The Bear’s Den
The Bear’s Den is just north of the Quabbin Reservoir, in the town of New Salem. It’s not technically part of the watershed, but in fact, the Swift River, the middle branch of which flows through the glacial rock formation there, is on it’s way to the Quabbin. Here’s a panoramic overview. (Click on the images for a better view.)
If you’d like to see the detailed panorama, it’s posted on Gigapan.
It’s a wonderful place, luckily preserved by the Trustee’s of the Reservations in Massachusetts, a not for profit land conservation organization. Those of you who have been to the Bear’s Den previously will note that on the left is a big tree truck. If you look carefully you can see that the tree was growing on the side of the hill. That tree, or what’s left of it, took out one of the great spots for planting a tripod. As the Trustees of the Reservations typically leave these kinds of properties wild, that tree is going to be with us for some time I fear. But it adds to the sense of intimacy of the place. You’re standing right at the level of the falls.
The River then flows on south, through a beautiful set of small rapids.
The flow of the waters meant that this was a working river. Just a few feet from the the flow are the remains of an old mill from quite some time in the past.
It’s difficult not to try and reflect on what it must have been like, to work so close to such a beautiful yet small, intimate river.
The only sounds would have been the sound of the mill and the sound of nature I suppose, for the most part, the sound of the flowing water.
But of course, the winters would have been, and still are brutal. Everything looks better, to paraphrase Paul Simon, in photography season.