Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains, 2


The Berkshire Mountains contain the tallest peak in Western Massachusetts. Mount Greylock is  3,491 feet high, nestled into the surrounding Berkshires. By the standards of really mountainous states — Colorado, for openers, or Washington — that’s not such a much. But when it comes to beauty, they take a back seat to none.

In Greek myth, the face of Medusa, the Gorgon, was so fearsome that to look upon it was to be turned into stone. The hero Perseus managed to conquer her by using a mirror to guide his sword when he cut off her head. In a total turnabout, the beauty of the Berkshires is such that it paralyzed my camera when I turned it head on. But I was (more or less) successful in capturing that beauty reflected in the window walls of the new Tadao Ando-designed Stone Center at the Clark Art Institute, a worthy mirror for a wonderful landscape.

Somehow the comments on this post got diverted to Mirror of the Mountains, the enlargement (by clicking) of this photo — Here they are:

Mayfielder says:

  1. Clever use of the reflection.

    • I couldn’t help it — as Frank says above (or below?), Ando designs so that happens —
      His work is incredible. I just hope I live long enough to see the water feature (so characteristic of his work) actually completed. It will be a huge reflecting pool that becomes a skating rink in winter –
      This all is taking a L-O-O-O-N-G time!
      Thanks so much for coming by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it, coming from such a terrific and imaginative photographer.

  2. fb says:

    Tadao Ando’s architecture is superb at the Clark’ Stone Center, and you have captured his nuanced touches which includes the landscape in his designs, even using windows to do so. In a year or two we will have the opportunity to see his dramatic water feature to be part of the new Clark Art Institute campus. One of the world’s best architects is at work here.

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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains, 2

  1. pauline says:

    Now that is one very cool photo. It looks like a watercolor! You have a very good eye for that sort of thing. I’m very impressed!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Now, thanks much, Pauline. I have no feeling at all for watercolors in practice (I know you do), so it’s especially nice to think of achieving a watercolor effect with the camera.

  2. Really beautiful interpretation! I love the idea of taking a photo of the reflection instead of the mountains themselves. Great capture.


  3. Stef says:

    Interesting parallels between the intense power of extreme ugliness *and* beauty. A double-commentary (as is the case with so many of your posts…).

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I didn’t consciously think about this — but the unconscious (subconscious?) was obviously hard at work.
      Your comment has started me thinking —
      Thanks, Stef.

  4. I love reflection/mirror photos like this! Lovely!

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