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Water, Water Everywhere

You learn something new everyday.  This morning on the Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al show, Al did a short piece on the history of Las Vegas.  I didn’t know, but should have been able to figure out, that Las Vegas was actually built at an oasis in the desert.  Vegas sits in the Mojave Desert.  But the town it self was founded where there was water, and plenty of it.  The area was green, good for agriculture.  In fact that was it’s claim to fame before the rest of the story we all know well.  That’s all gone now.  The asphalt, reflective buildings, etc. caused the springs to dry up in the 50’s.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts we have, for now,  plenty of water.  I’ve shown imagery from this location before:  Hank’s Meadow at the Quabbin Reservoir.  This lovely spot is off the road that runs through the Quabbin Park in Ware and Belchertown, Massachusetts.  The Meadow is clearly marked and there is good parking.  All you have to do is walk toward the water.  It was hot that day, or so we thought.  When we came within about 15 feet of the water, the onshore breeze of the Quabbin weather system hit us.  The temperature dropped a good ten degrees and suddenly everything was pleasant.  All you could hear was the sound of the wind and the waves.

 

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  1. Nice shot, James. Love that bank of clouds down valley. The last time I walked the shore at Hank’s Meadow there was blow down everywhere.

    June 16, 2011
  2. jameshuntphotography #

    Thanks. That’s an interesting to know. We didn’t see much signs of that this past week but clearly the weather has been taking a toll on the forest there. Of course the pine needle scale which seems now completely out of control, hasn’t helped.

    June 18, 2011

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