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A New Panorama from the Quabbin Reservoir

When you stop to consider how enormously difficult it has to be to create a Reservoir, keep in mind that the work of doing so has been going on for a very long time. Indeed, the technique was invented by Beavers. Humans just scaled it up a bit. The water that forms the Quabbin Reservoir (in central Massachusetts, providing drinking water to much of Eastern Massachusetts) comes into what once was the Swift River Valley from the north, largely via three branches of the Swift River and several additional “brooks.” That water flow comes to a stop here and also at the nearby Goodnough Dike. This is the Winsor Dam, approximately a half mile across. It was built nearly eighty years ago and represented at its time an incredible engineering accomplishment. Of course, in the process, four towns were lost. This is a panorama so you’re really going to have to click on it to get a sense of the scale of the Dam.

If you’re really interested, or if you’re drawn in by the hypnotic effect of exploring a full blown panorama of anything, I’d strongly recommend you click here.  That click will take you to my Gigapan sight, we’re you’ll pretty much be able to walk all the way to the monument at the eastern end of the Dam.  Look carefully, it’s there.  (Sorry, but WordPress, host of this blog, doesn’t allow for the gigapan to be embedded directly, which is of course very frustrating!)  Thanks for looking.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sandra #

    Wow! The panaramic scene is surealistic … as though the end of this beautiful road just disappears into clouds.

    May 20, 2012
  2. Cool, James. Did you get a release from the guy walking at the end? 🙂

    May 20, 2012
  3. Thanks Sandra. Thanks Steve. I think that’s one of the joys of creating these big pans for the internet. The process of discovery is very different than if it was a print on the wall. You can go for a walk, and along the way, run into some surprises! But a model release? Didn’t think of it. Oh well. I doubt this image is destined for sale!


    May 24, 2012

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