Here’s one from last May. I usually process my images fairly straight with just some contrast and sharpening. I went just whisker further with this.
Sweet dreams, friends.
I visited one of my regular haunts again yesterday-the old Orange-Millington Road also known as Gate 30 in New Salem. An iconic old stone keystone bridge crosses the Middle Branch of the Swift River just a short walk in from the road and I posted an image a while back seen here. It’s an amazing structure hand built by one man many decades past. Here is another view, very similar, but from midstream, the fallen tree has been removed and in slightly warmer conditions….although my feet were cold as I discovered my boots leak.This bridge has been photographed numerous times by pretty much every photographer who has been here, I imagine. I will probably shoot it a few more times myself in other seasons….and with even more water flowing….we’ve not had much rain in quite a while.
Posted in Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Quabbin, Water, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Adolphus Porter's Bridge, cascades, Gate 30, intimate landscape, Keystone Bridge, landscape, Massachusetts, Middle Branch of the Swift River, New England, New Salem, Orange-Millington Road, Quabbin, stone bridge, water, western massachusetts
Here’s a little frosty foliage…brown is a color too.
Posted in Abstract, Autumn Color, Closeup Photography, Fall Foliage, macro photography, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature
Tagged abstract, Fall Foliage, frost, frosty foliage, frosty leaves
AKA Gate 37 in the North Quabbin, Monson Turnpike Road disappears into the reservoir and reappears to the South…or maybe it is the other way around. It is a nice short hike to the water and on this trip (October 11th) I saw tracks in the mud of both moose and bear. Deer too. The day was a bit dreary although there was a nice fog floating around over the water.Oh yeah, this is about the road in. Well, I’m not much of a travelogue writer, but I can say that it is a peaceful old road with some open settled spots sporting large trees lining the way. Eventually the houses thin and as you reach the gate there are just trees. Once inside the gate and on foot, the hike is pleasant along an old dirt road that sees only state vehicles that maintain the land. For anyone who is not familiar, the Quabbin watershed was harnessed about 75 years ago to create a water source for Boston and a few other communities….the Quabbin Reservoir. It has been called the accidental wilderness but it is not really wild despite the growing population of moose and presence of other animals. The forest is managed for both control of the water source and for tree harvesting as a secondary effect. To create the reservoir, four towns were flooded and people were forced to give up their homes for a pittance. Anyway, there is a wealth of information available and much if not all are a better read than what I can put together here. But you get the idea.
So here is an image of a nice walk in the woods.
Posted in Autumn Color, Fall Foliage, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Nature Photography, Quabbin, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Fall Foliage, Gate 37, intimate landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, Monson Turnpike Road, New England, North Quabbin, Quabbin, western massachusetts
Posted in Black and White, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Water, Waterfalls, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Black and White photography, cascade, Dean Brook, intimate landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, New England, Shutesbury, waterfall, western massachusetts
This caught my eye as I was driving through Quabbin Park on Saturday morning. One of the things I look for is a complicated composition that can be made more simple by selection. I think I did that here. This scene is a couple of hundred feet into a wooded area along the roadside so there was a lot of landscape to see on both sides and in the foreground but the colors attracted me along with the birch trunks and I thought it was a nice bouquet the Quabbin was offering up to those who would see it.This is slightly uphill and required me to stand on an old stonewall with the tripod extended quite high to get over the top of some foreground growth. Another example of a tall tripod offering value. It was also a bit breezy, but as this was a little deep into the woods it was somewhat protected from the breeze. I wish that little bit of sky on the upper left wasn’t there but what can you do?
Speaking of my tripod, I went to a presentation at Hunt’s on Saturday afternoon. One of the speakers brought his tripod, a Gitzo like mine, but when fully extended it was probably a good foot taller than mine.
Posted in Autumn Color, Fall Foliage, Intimate Landscape, Landscape, Quabbin, Western Massachusetts
Tagged Fall Foliage, intimate landscape, landscape, Massachusetts, New England, Quabbin, western massachusetts