09.12.2011 Wahconah Falls after the storms

After Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene and the better part of last week seeing steady rainfall, I thought Wahconah Falls was worth a visit.  The trip out there along Route 9 saw many streams running pretty high.  The Mill River in the Northampton/ Haydenville/Williamsburg area had been incredibly high, but was now receded a bit although still running quite strong.  We in Western Massachusetts were very fortunate not to see as much devastation as Vermont and Eastern New York, but many areas did see a lot of damage.

Here is a shot from this past May of the falls in low flow.

And this is what is running over Wahconah Falls now.

Last May of 2010, I found low water again a bit upstream in Wahconah Falls Brook.

The water had a bit of a different feel to it on my return visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve only seen this much water there during the Spring melt-off, so this was unusual.  But a Hurricane through the Northeast as we just experienced is unusual and we hope not to see one again for a long time.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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19 Responses to 09.12.2011 Wahconah Falls after the storms

  1. Steve, the small images do not do themselves justice. The bigger images are superb – wonder luminosity to them and the detail is excellent.

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  2. Greg Russell says:

    This is a lovely set of images, Steve! I like these quite a lot. As Andrew said, the luminosity really sends these over the top…

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  3. Thank you both, Andrew and Greg. I appreciate your looking and commenting. I think I am going to have to upload larger images. These are too small.

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  4. jameshuntphotography says:

    Stunning set of images Stephen. Also great environmental photojournalism as well. We are very lucky.

    On another note. Congratulations. I was looking at my new copy of Northern Woodlands today and admiring the cover. Looked for more info inside and saw that this was your image. Well done!

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  5. Sometimes on our river here in Northeastern California a rain storm turns the water brown and it seems less photogenic, but you have proven that line of thought completely mistaken with your beautiful brown water images. I like the multicolored effects in the various water falls.

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    • Thanks David. Some of the coloration is from mud washed into the brook but much of the brown color comes from tannins in the water. While a nice silky white cascade is always lovely, a little added color is a nice change from the expected. Another product of the water’s action is foam and that is something I really don’t care for in my images, whether a large ball or small bubbles, although occasionally the bubbles do lend a nice little trail in the water as in the second image..
      Thanks for taking a look and leaving a comment. It’s always appreciated.

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  6. Really great set of images you got! Third one down is the pick of the bunch for me! Regards, Roberto.

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    • Thanks Roberto. The third is one of my favorites too….I like the green water a lot and am glad it appeals to you as well.
      You have quite a nice collection of landscape shots on your site.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Beautiful work. You’ve really nailed this falls. I really like the DOF of number 2, but they are all fantastic. I love the ability to revisit the same place multiple times to take advantage of the changing conditions as well as an opportunity to learn from prior visits. Well done!

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    • Thanks Frank. I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for taking a look.
      I sometimes chastise myself for not visiting more places rather than the same so often, but they do change each time and, yes, it is very rewarding to see the variations.

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  8. Thanks for the feedback on my blog, yes it is a great location. Yours is not bad aether 😉 The first and the third image are my favorite!

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  11. Jim in IA says:

    I would re-visit that place often if it was near me. Of course, we have our own here in IA.

    Beautiful photos.

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