07.25.2016 What lies beneath

As of July 1st, the state is telling us that the Quabbin Reservoir is at @90% capacity.  I think that is a generous assessment.  After walking the shore yesterday and today, I think quite a lot of what should be underwater is not. 10% is a lot of water when the maximum capacity is 412 billion gallons so I guess it is no surprise the the shore is edging towards the middle.  Anyway, the sand bar in this image would not be as seen if water levels were normal.

I had just come here from one of my favorite sites for sunrise…to be seen later…expecting to be surrounded by fog based on the full valley I saw from that elevation.  Obviously that was a mistaken opinion..

Gate-35-Sand-Bar-Curve-072416-800I’ve shot a few Quabbin sand bars over the years, but none were as interesting as this one.  The location was new to me, so it is just my impression that at full level most of that curve would be hidden.  Whether or not, this is now one of my favorite Quabbin images. Shot with the 16-35 plus polarizer plus 10-stop ND filter.

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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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24 Responses to 07.25.2016 What lies beneath

  1. Mine too~what a graceful line.

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  2. This is really beautiful; The sand bar is unique with the graceful curve. And the tree grouping is an impressive reflection. This should make a lovely print as well as a landscape painting.

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  3. Jim Ruebush says:

    I hope you get some needed rains soon. The low water levels expose a lot of shoreline since it often has a gentle slope.

    I like that picture, too.

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  4. I’ll add to the favoring of the sandbar that others have already expressed. What could be wrong with anything that mimics the letter S?

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  5. Beautiful shot. ND filter to smooth out the water?

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  6. By the way, I’ve used my Canon 16–35mm lens on a couple of outings recently, including yesterday when I accidentally packed it instead of the more-usual 24–105mm.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I very much like the graceful lines of the sandbar, but am most intrigued by the implied reversal here. It looks to me like a river of sand, running through the water and sky.

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    • Although that was not my intent specifically, I did want to emphasize the flow aspect to the sandbar. The movement of the water at higher levels is very much responsible for the shape revealed now. Next year, assuming we ever get enough rain to raise the level, it may have a different shape.

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