I’m joining Robin at Breezes at Dawn for her annual Walktober post. I was surprised to note this is my 8th Walktober! Wow, time flies!
Anyone is welcome to join in, just write your post and leave a comment or pingback to the above link. From her site, she writes, “…you do not have to walk. Most of us do, but there might be some reason you are unable to walk. Or you might prefer a drive or a bicycle ride. Maybe you want to cruise along on your longboard or paddle out on a kayak. Whatever your means of locomotion and/or transportation, you are welcome to join in. The dates for participation are October 3-18th. If you need more time, let me know.”
This year, I chose to visit Julian’s Bower in Shutesbury, MA. Julian Janowitz, who died just a year ago (June 5, 1929 – Oct, 22, 2019), bought the property in 1976, built a Japanese-influenced house next to the pond, and over the next 40 years created trails, boardwalks and numerous indoor and outdoor sculptures that grace the landscape. In addition to the link above, here is another newspaper article, both were written when he was still alive and had recently designated the property to be preserved through Kestral Land Trust.
It was a beautiful autumn day in the 60s(F) (18C), with a few puffy clouds drifting overhead. If I’d not been shown where this gem was by my son and his partner, I’d probably have not found it. What a hidden delight it turned out to be. Over a hundred acres of pond, bog, woods and nature trails which culminate at the top of a boulder strewn, forested hillside with a view extending 65 miles west to the Berkshire Mountains.
As the trail winds through the woods at the edge of the pond and bog, occasionally you come upon a laminated poem written by Julian, attached to a tree or stake. Here are a few:
The trail comes to a glacial cobble just beyond this boulder, where remarkably, Julian created steps out of massive stones to ascend the hillside where a sweeping view of the pond and out to the foothills awaits the climber. If you look closely, you can see the circular, white glass sculpture at the far edge of the pond.
Below are some of the illuminated glass sculptures, which surround the house (now privately owned, separate from the trust land). Visitors are asked to be respectful when viewing the artworks. It must be wonderful to see them at night all lit up.
A wide diversity of plants and animals make their home here. I saw frogs, salamanders, ravens, hawks, geese and a beaver dam. Moose are frequently seen here as well. Remarkably, I noted few invasive plant species, which plague so much of the land around us these days.
Thanks for joining me for this year’s Walktober. I encourage you to click Robin’s link above to see other bloggers’ Walktober posts and add your own if you are so inclined.