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19 PASTORAL UPRISING

MT. HOLYOKE RANGE & J.A. SKINNER STATE PARKS, MASSACHUSETTS

DAYLIGHT IS BEGINNING to burn off the morning fog, opening the views beyond the oxbow below and into the Berkshires and Vermont. Here, in western Mass, where valleys slope down to the Connecticut

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