07.03.2016 The view from Soapstone Hill

This is probably the best vantage point for viewing the Quabbin Reservoir from the ground.  I seriously doubt I will ever get a drone, but I also seriously doubted I would ever get a CD player.

This time we are viewing from the north over Dana with Prescott in the distance. Much farther off is Mount Zion, which is currently famous for being the future home of a bunch of rattlesnakes for the encouragement of their numbers.  We don’t have many around here and the state is thinking of trying to help them along.  Many local folks don’t think it’s a good idea and the media has whipped them up into a fearful frenzy with ideas of snakes hitching a ride in eagle talons and dropping in on a backyard barbecue.  While they can certainly be dangerous, we have a lot more to worry about with ticks, mosquitoes and the occasional rabid raccoon which do not warn you ahead of time with a friendly rattle.

Anyway, this post is about the scenery, not the politics of Quabbin’s snakiness or lack thereof.

Please click twice for the really big shew.

Soapstone-Pano-070316-2048The sky is a little lackluster, but it is what it was.  Hopefully next time there will be puffy clouds and I’ll get there a few hours earlier.

This is a panoramic stitch of 16 exposures with my 70-200 at 98mm and assembled in Camera Raw.


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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2 Responses to 07.03.2016 The view from Soapstone Hill

  1. shoreacres says:

    I can’t even imagine how you stitched that together, but it’s impressive. It’s such a beautiful place. It tickles me that I can find it on a map, now. All that roaming around Amherst has helped me appreciate the setting of your photos more.

    I thought about those snakes over the 4th, when the discussion turned to the best way to dispatch one. We all agreed that the best way for your state to increase the number of rattlers is to get some good ol’boys over here to go out with some burlap sacks, and scare up a few. There are plenty over here. :-0

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    • It’s all done with a mouse click that unleashes a series of digital algorithms. Magical. It can also be done manually, but sounds too much like hard work.

      I hope that some day you are able to visit here, tour the Dickinson Homestead and experience the Quabbin.

      Although we are trying to increase their numbers, and all the blowback that is causing, I don’t think a mass importation would be very welcome. However, this may be of some interest. 🙂


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