05.30.2020 Spilling through the Spillway

I didn’t expect there to be much flow through the spillway after so many days of no rain but the water levels in the reservoir and watershed are high enough that there was an overflow.

The reservoir was created by damming up the Swift River’s tributaries of rivers and brooks.  As the water leaves through the spillway it returns to the Swift River on its way to joining the Ware River which joins the Chicopee River before finally entering the Connecticut River and eventually the Atlantic Ocean at the Connecticut coast.



Originally I was going to post a rock abstract, but something about it seemed familiar and it turned out I had made the exact same composition last year and posted it. If it was Flashback Friday I might have gone ahead. I wanted to share it for Linda Grashoff but will just link it so if she sees this she or anyone interested can click here.

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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11 Responses to 05.30.2020 Spilling through the Spillway

  1. Nice Steve! Looks like fast moving water! Cool image!

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  2. Wow! That is one rush … and one rush of water! Nice, Steve.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    The zig-zag effect in the more realistic part of the stream in the second photo’s neat. In the first, my favorite detail is the clump of flowers (or differently colored foliage?) at the edge of the water. The second clump at the top of the frame makes me think they might be flowers.

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    • I couldn’t get to them but blown up they appear to be red maples. I actually do have a more zoomed in shot so the leaves are more apparent in that. I am glad that is your favorite because that is what drew me to make the image and, so far, you are the only one to note it. I thought the image just worked better with the flowing water including the rock.

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  4. There are several abstracts hiding in that top shot. Just hiding there, waiting to be discovered.

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  5. krikitarts says:

    There’s a certain urgency in the first image that I find particularly appealing, and the little red maple seems content to be the somewhat-distanced and somewhat-aloof observer.

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    • That first scene is quite active, urgent as you say, and there is a lot of energy in the water’s movement. Sometimes this spillway is lacking water so finding it with that much rushing flow was exciting. The red maple was what first attracted me and then deciding how to use the water was the challenge.

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