced must exist somewhere. You see, I am a compulsive list-maker. The blood of a scientist runs through...

Weekly Food Photo Contest: This week’s winner: Peggy Sanders, Northampton
01-13-2023 4:26 PM

Often the best way to appreciate a vegetable’s beauty is by doing nothing to it. Peggy Sanders of Northampton sent in this simple photo and wrote, “When I first saw a romanesco, I was transfixed by the unique shape and chartreuse color. It’s an...

Speaking of Nature: A tale of two sparrows
01-10-2023 3:54 PM


For the past couple weeks I have found myself grumbling during my mornings at the kitchen window.For some reason my yard has become popular with a flock of house sparrows (Passer domesticus) and I am not at all pleased. The house sparrow is an...

Speaking of Nature: 2023 resolutions: Pointing the lens at plants
01-03-2023 4:27 PM


Welcome to 2023! Another calendar has been used, another red journal finished and safely tucked away on a shelf and newness has taken over. I place a brand new desk blotter calendar on my office desk, I unwrap a brand new red journal and begin to...

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