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The Quabbin Reservoir from The Enfield Lookout in Ware, Mass.

As I return to my blog, after many months away, I wanted to speak about an area I find myself visiting more and more often:  the beautiful Quabbin Reservoir.  Visits to this vast area fill me with feelings that are truly mixed –my ambivalence  showing all too plainly on my face:  feelings of awe and wonder as I look around me mixed with sadness and bitterness as I remember its origins (See previous blog entry).  I come across ruby-red columbine, delicate ladyslippers, and ferns of every shape and size. Occasionally I am pleasantly surprised by a doe or buck peering at me through the woods.  More often I stumble upon newts, turtles, or dragonflies.  For better or worse, I have never come face to face with any of the Quabbin’s reported inhabitants: coyotes, bobcats, black bears, beavers , raccoons, moose, and foxes.    As of yet, I have not seen any of the Quabbin’s famous bald eagles or red-tailed hawks, though many of my friends have viewed these majestic birds.

The photo above was taken at sunset on a day during which I was introducing my brother and my sister-in-law to the sheer magical beauty of the Quabbin.  We were at the Enfield Lookout in Ware, Massachusetts.  As gorgeous as the view clearly was, our joy was greatly tempered by the realization that the waters sitting several hundred yard below us covered the remains of the town of Enfield.

The Quabbin Reservoir’s supplies 2.4 million people (most from Boston and over 40 communities in the Boston Region) with 260 million gallons of water a day.  All of this water came at great cost to the nearly 3000 citizens of the four towns that were destroyed in order to create this huge reservoir.  What remain for the citizens here is a vast wilderness of indescribable peace,  solitude, and beauty.

Nikon D90, focal length 70mm, f 5.0, ISO 250

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Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Gulls invaded the Brant Point well after day broke, and I was still there to catch the view.  Even clouds could not spoil the view.  Nantucket has so much to offer.  If you’ve never been there, I strongly recommend a mini-vacation, or a longer one, if you have the time and capital. 

Nikon D80,  40mm,  f 10.0,  1/640, ISO 400, WB cloudy

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seagull-in-sunset1 

My Nikon D200 and I captured this seagull on my way to Mt. Washington a couple of weeks ago.  The sky was grey, and I decided that he (or she) would look considerably better against a colorful sky.  Hence, I went back to a sunset I had taken a couple of years ago, and did a cut and paste to combine the two images. 

Settings for the seagull were the following:  focal length:  135mm, f 10.0, esposure of 1/500, ISO 320.

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Our Princess

Our Princess and Her Fiery Friend

Our Princess and Her Fiery Friend

Our Princess is now seven years old.  When we make a fire in the fireplace (usually with a store-bought manufactured log) she loves to watch the flames.  After taking a series of photos, I discovered this picture, in which the flames take on a rather curious shape…..  I did not retouch those flames at all; that was their actual shape.  Pretty cool, eh?  What do they look like to you?  (Olympus C3030Z—-3.2 megapixel, f 2.8, iso 200, 1/6 speed)

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mt-rushmore-mountain-goat

I had no idea that Mt. Rushmore was also famous for its mountain goats!  (Panasonic Lumix f 4.6)  I had a great time there, seeing the Presidential monument both in the evening and first thing in the morning.  Will post one of those shots next.

Sorry I haven’t posted since Friday, but was on a father/son mini-vacation up in the White Mountains from Saturday through Monday.  Will try to post 1 or 2 photos from there over the next few days.

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Yellowstone Raven

Yellowstone Raven

This raven at Yellowstone Lake is actually trying to devour the sign.  He seems to be saying, “Don’t feed the wildlife, eh…?  Well, here’s what I think about that!”  I didn’t get very many funny shots on my cross-country trip, but this is one which still makes me smile.         (Nikon D200, focal length-105mm, f8.0, iso 400, 1/3 stop underexposed)

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Elk (Actually a Pronghorn) at Grand Teton National Park

Elk (Actually a Pronghorn) at Grand Teton National Park

 

I thought I’d add a few photos (more to come) of some of the wildlife that I saw at the National Parks I visited on my cross-country trip.  I loved this one because he was in motion when I “captured” him with my Nikon D200, f 9.0, ISO 320, focal length 200mm.

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