Pictures of High Valley
The pictures below show just some aspects of High Valley, including some of its history, its spaces, and highlights like 2007's spring of the blossoms.
This view of the catalpa, between barn and lake, was taken in 2007. It was probably planted only about 40 years ago, but it obviously has flourished with its roots in the lake's water.
It didn't blossom quite so profusely this year, but the blossoms lasted until July. It blossoms in mid-June.
This crabapple tree was planted by Julian, up against the barn. It didn't blossom quite so profusely this year. It blossoms in May.
These apple blossoms were on the tree leading down to the labyrinth. they also blossom in May.
The labyrinth was built by a group of us, somewhat experimentally. We used field stones most of which I gathered from falling down stone walls. People also brought their own favorite stones. It was modeled on the Cretan pattern, so it probably goes back to Minoan times.
Then David began to plant it, placing flowers and interesting plants in pleasing places in the interstices
This view of the High Valley lake was taken in summer, probably in 2006.
The warm days of summer bring out the people, in the shade, in the sun, and in the lake.
This is our gathering room, the place where we often begin our celebrations, when the weather is not so benign, or if the event takes place after dark. We also call it "The Outer Room."
This is the Inner Room, sometimes AKA the inner sanctum, but in this case during a sunny day in winter.
This shows a view of the Big Barn from the left of the barn door. We occasionally use this space for the outside part of celebrations when the weather is too inhospitable for activities outside.
We held Beltane here this year, and the year before last, when rain threatened. It actually fell in buckets in 2006.
This is a view of the same Big Barn space from the right of the barn door. Notice the huge beams; this barn was built more than 200 years ago, and still stands as solidly as it did then.
We have also used this space for other events in the summer, such as a "Juke Joint" we held two years ago. Our resident drummer uses it for practice space in warm weather.
These two pictures are of Olga, the Matriarch of High Valley. She celebrated her 95th not many months after these pictures. She is now no longer living at High Valley: care costs were high and counter-productive. She's now in a home across the river, and thriving at age 97.
High Valley in 1949! In the autumn, obviously.
This was taken by a friend; he found it in his collection and sent it to me. Note how many fewer trees there were back then. In fact it was taken from the hill that is now covered in falling down pine and growing maple forest.
Still, by 1949 the lake was fully established, so it must have been built in 1946 or '47. Note the small sailboat pulled up on the beach; that was Julian's.
Note: other pictures will be added as I'm able to process them into web format.
The cover picture was taken by me in late April 2008 and the Grandmother Oak along the side panel was taken by David in Fall 2007. The oak is one of our hidden wonders.