Each September members of the Springfield Naturalists’ Club have a weekend nature retreat at the Stump Sprouts Lodge in Hawley, Mass. It is a thriving cross-country ski area in the winter and offers beautiful scenery and rustic accommodations in the other seasons.

The grounds and trails offer many nature photo opportunities and we also use the lodge as a base to visit nearby state forests and other areas. The lodge faces east and the mornings offers superb views of the sunrise sky. At some point I will need to do a gallery of all of the mornings I have experienced there, but for now enjoy this small selection of experiences from this fantastic place.

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