One of the special attributes of this area is a quantity of granite and a history of quarrying. The landscape is dotted with ponds from old quarry operations. Some few carry on the tradition of stone working, although not nearly on the scale that it once was.

The Quarryfest happened again this year after a pandemic hiatus. It’s at the Granite Garden Gallery, a place run by Obadiah Buell. This is the second time I’ve been there and the surroundings are so striking. I always take lots of photos, but it’s impossible to capture the magical atmosphere. There is a trail around the quarry, so interesting to walk. I want to come back in the winter! And there are granite sculptures everywhere, some finely finished and polished, others utilitarian (a ping-pong table!), and some just made from sheer exuberant piling and balancing of chunks of granite, large and small.

A view of the party crowd across the quarry
Peaceful assemblage of rocks reflected in the water.
Old-time map of the many quarry locations. I live on the other side of the bridge visible at the bottom, in the blank area.
Path made from rounds of a tree trunk
Reflections of the forest in the quarry
The library, one of the many cunning outbuildings at the Granite Garden
A surprise visitor who really entertained the crowd
Granite sculpture overlooking distant hills
Another view of the granite sculpture
Sunset behind the pines
Granite sculpture at sunset

6 Responses

  1. granite. thank you so so much for all these photographs….again..you have such a beauty Full state….

  2. Liz A says:

    the water looks so still … and the air so very clear

  3. jude says:

    rock, celebrating rock.
    this was great

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