Weekly Photo Challenge: MONUMENTAL

If present-day Northampton were to choose its monument, it might well be a bank of solar panels flanked by a long row of recycling bins, with bicycles rampant here and there. But when you actually drive along our main drag, Route 9, your eye will pretty immediately be engaged by two structures from another era entirely!

Castle Northampton

This is our town hall. Granted it’s made of concrete instead of stones and mortar; it still looks a whole lot like a castle wanna-be to me.

Smith's Castle

And here’s the oldest building on the campus of Smith College, poised on a small knoll for maximum effect. Red brick College Gothic, and very handsome it is, too. There’s a big up-to-the-minute science hall right around the corner and down the street, with rooftop gardens and labs of all kinds and every ecological advance built in. But it’s the castle that greets you first —-

We’re a funky town here in Northampton, with a vast variety of inhabitants to match. It would be pleasing to think that we might manage to muster up a couple of knights in armor, along with a damsel in or out of distress and maybe even a dragon or two!

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8 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: MONUMENTAL

  1. Like the photo of Smith College. I’d hang my tresses off the side of that castle, if I had tresses to hang. Great take, Judith.

  2. Stef says:

    I think a monument of solar panels, recycling bins, and bicycles would be one to be incredibly proud of! (And hey, if an artist can make soda pop tabs look beautiful, I’m confident a skilled craftsperson can do the same with those three NH items!) 🙂 [More on the soda pop tab sculpture here: http://rutheh.com/2013/11/05/night-light-on-the-holocaust-sculpture-keeping-tabs/%5D

  3. I will have to go and visit Northampton at some point. The pictures you show of it often offer a feeling of magic.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Thanks, Tara. I guess you could say magic — but it’s very ordinary everyday down-to-earth kind of magic. Funky magic. (That’s pretty funky in itself!)
      Thanks so much for taking time out of book tours and interviews and all that good (and well deserved) stuff to come and visit!

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