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Falling Waters. June 13, 2012

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This afternoon on my way up to a fen in Rowe, I stopped along route 8A to take this photo of a spillway at the head of Pelham Brook:

As I readied to clean up what I thought were sensor spots in the sky of this photo, I discovered that they were actually dragonflies hunting at the dam’s lip, so I left them.  🙂

This is a hand-held shot taken with Ziggy, my Sigma 50mm lens, which I mostly reserve for macro shots because it focuses down to about one inch.

Perhaps I ought to reassess that call.

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A Whole Lotta Watta! April 3, 2010

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Flooding has recently been pervasive here in the Northeast, and the Connecticut River grew mighty with the recent rains.  Here are a few shots from this past week.

The Connecticut as it flows under the Great Falls Bridge between Gill and Montague:

…here with the fish ladder in the foreground, ferrying salmon and shad to higher waters.

The dam itself is massive for these parts, catching and releasing stupendous volumes in the Spring:

…not to mention (though I shall) the flood shunted down Turners Falls’ great canal:

That’s actually a several-second exposure of a quite-turbulent scene.  Funny how Time mellows such things.

And speaking of “mellow,” we could all take a page from the Gulls’ Playbook: Chill!

I’m experimenting with Elliot here, so bear with me if things come out suboptimally!

Ruby Tuesday – Back At The Falls. March 29, 2010

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It’s officially Spring, and the Deerfield River is cresting the dam at Salmon Falls, down in the center of the village of Shelburne Falls, MA.  It’s a mesmerizing sight, sonically overwhelming and totally humbling to a mere mortal:

The glassblower’s shop provides just enough rubiliciousness to allow me to sneak this one into this meme.

Farther up the hill, the Shelburne Free Public Library radiates yet more Ruby into the cosmos:

The Falls may have been taking liberties with “the ruby thing,” but this one hits that nail more squarely on the head.  🙂

For more Random Rubiage visit Mary over at Work of the Poet!

And The Very Same Day… December 2, 2009

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A sunrise, a moonrise, and a few night shots to top it all off.

The dam at Gardner Falls, an hour after sunset, illuminated by the moon and by a nearby shore light::

I did nothing to this other than bring the brightness up a bit.  I’d call that lucky; I’ve worked much harder for less return.

Excuse my 30 second exposure.

Another shot from the same visit, the spillway and its accompanying light:

Again, I  didn’t touch the color here, at least not after releasing the shutter.  I think my automatic white balance may have struggled a bit with this, but I nonetheless like the effect and am happy to take credit for the result.

And finally, before being driven out by lens-wetting mists from the dam, I took a shot downstream toward the full moon:

Without changing any camera settings, the palette was totally different yet similarly compelling.

I’m inclined to come back here regularly, as this was fun.

Great Falls April 16, 2008

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The Great Falls of the Connecticut River was long ago floodeded by a dam, creating Barton’s Cove.

Don’t ask me who Barton was, ’cause I don’t know I and don’t care.  I have nothing against coves, mind you; I just prefer falls.

The other evening I drove across the impressive-but-crumbling bridge over the river, just below the dam, and was impressed enough with the light to explore the area a bit, finding a way to drive to the top of the dam and check out the view under the bridge.

I get a kind of bittersweet feeling when I see Humankind’s manipulations of nature in a beautiful light.  It seems on some level selfish – Parts of nature were destroyed to fulfill my needs for power (and yes, that’s what the dam is for.  It still produces plenty of power, ’cause the Connecticut is a pretty big river.)

Nothing is simple, is it?

Yesterday’s Catch February 1, 2008

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The dam at Shelburne Falls:

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…with an interesting texture:

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Dam! September 25, 2007

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A small one up in the High Country of Rowe: