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Fall River in Otis, MA © Geoffrey Coelho

Take 5: Babbling Brooks

While any amount of time spent in nature has been shown to boost your mood, reduce stress levels, and improve overall health and wellbeing, there is something particularly soothing about the gentle, continuous babbling of a forest stream. Close your eyes and picture a quiet spot in the woods somewhere, with moss-covered rocks and warm sunlight filtering down through the canopy, dappling the water and leaf litter with a haphazard checkerboard of verdant light.

Getting outside to enjoy special places like these can be challenging right now, so here are five gorgeous photos of babbling brooks from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest for you to enjoy. We hope that imagining yourself in the gentle repose of these scenes will bring you a moment of peace, serenity, and clarity.

Fall River in Otis, MA © Geoffrey Coelho
Fall River in Otis, MA © Geoffrey Coelho
Waterfall over mossy rocks at Mount Everett State Reservation, South Egremont, MA © Rebekah Ford
Waterfall over mossy rocks at Mount Everett State Reservation, South Egremont, MA © Rebekah Ford
Wahconah Falls in Dalton, MA © JG Coleman
Wahconah Falls in Dalton, MA © JG Coleman
Doane's Falls, Royalston, MA © Trevor Meunier
Doane’s Falls, Royalston, MA © Trevor Meunier
A hidden waterfall in Colrain, MA © Vivien Venskowski
A hidden waterfall in Colrain, MA © Vivien Venskowski
Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA © Kirsta Davey

Take 5: Winter Landscapes

With our first major statewide snowstorm behind us, winter has certainly arrived in Massachusetts. The shoveling, snow blowing, and slippery driving conditions may not be ideal, but there’s nothing like a fresh blanket of snow to bring out the beauty of nature in winter.

In that spirit, here are five gorgeous winter landscapes from our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. The 2019 photo contest winners will be announced very soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Update: Check out the winners here >

DelCarte Conservation Area, Franklin, MA © Art Donahue
DelCarte Conservation Area, Franklin, MA © Art Donahue
Sunset on the Charles River, Newton, MA © Barry Hass
Sunset on the Charles River, Newton, MA © Barry Hass
Near Farrar Pond, Lincoln, MA © Lynn DeLisi
Near Farrar Pond, Lincoln, MA © Lynn DeLisi
The Esplanade, Boston, MA © Sylvia Zarco
The Esplanade, Boston, MA © Sylvia Zarco
Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA © Kirsta Davey
Gibbet Hill, Groton, MA © Kirsta Davey
© Lucy Allen

Take 5: Simply Sunbeams

Incredible wildlife shots and curiously textured mushrooms certainly make for amazing images, but sometimes great nature photography is as simple as capturing an interesting bend of the light.

This week, we are featuring photographs from our Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest that highlight the beauty of “crepuscular rays”, commonly known as sunbeams. This optical phenomenon occurs when sunlight shines through openings in the clouds or forest canopy, creating columns of brightly lit air molecules or particulates. Interestingly, these rays are actually parallel to one another but can appear to radiate outward from the sun’s location in the sky because of linear perspective—the same visual illusion that makes railroad tracks appear to converge in the distance.

Enjoy these five beautiful images and be sure to submit your own gorgeous landscape photography to the photo contest!

© Robin Palazzolo
© Robin Palazzolo
© Lucy Allen
© Lucy Allen
© Kay Ficht
© Kay Ficht
© Chad Parmet
© Chad Parmet
© Rod Parker
© Rod Parker
Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre

Take 5: Beautiful Beach Sunsets

July is here…and it’s HOT! Lots of folks like to cool off by heading to the beach when summer temperatures soar. With “beach season” now in full swing, here are five gorgeous beach sunsets (or sunrises) to get you geared up for that beach life.

These photos were all submitted to our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. Do you have a beautiful landscape photo you’d like to share? The 2018 contest is open now, so submit your nature photographs today!

Beach Scene © Kimberly Nyce

Beach Scene © Kimberly Nyce

Beach Scene © Alison Borrelli

Beach Scene © Alison Borrelli

Beach Scene © Sylvia Zarco

Beach Scene © Sylvia Zarco

Beach Scene © Emily Zollo

Beach Scene © Emily Zollo

Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre

Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre