Morgan Bulkeley, Sr. is one of the Berkshires' greatest treasures. During the 1960s and 1970s, his "My Berkshires" column in the Berkshire Eagle animated the land, people, history and ecology of this special place with the keen eye of the naturalist and the sensitivity of a writer who studied with Robert Frost. In 2004, the cream of more than 750 of these articles was lovingly edited by another great local writer Jon Swan and illustrated by local artist Morgan Bulkeley, Jr. Published as Berkshire Stories, it abounds in exquisite story-telling and fascinating details about the history, nature, people and conservation of our region.
"Have you ever held a spark of life in your palm? One ten-year old boy will never forget it. He was plying a butterfly net about the honey-suckled lattice of the summer cottage when all at once he had 'the tiny, pulsing, burnished green-gold gem' that is a ruby-throated hummingbird. He rushed to show it to the one who had given him his own spark. Little fingers opened gingerly, and the mystery, held for a moment, vanished into summer air, gone but not forgotten..."
I highly recommend you purchase a copy. This blog can only aspire to write as evocatively about the topics that Bulkeley so masterfully reveals.