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New England Trail – Massachusetts

President Theodore Roosevelt observed that “The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature is as real a misfortune as the lack of power to take joy in books.”

With that sentiment in mind, I was commissioned in 2016 as a Centennial Artist-in-Residence by the National Park Service (NPS) and its partners – the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest and Park Association – for a year-long project to create an artistic photographic collection of the New England National Scenic Trail in celebration of the NPS’s 100th anniversary.  Also known as the New England Trail or NET, the 235-mile hiking route stretches through 41 communities from the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border to Connecticut’s Long Island Sound.

The Massachusetts portion of the NET showcases the beauty of the state’s varied landscapes from the grand vistas down to the natural detritus on the ground.  Along the way, hikers may encounter colonial-era architecture, quaint villages, and iconic landmarks.  Backpackers can experience the immersive solitude of the region at overnight facilities like the Richardson-Zlogar cabin.

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