08.19.2016 Quabbin Shoreline

Here’s another view of the reservoir from the shore made last Saturday.  The water level is down seven feet last I heard.  It would take a lot of rain to approach full again.  If we experience an active hurricane season, something no one really wants, we might see one inland and get full before winter.  The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a rough winter so the snowfall could take care of things.

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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21 Responses to 08.19.2016 Quabbin Shoreline

  1. Beautiful, Steve. I like how the rocks, land and clouds mimic each other. Reservoirs are down in California again too. The land is not storing as much water any more due to logging and land disturbance. Water runs off faster and floods higher.

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    • Hi, David. Nice to hear from you. Couple your drought with wildfires and you have a real disaster out there. Although we are in a drought, there at least has been a few showers to help a bit. Unfortunately, when we do get a good downpour it does just what you described, running off quickly and not really doing much for the water table.

      When the Quabbin Reservoir was created, tons upon tons of stones and boulders were added to the edges of the treeline to manage the water and keep things solid. They offer nice features at all times but especially now that so many are revealed. The level has dropped another 6″ since this post.


  2. I like the fact that you have some clouds in an unusual place: at the very bottom of your photograph.

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  3. Jim Ruebush says:

    It does look low. Here, our water levels are higher than normal in lakes and rivers. It will change over time.

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    • Yes, it shall return to a more balanced situation. One issue we are having in some places is fish die-off, as well as other organisms, resulting from the water growing more shallow while the pollutants, bacteria and other challenges grow in strength.


  4. krikitarts says:

    What a magical place–no wonder it keeps drawing you back!

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The sky seems to have touched some of the rocks with color, and the distant shoreline. It’s so attractive, and peaceful. What amuses me is my sense of the photo being just a touch off-kilter: leaning to the left just a bit. Looking at it, I have the strongest, visceral urge to straighten it, like a photo hanging on a wall. I’ve never had that feeling with any online photo before — it really is funny. I think the shoreline on the right might be creating an optical illustion.

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    • You are correct about the optical illusion. At least I hope so. I am very careful when shooting to level the camera on the tripod.
      The sky does lend color to what lies below and, in this case, the rocks are reflecting a bit of the blue sky.


  6. We hear endlessly about the reservoirs in California, but never about this. 7 feet! That is quite a lot. Our weather is often similar to yours….I was hoping for a mild winter 😦

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    • The maximum depth of the reservoir is 151 feet so 7 feet is not as large an amount as you might think. OTOH, full capacity of the body is 412 billion gallons and the reservoir is now at @85% so missing around 7,6800,000 gallons which sure does sound like a lot. 😯

      I am hoping for a very snowy winter, as much as I am not a fan of the cold, so we can recharge when the spring melt comes next year. Hurricanes are unfortunate occurrences and I am not hoping for one, but should we receive the end of one that will help as well.


  7. Andrew says:

    It’s a beautiful photograph Steve. We never seem to have the right amount of water. Too little or too much. I blame The Donald.

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    • Thanks, Andrew. Well, in New England we have the saying that if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. Unfortunately that is not holding true this year.

      That is a refreshing idea…Obama has been blamed for pretty much everything else.


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