04.03.2016 Dean Brook Cascades

Of course you can be sure that if I went to Dean Brook I did not only shoot that tree intimate, I also made some images of the brook.

I’ve been wanting to share this slide cascade for a while, but each time I visit the water is low.  Yesterday it was running pretty good for a change.

Dean-Brook-Cascades-2-040216-960I have never seen it with the full width here covered with water, so I think this may be as heavy a flow as ever…aside from a visit from a hurricane.

As I was leaving, I looked at this from the jutting rock on the left and decided to do something there.  My 24-70 wasn’t quite wide enough so I decided to try the Venus Optics Laowa 15mm macro lens.  I purchased it for full frame closeup shots of flowers but with plenty of background included.  It performs well as a landscape lens.

Dean-Brook-Cascades-040216-960And, finally, a quick iPhone video of spot number one.

Today has been a strange one.  It was snowing at dawn with large flakes coming down gently.  Then the predicted wind picked up and turned into a squall.  While driving back from Quabbin (it was closed for the snow) the squall became a short lived blizzard. Arriving in Amherst, I saw the sky turning blue and the snow was over.  Later it came back and there have been bands of snow squalls in between blue skies. The wind, however, has been with us all day with strong gusts approaching 50 mph.  We’ll see what tomorrow brings.  The call is for more snow.

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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12 Responses to 04.03.2016 Dean Brook Cascades

  1. Jim Ruebush says:

    That’s a good shot of the slide. And the video adds a lot. We have had no snow only sunshine. But the wind yesterday and today has been Fierce with gusts up to 50 like you. You may have more on the way sorry.

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  2. Charlotte says:

    Just beautiful! Made me think of where Bilbo Baggins might live.

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  3. I like the first. Hints of green suggest that your current weather pattern will be short-lived. That’s a really, really, pretty woods.

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    • It is a special place, at least to me. I am glad you appreciate it as well. This brook has provided me with many spots to contemplate and photograph and further upstream is Murphy Falls.
      We shall remain cold until Thursday, it appears, with lows in the teens. I imagine you are seeing similar.

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  4. The first shot absolutely knocks me out. I love how you’ve shown the trees and the rock escarpments with the water pouring forth.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    When I first read the phrase “slide cascade” I thought of photographic slides, and was confused. I’ve never heard “slide” used in that way, even though “rock slide” and “water slide” are famliar. It’s a great example of how we often use words and phrases without much thought, until we come across them in a new context.

    I like both photos, but prefer the first — for no good reason that I can identify.

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    • I used the term as this does make me think of a water slide. I cannot tell you whether we actually slid on this back in my college days, but it wouldn’t surprise me under the circumstances back then.

      The contrast is better in the first and that might create the preference, I think.


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