Natural History of the Berkshires

The Berkshires – a secluded paradise filled with rolling hills, scenic overlooks, mansions (referred to as “cottages” around here) reminiscent of an earlier era, and rich with a vibrant cultural life. Visit our wonderful region in person, or from the comfort of your armchair with one of these beautiful literary excursions.

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Wildflowers of the Berkshire and Taconic Hills

by Joseph G. Strauch
This book illustrates in full-color photographs 167 of the area’s most beautiful and abundant wildflowers. They are arranged by color and season of bloom for easy identification. The text describes the characteristics of each plant and gives information on habitats, specific locations where the plant can be found, and folklore and uses. Help in identifying dozens of other species similar to those illustrated is also provided. Also featured are 32 pages of photographs, maps of the area covered, and a glossary of technical terms.

Beyond Your Doorstep: A Handbook to the Country

by Hal Borland
“This is primarily a book about the outdoors, the natural world,” writes Hal Borland. “It is primarily about the countryside, not the wilderness; countrysides are common and within reach of almost everyone.” In fact, Borland’s countrysides are still just beyond your own doorstep, where meadow, woods, riverbank and roadside wait, each of them filled with everyday wonders.

Exploring the Berkshire Hills: A Guide to Geology and Early Industry in the Upper Housatonic Watershed

by Ed Kirby
By integrating history with all aspects of geology, this book is a fascinating read that brings the geology of the Upper Housatonic Valley to life. From once high mountains to rolling hills, the Ice Age to the arrival of the first people, and the age when iron was king, Exploring the Berkshire Hills is the indispensable guide to the geology and early industrial history of the scenic Upper Housatonic Watershed.

Berkshire Fields: Flower with History

by Bernard A. Drew
Berkshire Historian Bernard A. Drew describes ways the inhabitants have explored, survived, harvested, nurtured, abandoned and protected western Massachusetts lands.

The Berkshires

by Stephen G. Donaldson
Raised in England and transplanted to the Berkshires, Donaldson still sees England’s Midlands and Cotswolds regions in his mind’s eye when he looks out over the undulating landscape of western Massachusetts. Gorgeous color work, with some of his best black-and-whites sprinkled in, makes this book of Berskhire landscapes and townscapes the finest currently available, or imaginable.

The Berkshires (2nd Ed.)

by Stephen G. Donaldson
Raised in England and transplanted to the Berkshires, Donaldson still sees England’s Midlands and Cotswolds regions in his mind’s eye when he looks out over the undulating landscape of western Massachusetts. Gorgeous color work, with some of his best black-and-whites sprinkled in, makes this book of Berskhire landscapes and townscapes the finest currently available, or imaginable. This brand-new edition features forty more photographs.

Along Route 7: A Journey Through Western New England

by Stephen G. Donaldson
Over 300 miles of eye-catching scenery along scenic Route 7 has been captured in more than 330 stunning color photos. This visual story reveals the broad scope of activities to see and experience along one of America’s most storied roadways. Travel through Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, lingering over the sites in Norwalk, Danbury, Lime Rock, Ashley Falls, Great Barrington, Lenox, Williamstown, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Wallingford, Burlington, and Highgate Springs.

Barns of the Berkshires

by Stephen G. Donaldson
Explore a rich visual tapestry created by the bucolic countryside of the Berkshire hills and Berkshire County, Massachusetts, through many historic barns that tie the scenery together.