05.20.2019 Atkins Reservoir at Golden Hour

After walking a few trails at a favorite lady’s slipper location, and finding plenty budded up it was time to head home. As I drove past Atkins Reservoir I noticed this little island illuminated by the sun rising above the tree line.

The shadowed background was what allowed it to have a glow and I was fortunate in my timing to have a few minutes before the sun hit those trees too.

My annual May vacation for Spring flower prowling starts this weekend and I am counting on those buds for subjects.  Painted Trilliums are late so maybe some of those too.

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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12 Responses to 05.20.2019 Atkins Reservoir at Golden Hour

  1. Todd Henson says:

    This is a very beautiful and serene image, Steve. I never tire of the wonder of timing with images like this, where just a few minutes, or sometimes, just a few seconds, and the light changes so much it drastically alters the image. Fortunate timing and a great eye for composition.

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    • Thanks, Todd.
      It is often luck that has one in the right place at the right time. Even when one knows a spot like this, the light doesn’t always cooperate. I will admit to luck here. But I did make an autumn image here a few years ago so should have been aware of the possibility. The old memory capsule is failing with age, I guess. 🙂
      I know just what you mean about brief moments. More often than I care to admit, I arrive somewhere a few minutes later than I planned only to see the light show fade as I mount the camera on the tripod at the back of my car.


  2. My morning mind interpreted “a favorite lady’s slipper location” as ‘the location of the slipper of a favorite lady.’

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  3. Steve – I just keep staring…

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  4. Idyllic. I see a place for a hammock on that islet, and that would be a great place to spend a peaceful day.

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    • If only. The last few years the water has been low enough to walk onto the island. Of course, as this is one of Amherst’s drinking water supplies, that is forbidden as are boats, rafts, skiffs, kayaks,. canoes, inner tubes, or hip waders. I suppose one could hang glide onto it but the trees. 🙂

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  5. shoreacres says:

    It still startles me to realize these are spring colors, not those of autumn. On the other hand, your recent photos have provided some context for Robert Frost’s famous poem. He was a new Englander, after all, and I can see how he might have written this one after seeing such scenes:

    Nature’s first green is gold,
    Her hardest hue to hold.
    Her early leaf’s a flower;
    But only so an hour.
    Then leaf subsides to leaf.
    So Eden sank to grief,
    So dawn goes down to day.
    Nothing gold can stay.

    I suspect your greening is progressing — lucky you, to have captured these images to hold that golden hour.

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    • These colors are certainly not what folks expect of Spring and if I posted without an attendant date would be taken for autumn I am sure. When most of us anticipate Spring after a long cold winter, it is green we are thinking about most surely.

      Frost was not only a New Englander, but an Amherst resident for a time as well, teaching at Amherst College.


  6. melissabluefineart says:

    This one just grabs you, doesn’t it? I could gaze at it all day.

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