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Surfing Bedrock. September 6, 2012

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Back here in Massachusetts, the Potholes along the Deerfield river provide a venue for surfing the bedrock of Franklin County:

Boys defying the No Trespassing signs and exploring their world. I have a love for this place and a love for this process.

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Not “Buried,” But “Berried!” February 19, 2012

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The walkway above the Shelburne Falls “Potholes” is usually buried deeply in snow this time of year; this February it’s covered with berries which have fallen from the ornamental trees which abut it:

It’s making me jones for Spring!

That’s a hand-held shot from Elliot with eight degrees of “tilt” and a whole lotta luck.

 

At The Potholes. August 1, 2011

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Our local “potholes” on the Deerfield river at Shelburne Falls are actually glacial plunge-pools, but hey, let’s not get picky.

Here are a couple of shots taken on different days in different light.  First, a sprig of that dastardly invasive, Purple lustrife:

It’s pretty and all, but I still hate that shit.  Perhaps it’s pedestrian of me, but I hate to see the changes happening to the “natural world” I know.  I’ve concluded that these changes are inevitable, and perhaps rightly so.  Pampas grass softens the marshes of Berkshire County, and so it goes, and so it goes.

But back here at “The Potholes,” the rock rules:

There’s something palpably Munch  about that shot, hand-held as it is and all.

Most summer days would see this place crawling with people, some sitting in the sun, some jumping from respectable heights, some finding rock slides and deep spots to plumb.  But this year it’s fenced off and posted, which I’m not sure is legal – the river bed below a usual high water level is public property.  But the cost to the town and county of responding to medical emergencies like, oh, say, drowning or breaking one’s neck or shortening one’s spine by misjudging a jump or slipping on the wet rocks and breaking bones was just too much for this little village.  Legal or not (and I don’t know that it isn’t,) the closure has solved that fiscal problem, and of course, saved some incautious people from the pain and suffering of earning a Darwin award.

Still, I miss getting down in there; the rocks are beautifully worn, and in the right light, amazing to photograph.  Today, these were hand-held and taken from the tourist overlook.

C’est la vie.

Images From My Weekend. March 28, 2010

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…Much of which was imminently forgettable, but some of which might be deemed shareable.

Mount Monadnock in southern New Hampshire, from a hillside close to home:

This lone peak has spawned the geologic term of “monadnock,” referring to a roche moutonee separate from other highlands.

That one’s courtesy of Gizmo, my 400mm L-series lens.

Salmon Falls, the geologic centerpiece of the village of Shelburne Falls:

…and a close-up of what’s happening down where the action is:

I like that one.

And lastly, a shot of the near-full moon captured against a furiously unfurling flag on Poet’s Seat Tower in Greenfield:

Other weekend sights might appear in future posts, but this is what I have for now.

Along The Road. June 28, 2008

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I know, I’m stalling.  There’s so much which needs saying, and so little time to say it.  Elections come and go, Loved Ones pass away, the future becomes the present, then becomes the past.

And still, the words won’t come.  I’m sorry.  As a parent, I expect more from me.

But for now, here are a few images from Along The Road, which hopefully will convey something of what’s inside of me.

A beaver pond in Plainfield:

A fly fisherman on the Deerfield river:

At The Potholes in Shelburne Falls:

Sorry for the randomness, I guess I just had a few worth seeing which weren’t thematic (except for involving water!)

Summer At The Falls! June 8, 2008

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Yeah, it’s ninety degrees and humid, so a trip to the Shelburne Falls “Potholes” is in order.

But on days like this it’s crowded where the Cool Kids go…

So EP and I head around to the Buckland side, from whence we could see the fun, but still have our peace and quiet, She with her Summer coursework:

Me with my Summer reading:

And despite being in gloriously full sun, we were delighted to be cooled by the finest of mists, subtle enough to allow reading and taking photos, along with a gentle breeze generated by the Falls themselves:

We stayed ’till we got hungry, then hit our local organic co-op for some fresh pasta and retreated to our kitchen.

But that’s another post, isn’t it?

High Water. March 25, 2008

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The water’s been up on the Deerfield, our local embodiment of aquatic sufficiency. When the river runs, all is good.

Today it ran, without the frenetic excess of a Spring flood, but nonetheless with a certain power and pride.

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This place brings me back on a regular basis, for its primal energy and its juxtaposition of the Works of Man and the Works of Nature.

Geology 101 June 23, 2007

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Granitic gneiss in the bed of the Deerfield River at the “Shelburne Falls Potholes,” actually glacial plunge pools.
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This is a great place to pass a steamy summer afternoon, albeit not a very private one. Expect to see more expansive views of The Potholes as the summer progresses.