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January-February 2016

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The Berkshires – Highlands of Inspiration

Although all four seasons in the Berkshires present visitors and residents with unique vistas and weather conditions, fall is perhaps the most pleasant and visually captivating time to travel through this rolling landscape. Country roads crisscross the Berkshires, allowing any number of opportunities to explore the region, from a half-hour walk to a multiweek journey, under typically cloudless, powder-blue skies, with dry air in the 50s and 60s. The color and texture of the landscape represents the greatest allure of the Berkshires in fall, however. Verdant green, dense crimson, and fiery yellow leaves shimmer in gentle breezes. A rainbow of colors dots winding country roads as peripheral stands of trees lose their foliage. Vistas open broadly at turnouts and the summits of local hills and mountains, while the greatest, most open views appear to those who venture to climb higher in the densely forested Berkshires.       

ED DARACK is an independent author and photographer. Visit his website at www.darack.com.       

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