Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My World, Watery Wednesday and SkyWatch Friday

Sky Watch Friday

Great Hall Meeting Room
Turners Falls, Massachusetts
taken end of April, 2010

Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center and learn about the Connecticut River Watershed's rich natural, cultural and industrial history.
The Center is fully accessible and is housed within a complex of old mill buildings and includes open habitat exhibits, fish tanks, and a multipurpose program room.
Exhibits highlight various habitats found in the watershed, timelines put perspective on today's view of the threats to habitats and what we can do to safeguard them.
The four-acre park that surrounds The Center has butterfly gardens, native plantings views of the canal and river as well as safe play areas. This park is linked to a railtrail that runs from Turners Falls to Deerfield, a walking tour through downtown Turners Falls, and the watchable wildlife areas of Barton's cove and along the canal.

Just a short walk from the discovery center is the Gill-Montague Bridge with way too much traffic and way too many structural problems to be photogenic, but the view of the Connecticut is really glorious on a bright, clear day.


 Looking over toward Unity Park 

It was a beautiful day in the Happy Valley!


the old railway bridge portion of the four-mile bike trail in our town
(taken on April 23, 2010)


12 comments:

  1. The Discovery Center is awesome. Dad and I stopped in there together about a year ago; it was my first time. I think it's great that they had the funding to set up such an elaborate little local museum, free of charge. There's also that big room in the back where they exhibit nature photography, which is the best part! Have you been inside at all? I imagine the answer is yes.

    Anyway, cool photos. I like the second and the last.

    -U

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  2. fabulous photos. the bike trail is beautiful.

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  3. Particularly like the bridge pic.

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  4. That's a bike trail? The iron tresses are spooky. LOL
    Beautiful lake.

    We went birding last week...today's post for my blog is all kinds of coastal bird photos. Do take a side trip over to my place if you can find some time to view many waterfowl.

    COASTAL BIRDING

    Have a super day my friend.

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  5. love the portrait shot of sky & river!

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  6. That first is such a charming shot. All are beautiful.

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  7. Looks like a lovely place to spend an afternoon! ~karen

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  8. Everything looks so pristine when the trees first leaf out and the grass begins to grow. Blue skies and fluffy white clouds add to the illusion of perfection. Well, it is certainly close enough to perfect to make me happy!

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  9. Green grass, blue sky, new leaves, fluffy white clouds: very close to perfection! The discovery centre is icing on the cake and a place I would very much enjoy visiting.

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  10. I read this post and got distracted by it without commenting. You led me on one of those web meanders into my family's past. Both my parents had roots in the Connecticut River Valley, my mother's Nims ancestors started out in Deerfield. I always enjoy learning more about the area.

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