05.08.2017 Briggs Brook Cascades

Lots of rain lately…lots.  Not as much as some parts of the mid-west and Quebec most recently, but plenty enough to recharge all the brooks locally.  As you can see here, Quabbin is receiving a lot of water and is back to about 86% capacity-up from 79% earlier this year.

Although not hard enough to appear in the image, there was a light shower as I made photographs yesterday morning. Eventually the sun broke throughand started to dry things a little…enough so I could try to catch up on the mowing.  A little more to do today if we don’t get another shower.

As I made my way down the brook, there were quite a few interesting cascades although many were a little clogged with fallen branches and leaves.  Natural for sure but not quite photogenic. This one appealed to me.  I didn’t do an intimate of that center section but I’ll go back.

I’m happy to report that I did wear my Muck Boots and no slipping this time, although it is  kind of tricky to navigate all the rocks and branches lying about and there are a few surprise depths to watch out for…the boots only go up to just below my knees.  It is a little too much of a hike to wear the hip boots.

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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25 Responses to 05.08.2017 Briggs Brook Cascades

  1. I’ve worn my hip-high boots four times in the last eight days—not to keep out water but to protect against chiggers. It’s a nuisance to walk around in such high and rubbery boots, but that’s better than a slew of bites on my legs.

    I can relate to the difficulty of walking around on wet rocks and branches. The things we put up with for the sake of our pictures….

    Look forward to detail of the falls’ center section.

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  2. Steve – This looks like nice clean water, a picture of health.
    Where do you learn the figures re percent of capacity of a stream? Thank you, RPT

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    • It is very clean water and the entire watershed is aggressively protected.

      I know there are ways to calculate a stream’s carrying capacity (which I imagine varies and depends on such things as speed, angle of flow, impediments to flow such as rocks and detritus buildup,height of banks, width, and cubic yards of water or such), but I was speaking of the reservoir’s level and not the stream which feeds it. The percent is posted on Quabbin’s website. The stream requires engineering acumen which I lack. Maybe there is a formula on the web somewhere and I should look for that just out of interest even if not an engineer. 🙂

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    • shoreacres says:

      When I was in Arkansas, I happened upon a USGS guy at a streamgage site like this, and got a lesson in how those installations work. If you go to that page, and click on the links for discharge measurement and stage-discharge relation, there’s even more good, explanatory information. When the Atchafalaya was in flood a few years ago, many of us on Weather Underground learned a lot about such things. It helped to pass the time while the river was rising.

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  3. jonacua says:

    Good photos!!!

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Very pretty! Oh those fallen branches – and logs! They’re the main reason I almost never photograph waterfalls around here. The Pacific northwest is very arboreal! 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I like the zig-zag placement of the rocks, and the resulting patterns in the water. The number of flat rocks in the first photo is interesting, too. Is it freezing and thawing that allows them to break off in slabs?

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Very peaceful and serene photos. That’s why I alway like these. You can hear the sounds of the water and it just calms you down. And thanks for the discussions of the Permethrin in the comments, I need to try that.

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    • Water passing over rocks and creating those wonderful sounds as it crashes into itself and the water below is one of the most wonderful sounds I experience and has the added benefit of “drowning” out that ever present ringing in my ears.


  7. Rick H says:

    Beautiful photos! Always lovely to see those active, little streams full of life 🙂

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