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A different shot from the ones i use topost.
This picture have been taken from the bridge of flowers.

'The bridge was originally constructed in 1908 to carry trolley tracks 400 feet across the Deerfield River. When trolley service ended in 1928, the bridge was neglected and soon became an eyesore.
In 1929, the bridge was purchased by the Shelburne Falls Fire District, since it carried water mains across the river and, at the impetus of town residents Walter Burnham and his wife, a fundraising drive was launched to turn the bridge into a beautiful garden pathway. A local businesswoman and Woman's Club member, Gertrude Newall, was named the bridge's first "gardener," a post she held for 30 years.

In 1983, the bridge underwent a massive half-million-dollar renovation to ensure its continued longevity. All plants were removed from the bridge during the renovations, and, in 1984, the bridge reopened to the public, newly designed by Shelburne Falls horticulturalist Carrolle Markle. The design still features Wisteria vines that were kept growing during the reconstruction by members of the volunteer Bridge of Flowers Committee and returned to their original spots on the bridge.
Today, the Bridge of Flowers is maintained by a paid gardener and assistant and volunteers from the Committee and the Woman's Club. More than 20,000 people stroll its blooming expanse each year, and care is taken to ensure that from the time the tulips pop up in April until the mums mark the end of New England's fall flowering season that something spectacular is always in bloom.''

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