Spring and the Water is Flowing
We’re sitting here waiting for it to snow again. Enough already! However, the big picture is clearly working to our advantage. It is in fact spring and the melt is underway. The water is flowing again. (Click on the image for a better view.)
This is at Gate 41 in Hardwick, one of our favorite spots. Here Rand Brook (I believe I’ve got the name right) flows toward the Quabbin Reservoir. The last time we were here the Brook was still doing OK, but now it’s quite interesting.
It’s important to keep in mind that the waters around here worked for a living. Rand Brook powered several factories downstream. In the spring when the snow melts, you can get a clearer sense of the water’s power and potential. The same day we stopped at the Eastern Branch of the Swift River, perhaps the largest source of water feeding the Quabbin Reservoir.
Just off Route 122 the River leaves an area owned in part by the Harvard Forest and enters the Swift River Reservation, owned by the Trustees of the Reservations. The Falls, man made and visible from the road, are impressive this time of year.
The background hills create a stunning vista, reminding you of the River’s context.
And it’s current job.