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Bad Weather at Hanks’ Meadow

Bad weather actually offers some of the best photographic opportunities. Several weeks ago we were at Hanks’ Meadow in the Quabbin Reservoir Park.  It’s a very accessible place, lovely for a picnic.  It’s clearly marked if you ride through the park road off Route 9 (Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA) in either direction.  Deer and turkeys frequent the place, along with who knows what else.  It’s an easy walk down to the Quabbin waters from the Meadow.  On this particular day, however, the temperature dropped a good ten degrees in that 100 meter walk.  The Quabbin Reservoir has its own weather.  Down at the shoreline it was cold and windy, felt like a good old New England nor’easter.   (Click the images below for larger views.)

The sky was nice, but it’s interesting to play with the water as you might if photographing ocean waves or rapids in a river.  Well these aren’t ocean waves but they are waves nevertheless, so a slow shutter speed made for some interesting results.

Zooming in for a bit of detail:

Detail shots are everywhere of course.  In this case, rocks and water were no problem.  Other details presented a more difficult challenge.  We always like to take note of the small signs of life one encounters everywhere. Along the beach we noted these interesting little yellow wildflowers in great abundance, in spite of the rather rough terrain.

Repeated efforts resulted in one semi-decent close up.  Strong wind creates beautiful effects in the water, but really undermines you’re ability to shoot a decent close up of living flowers.

So when all else fails, there are those scenes that reflect the end of life. Every natural site is also an eco-archeological site as well.  The history of nature is there if you take notice.

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  1. sandra #

    James. Your close up picture of the yellow wildflower is breathtaking. You are a good teacher and artist. Thanks for your good work,

    September 13, 2010

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