08.19.2019 Driftwood 1

Before finding the blue curls yesterday, I walked a bit of Gate 35, Old North Main Street in the disenfranchised former town of Dana, Massachusetts-one of the four towns flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir. It’s one of my favorite hikes of the 52 or so Quabbin Gates which are mostly old dirt roads.

I’ve posted images from the shoreline here in the past and the occasional bit of driftwood. Yesterday one stump in particular grabbed my interest and there will be a couple of posts with different views.

It will be interesting in future visits to see if either of these colonizers is successful.

I especially like the warmth of the ruddy tone with the almost burnt look of the outer wood.

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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13 Responses to 08.19.2019 Driftwood 1

  1. That’s a path I would love to walk.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    The arboreal archway in the first photo, combined with the light in the clearing and the rise in the road beyond it, are so inviting. Just for grins, I checked the weather for Quabbin Hill, and found the current temperature at 69F, with a projected high of 88F. Lucky you.

    The second photo’s a wonderful example of what I call accidental gardens. It’s especially nice that different plants have emerged; it adds a good bit of interest.

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    • Lucky us indeed. The forecast was for low 90’s with humidity giving it a feel of over 100. We didn’t make it to 88, at least not as of 3:30 p.m.

      I am glad you noted the archway. I tried several compositions using the trees to get the effect. I will admit to using a vignette to heighten the contrast between the near trees and the opening.

      The driftwood was not on my mind at all when I walked onto the shore. But it grew on me and tomorrow’s post will show it off even better, I think. If they survive the winter possibly both will successfully colonize the woody perch and anoint it a “nurse stump”.

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  3. The reddish-orange bark is a nice complement to the greenery. Do you know what the plants are that have taken hold?

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    That is a photograph I likely would not have seen. And it would have been my loss. Great eye seeing it and creating a really nice composition out of it. The red works very nicely with the green.

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    • Thanks, Todd. For years closeups were my main emphasis and it took a while for landscapes to catch up. Now I don’t seem to have an emphasis, or specialty, at all but just careen from one subject to another. Variety is good, I guess.


  5. Leya says:

    A beauty. And the grass with drops on – Love the archway and the road winding away.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Steve, these are both stunning, beautifully balanced and so inviting. 🙂

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