Views of Mount Greylock
Recording the four seasons.
By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 24, 2006
The British philosopher and statesman, Edmund Burke, reduced all of nature to three elements: The beautiful, sublime and picturesque. By his definition, the view from our deck in Adams of Mt. Greylock, the highest point in Massachusetts, is beautiful. It lacks the scale of the Alps or Rockies to qualify as sublime. But for us the constant changes of seasons, days and hours are so special and fascinating that we call it "Our movie." First thing in the morning we step out to the deck to observe the conditions of the day and to see what the mountain is up to. In the the past couple of years I have been keeping a visual diary of these constant changes. They range from mundane and ordinary, dull and overcast, snow covered to the occasional spectacular effects of dramatic conditions of storms or special shadows and light. Mt Greylock have come to mean to me what the "Lily Pond" and "Grain Stack" signified to the French impressionist, Claude Monet, or the Japanese artist, Hiroshige, and his "Thousand Views of Mt. Fuji." A framed grid of these images is now on view in the Visitor's Center in Adams.