09.01.2019 It took a while

20 years qualifies as a while doesn’t it?  🙂  I’ve been driving by this spot for all of that plus and always thought a shot like this would be possible.  I came close once six years ago but not until yesterday morning did I achieve what I had visualized.

Looking north from Route 202 where the Middle Branch of the Swift River passes below. on its way to the Quabbin Reservoir.

I had stopped at the usual overlook in New Salem and, although there were clouds and the color was building, didn’t think anything different from what I had seen before was going to happen.  But the clouds to the north brought this to mind and I sped up the highway hoping I was right. I arrived just as the color started to develop and it built and lasted for just a few minutes.  Glorious few they were.

I’ll still have this location in the back of my mind, but don’t think I’ll see much better.

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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44 Responses to 09.01.2019 It took a while

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Breathtaking beauty Steve.. stunning!


  2. Ann Mackay says:

    Wow! What a fantastic moment! I love the feel of early mornings (though I don’t see them often enough) but this is especially spectacular.

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  3. That’s quite an improvement over the version from six years ago. Imagine if six years from now you could improve the view by an equal amount.

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  4. Andrew says:

    That’s just about perfect Steve. 20 years of patience rewarded.


  5. Lemony says:

    Beautiful! A spectacular moment captured, Steve.

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  6. Val says:

    That’s simply stunning. I could see it as a wall-wide image. 🙂


  7. Todd Henson says:

    It looks to me like it was well worth the wait. Beautiful colors. Perfect location for the sun to illuminate. Great composition with the trees almost framing the image and the water reflecting the shape and colors of the sky. Really nice work, Steve.

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  8. Beautiful composition, featuring the reflections. Patience does have its rewards.

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  9. Jessica says:


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  10. Leya says:

    Amazing view – a moment so precious. Wonderful!

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  11. Incredibly beautiful. A once in a lifetime capture, perhaps?

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  12. krikitarts says:

    Simply outstanding–and well worth waiting for!

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  13. Good things come to those who wait, Steve! The photo is stunning.

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  14. shoreacres says:

    Some say that patience is a virtue, and if that’s true, then virtue was rewarded at last. Of course, your image is not only beautiful and compelling, it’s also a reminder of the truth of the well-known quotation from Woody Allen: “Showing up is 80 percent of life.’ Sometimes it’s easier to hide home in bed. I’ve done both.”

    Showing up may be 80 percent of photography. Maybe more. But you’ve been faithful about showing up, and this was quite a reward.

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    • I have had a day or two when I’ve lingered in bed. But most mornings, when I can, I am out the door thinking of making images but knowing that even if I don’t the experience itself of being in nature will be reward enough. But a pleasing image is always welcome.
      Showing up has always been a goal whether out in the field or at work. Persistence helps too.


  15. Gallivanta says:

    It was worth waiting for. Your photo of 6 years ago is lovely but this one is sublime.

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  16. melissabluefineart says:

    This is absolutely stunning. It is fascinating to realize that while photography might appear to be a quick medium, in reality an image can be years in the making.

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    • I think that can be true for a painter as well. While you may be able to anticipate and create from that, I would think it takes the actual vision to really give an air of reality to something. If one doesn’t get it right the first time with a photograph, yeah a 20 year wait is a problem. Especially at 71. 😀


      • melissabluefineart says:

        Oh it is true for sure. I notice that there are paintings I started years ago, ahead of my ability to paint them. Now I am more able to realize the vision, although of course I will always fall short.

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  18. Robert Smith says:

    It’s amazing. I love it

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