PHOTO JOURNEYS: Auburn Love from New England

An inspiration from Regent’s Park, London

The inspiration for this post arose a few days ago when I couldn’t help but notice that autumn has graced London. The wet and drip of this British weather though has very much downplayed the beauty of its autumn leaves.

Therefore, this week ,Photo Journeys begin not with England, but New England – the beloved Northeastern region of the States to which I’m so attached. I was thrilled 2 hours ago when I found out that my alma-mater – Mount Holyoke College, topped the rank for the best campus to be on during autumn.

Call me biased, but our campus is undoubtedly one of the most splendid in the States (proven by Princeton Review, mind you). The first women’s college in the country, MtHolyoke is smack-dabbed in the middle of a small town called South Hadley (I lovingly/hatefully call “Shadley” for its cold, long winters) in Western Massachusetts.

And yet, you cannot speak of New England in general and our school in particular, without mentioning the gorgeous autumns – what I miss most from my 4 years there. The crisp air, auburn shades, reflections upon silent waters, and the infinite serenity that engulfs you on a stroll around the many lakes and back routes of the campus. Most of the photos here, which I took back in 2008, are of the back routes out and about MHC, I figure the more iconic ones with the buildings are readily available online. Without further ado, here is the Photo Journey series revisiting Mount Holyoke in Fall Shades! Enjoy ❤

Part of the Upper Lake, on a back route that creates a little forest semi-encircling the campus
Mohos (as the colloquial term goes for students) are known for having one of the biggest equestrian facilities in the country, the route that meanders along Upper Lake, through the woods, will lead you to meet the lovely horses on campus
Lower Lake is the more apparent of lakes on campus, sitting right across from the campus center, it shines the most in autumn
This white goose owns the Lower Lake, literally. He has been named everything you could think of, Alberta, Danny, Roberto, Alejandro ….my friends and I call him Ronaldo. Don’t let his elegant stride across the water fool you, the clamorous horn-beaked beast is unleashed once onto the bank, especially if you have food in hand, or if you go near any one of his ‘bitches’ – the familiar black and beige Canadian geese.
This is a little outside of Mount Holyoke, up on a mountain overlooking the Connecticut River, this is what New England autumns are all about!
And here’s me, 4 years ago! 🙂