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A Cold Day at Harvard Pond

Sometimes you have to be flexible.  We wanted to hike into the Quabbin Reservoir at Gate 41, but the situation was not hospitable.  More about that in a future post.  So, back into the car on a very cold day.  We passed by a favorite spot on Route 122 in Petersham, MA, Harvard Pond.  The light was special.  But did I say it was cold? Only black and white would do.  (Click on the images for a better view.)

The sun was hiding behind the trees to our south, creating some wonderful shadows and beams.

This is an interesting forest.  It was largely decimated by the Great Hurricane of 1938.  Since then though, it has been untouched for the most part, except for some scientific forest management studies conducted by the University. Remnants of character trees are everywhere, making for some good spots for wildlife.

We’ve stood on these shores and seen otters in the past, alas though, only when the camera was firmly affixed with a wide angle lens.

Those are beaver deceivers, designed to frustrate the little engineers.  I guess the folks at Harvard Forest are happy with the current water level. It’s always about the water in these parts.

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  1. These are great; we went through two portions of Quabbin this past summer and these brought back memories of those walks. Thanks for taking the time to add your descriptions and history that go with each one.

    December 12, 2010
    • jameshuntphotography #

      Thanks so much. The Quabbin and surrounding environments are indeed compelling.

      December 12, 2010

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