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Is it Spring Yet?

Well is it?  Goodness, what a winter.  That being said, it did offer me an opportunity to explore several areas of interest in a new, albeit colder, way.  (By the way, a cold winter does not equate with not having to worry about climate change, but I’m assuming you know that.  Weather is not equal to climate.  Climate is the average of weather over a long period of time and over a geography.  Cold winters will probably always be with us. It is the average temperature over time that matters.  Now back to the images at hand.)  I’ve continued to focus on the design of the two great structures, Winsor Dam and Goodnough Dike, that hold back the water at the Quabbin Reservoir.  The Quabbin is the source of drinking water for several million inhabitants of eastern Massachusetts.  I’m more impressed with every visit regarding the degree to which these structures are not like what we have come to expect from a dam.

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As such, they provoke a very different response from the visitor.

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Something much more spiritual.  The snow provides another take on that design, one that clearly emphasizes the graphical elements of the structures.  This is all visible of course in the other seasons, but the presence of color obscures the power of the lines and other elements created by the designers.  I continue to wonder what they were trying to achieve, and why.

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Come on spring, you can do it.