03.13.2016 Under Quabbin

I made this image in 2012 while standing near Goodnough Dike, one of two dams that created the Quabbin Reservoir.  For those who haven’t read it here or elsewhere, four towns were disincorporated (Enfield, Greenwich, Prescott and Dana) and flooded in the late 1930’s to make a water supply for Boston’s growing  needs.  Most of the buildings and other structures were either demolished or taken apart for reuse, cemeteries were moved and most everything cleared ahead of the flooding. 

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However, not all was removed and this film explores the depths to see what remains. It’s a PBS feature from 2001 and is fascinating.  It’s almost an hour long, so gather a drink and some snacks if you are interested in watching.

http://player.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365046325

This could not happen today (at least I’d like to think that) but, putting the unfortunate fates of the townspeople aside, it is a wonderful place to explore and appreciate wildlife, plants and landscapes.

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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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13 Responses to 03.13.2016 Under Quabbin

  1. Interesting story. I went to the Quabbin reservoir recently and it was beautiful there.

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  2. Governments in this country were big into dam-building in the 1930s.

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  3. Beautiful scenery in this photo. But one has to think about what was destroyed in order create the lake, Many folks displaced and I’m sure there must have been quite a number of very old or historic homes and buildings that were lost. I still have not figured out why ocean water can’t be de-salined for human consumption and usage.

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    • There were a lot of structures destroyed, Yvonne. But there were also many homes that were literally dismantled board by numbered board and reconstructed elsewhere. One such home is in the center of Amherst and the owner purchased a picture from me of a scene where the house had been originally…now all you can see are trees.

      Many others were recycled as building materials for homes although they were not rebuilt as original structures.

      I am sure water could be desalinated but for whatever reason, municipalities have resisted.

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  4. Oh yes. I like that shot from 2012. It has a real sense of quiet about it. Beautiful.

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