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The Dike in Winter

I remain challenged by the great structures that hold back the waters of the Swift River, creating the Quabbin Reservoir.  They are big, but also quite beautiful in their own way.  What has become clear is that you have to get out there to photograph in many different conditions, varying the light, the sky, the wind, etc.  We had a fairly decent snowfall earlier this week, which presented the opportunity to explore Goodnough Dike, inside Quabbin Park (Ware, Massachusetts) in a new way.


The snow was pristine.  Coming from the city, where of course the snow turns grey (and a variety of other colors) very quickly, it was refreshing to see a kind of purity.  That purity, however, was disrupted by a young man, probably around ten, who decided he wasn’t going to take the road up to the top of the Dike.  He was going straight up.


He did make it.  A testament to Yankee fortitude perhaps.  His trail begins at the bottom of this image.  Enjoy the weather.

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  1. Perhaps the young man was trying to be a part of your impressive collection!

    February 10, 2014
    • Thanks. He’s actually in the second image, believe it or not. He’s the little dot on the dike stone wall. An impressive lad. His assent was straight up. Luckily there were no Park Rangers around!

      February 14, 2014
  2. People!!!!
    I like the division of the frame in the first image a lot, James. It’s nice you had a sky with some character. Lately it seems they are either solid blue or solid grey.

    February 13, 2014
    • Thanks Steve. I have come to the conclusion that a good sky is absolutely essential to photographing these big structures and their environs. So I just go there more often. Sometimes I get lucky. Often not. I’m always amazed at how much the weather can change just over the drive from Worcester to the Reservoir. You’d think it was on the other side of the world. Of course, the Berkshires do push up air sometimes which can help.

      February 14, 2014
  3. Hi – I liked the first photograph the minute I saw it the other night. Great job – makes us all look at the Quabbin in a new way.

    February 18, 2014

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