Freshly plowed field along the Connecticut River
To the right of the field is the dike that protects Hadley from high water. The river is beyond it, and the row of trees on the right is across the river in Hatfield.
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Recently repaved and widened, and now scattered with seeds.
Norwottuck Rail Trail bench
The DCR has been adding pullouts with benches, and sometimes additional things (signs, sculptures) along the trail this year.
Leeds Hotel Bridge
The oldest steel bridge in Northampton. Closed since 2004, and in need of some TLC. Until last summer, pedestrians and cyclists could use it; it was closed off by jersey barriers with gaps between them.
Now the bridge is closed off by a grating. It will cost $14,000-20,000 to repair for use by pedestrians and cyclists (patching holes in the deck and putting safer railings on the side). A full restoration would be upwards of $1 million for structural work, and more for painting.
Mill River rapids (River Road, Leeds)
I rode a ways along the Mill River, from Riverside Drive in the Bay State neighborhood of Northampton up to Haydenville. It's a lovely river with clear, laughing water.
Obligatory bicycle photo
Non-canonically photographed from the non-drive side.
A year ago this house looked more or less the same, but I think the windows and doors have been added. The builder clearly isn't in a hurry to finish.
Thinning the trees
There used to be many more trees separating Mountain Street Reservoir from the road.
Mountain Street Reservoir
Though it's in Williamsburg, the reservoir serves Northampton. It's much more visible now that the trees have been cut down.
Northampton Reservoir (Lower)
In the town of Whately, Northampton has a couple more reservoirs. This one is separated from the upper one (to the right of the photo) by a massive dam.
Conway beaver pond
One of my favorite spots on Whately Road in Conway, this pool has been created by beavers (dam on the right). The lodge, in the background on the left, has a small tree growing out of it.
Conway Covered Bridge
Once more open to traffic. I climbed up and over a steep hill to get here.
In the covered bridge
Field Memorial Library, Conway
Massachusetts Scenic Byways
Dozens of such signs have been put up around here in the last couple of weeks. This one is for Route 116; there's another for the Connecticut River. A full map is available from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.