05.14.2019 Pepper Mill Pond

Asking at the Quabbin Visitor Center, I was told that the park now opens daily at 6 a.m. but yesterday whoever opened it was late.  So I went a little further east to Pepper Mill Pond.  It is frequented by fishermen but none were there yesterday and, for a change, no litter except for one beer can.

I saw a couple of reflections I liked and made this image along with a few others.

The sun was popping in and out, providing occasional warmth to the landscape. Eventually our day went back to rain and continues this morning.  Although we have had fairly continual rain, the Midwest and South have had way more so I am not complaining.  More than one sunny day a week would be welcomed though.

As to the name, I have seen it spelled both Pepper and Pepper’s.  I’d guess someone named Pepper had a mill there but have yet to see a history that includes that information.


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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16 Responses to 05.14.2019 Pepper Mill Pond

  1. Your mention of the weather makes me wonder whether you’ve taken (m)any pictures while rain was actually coming down. I rarely have; the last time was three years ago in a California redwood forest while Eve held one umbrella over herself and another over me.

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    • In light rain, yes. Sometimes in heavier when it started light. I picked this up last fall but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. Even on days when it’s predicted to rain, I forget to take it with me.


  2. Todd Henson says:

    There’s a really nice sense of balance to this one, and a very pleasing color palette. The rain gets tiring sometimes, that’s for sure, especially when it seems to clear on days you can’t go out but returns on those you can. Ah well. I’ve occasionally photographed in light rain also. A couple times I’ve used a rain sleeve that worked well.

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    • Thanks, Todd.
      The item I linked to in my reply to Steve seems pretty good and I’ll put it to use soon. It appears there will be plenty of opportunity still. Maybe it should be May showers will bring June flowers for this year. There certainly are good images to make in the rain. And if I may take a liberty with the fisherman’s saying, “A bad day of photography is still better than a good day at work”. 🙂


  3. Lemony says:

    Very nice capture! Such an interesting image.


  4. shoreacres says:

    The diamond shape formed by the logs and their reflection remind me of a cabochon, set into the vertical pattern of the trees. I think it would be fair to call this a jewel of a photograph.

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  5. I always enjoy reflections, and this image really capture them nicely. You’re right, we really are getting quite a lot of rain here! The plants are loving it and even butterflies are managing to get out and about in the sun pockets. I’ve found the grey days are wonderful for photographing. Well. Plus, I really love rainy days.

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    • Our rain amounts have dropped here since that post. A lot of our plants, both vegetable and flower, need almost daily watering now that we are hitting the high 80’s and occasional 90’s. I planted some fringed gentian and bird-foot violet in a half barrel and they dry out very quickly. If the light is appealing a grey day can be attractive but sometimes I find that it is just plain uninteresting.Good for flower portraits often enough and water too, though.

      I enjoy when a reflection takes on the aspect of a pattern rather than just the thing itself. Trying to do more of that when the opportunity arises.


      • you’re right, sometimes a grey day is just that~grey. Yesterday we had a picnic planned at a nearby park, where a local band was going to play. It had been hot and sunny all day. Right as we arrived the sky turned black, wind started ripping branches right off the trees, and we fled. It was quite a storm.
        I agree, it is so nice when reflections make patterns.

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      • When under cover or inside I love storms like that. Not a fan of the damage but they are so impressive.


      • Same here. Our neighbors have another dead tree, cocked and loaded, ready to take out our power line again. Their first dead tree cost us nearly $1000, all told. Turns out if it hits your house, it is your problem, not the owner of the tree.


      • I am surprised about that. Must be different rules in different states. I could understand it if the tree was on the border or hanging over enough to establish shared responsibility. But if entirely on the neighbors land then he/she should bear the cost. If not, then I think it should be possible to require them to remove the tree or at least have it pruned.


      • I would have thought that, as well. They are a young couple living on a shoestring, so I’ve suggested to Paul we offer to share the cost of cutting it down. That would be less expensive to us and less traumatic to everyone but he hasn’t commented.

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      • I hope that you are able to work something out with them.


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