11.17.2021 Morton Pond

Of course, for those familiar with Quabbin’s history, Morton Pond is no more. One of many along with the four old towns (Enfield, Greenwich, Dana, and Prescott) swallowed by the dammed (the original residents of those towns would probably say “damned”) waters that now sustain Boston and its environs.

Although I did not visit this location along the shoreline of Quabbin Park this year, there are memories in the archives of how intense the color gets at sunrise here.

Old Enfield, MA. looking across Morton Pond – October 2008.

One reason I didn’t visit this year are the new hours.  A few years ago they changed from fairly early, often as early as 5:30 a.m., to now if you are lucky 7:00 which for the time being is later than sunrise. Also, as we are still below maximum capacity in the reservoir, the shoreline would be out a bit farther with many more of the rocks and boulders visible.

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 11.17.2021 Morton Pond

  1. Beautiful Fall image Steve! Great Color Display!

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  2. This strikes me as brighter overall than the early morning pictures you usually show.

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    • I rarely shoot in full sun so it is brighter. This was shot at 7:30, about 1/2-3/4 of an hour after sunrise at that time of October. It takes a while for the sun to crest the hills that are on the right so the it has achieved full brightness and it took some pixel wrangling to tame the yellows.

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  3. Littlesundog says:

    Stunning color… what a pretty place.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    Those time limitations can be a problem. Most of my favorite spots are 24/7 or dawn-to-dusk, but a few are far more limited. In this image, I like the increasing clarity from right to left.

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    • Most of mine are available at all times as well aside from the park proper. There is the limitation of nighttime visitation in the watershed but early dawn and late dusk are still allowed. 9/11 changed the hours of usage and some areas have concrete barriers as a result. The change in opening time for the park is the result of the recent change in administration here in the Commonwealth.
      I enjoyed the depth of the fog changing across the frame too. Its apparent thickness often increases with distance and that was the case here, more or less.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Incredible autumn landscape, a feast for the eyes!

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  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Oh, that is beautiful! The effects of the sun angle and the water make the image glow.

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