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In October 1987 a friend and I took a trip to New England to see the Fall colors. We rented a car in Massachusetts and drove up Vermont and down New Hampshire, staying in B&B’s all the way. All of the pictures that I took were on film, and the snapshots have been in a scrapbook for 22 years — except for this one, which I blew up and had framed because it was my favorite.

Just recently, I ran across the scrapbook and found all of my negatives, neatly stored in their individual envelopes, so today I went to CVS and had all of my New England pictures put onto a CD. Not all of them are suitable for sharing on redbubble, but, as I go through them I will be posting quite a few.

This one was taken on the grounds of the estate of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the celebrated sculptor, in Cornish, NH, technically in his back yard. There is something about this lane running between two rows of birch trees that draws me to the light in the clearing at the end. I do not know what awaits there, but it looks like a lovely place to be.

Here is a snapshot of the framed picture that hangs on my bedroom wall. I still love it as much as the day I snapped the shutter on my camera.

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  • GrumpyDog
    GrumpyDogover 5 years ago

    Very nice, nothing else like the sound of their leaves rustling in the wind.

  • Thank you very much … so glad you like it.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • GrumpyDog
    GrumpyDogover 5 years ago

    You’re welcome, I believe we call them Aspens out here in the West, I love to go hiking in the groves.

  • Kermit, thank you for bringing this up. I was a little worried, because I did not want
    to have to change the name of my picture to Aspen Walk or to leave the trees incorrectly identified. I just did some googling, and learned that aspen and birch, though amazingly similar in appearance, are two different trees. Since the paper birch is the state tree of New Hampshire, I feel safe in assuming that one of my favorite pictures is properly named. Whew. I am very happy that the question was raised, giving me the opportunity to learn something new and to provide a little more background for the viewers of this picture.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    Real fine capture Ginny. Beautiful shot of a wonderful scene.

  • Thanks, Jim. I’ve always felt there was something spiritual about the glow in the clearing at the end of this pathway.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinsonover 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much!

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • RRoca
    RRocaover 5 years ago

    The technology of today to transform a 35mm negative into a CD is amazing to me. Beautiful capture and wonderful that you have it hanging on your bedroom wall. Congratulations on your feature!!!

  • Thank you. The moment of snapping this picture, and the memory of strolling the grounds of that amazing place, are still fresh in my mind 22 years later. You’re in NY, and it’s almost October … if you think about a fall foliage expedition of your own, don’t leave out Cornish, NH.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • GrumpyDog
    GrumpyDogover 5 years ago

    I would ask an arborists if there is actually a difference, maybe it depends what part of the country to are from. When I lived back East we called them Birch, now I live in Arizona where people call them Aspens, is there a difference in the species I don’t know.

  • Actually, I really need to hook up with a good arborist for a dying jacaranda in my front yard. As far as aspen/birch are concerned, at first look I was thought they must be the same tree. However, Wikipedia says that birch is the name of trees of the genus Betula in the family Betulaceae, closely related to the beech/oak family Fagaceae … and aspen is a common name for trees of the Salicaceae family, including the Populus genus, including populus adenopoda, populus grandidentata, and populus tremuloides. I don’t know how closely these families are related, because they sure look alike to me.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • GrumpyDog
    GrumpyDogover 5 years ago

    Hey, good to know I have always wondered but forget to look it up.

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    gorgeous view, congrats on your feature

  • Thanks very much. The picture has been a favorite of mine for two decades, and am happy now to have an opportunity to share it.

    – Ginny Schmidt

  • sabra1
    sabra1about 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I feel as though I was there.

  • artsthrufotos
    artsthrufotosabout 5 years ago

    lovely and i enjoy your notes on your creations

  • Thank you so much.

    – Ginny Schmidt

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