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A Bit of Gratitude

It is Memorial Day in the United States.  This is a day on which we remember those we have lost.  In particular of course we remember those who sacrificed so much to maintain our freedoms and our way of life, as well as our family members and friends.  I don’t handle loss particularly well, but I am reminded on days like this that we have a great deal to be thankful for, so I’ll take it in that direction.  Here’s a very short video I made recently of something for which we all should be grateful (or at least those of us who are lucky enough to have access to it) fresh drinking water.  This is from Fever Brook as it cuts its way through the Federated Women’s Club State Forest in New Salem, Massachusetts.  Fever Brook feeds into the Quabbin Reservoir, source of drinking water for much of Eastern Massachusetts.  Our drinking water exists in large measure because of the sacrifice of those who came before us.  Sacrifice, painful as it is, is what makes all of what we value possible.   (This video looks infinitely better in HD, but if you don’t have a good connection, hit the HD button in the lower right and you’ll see it at a lower resolution.)

Tech Note:  This video was actually shot on the new Panasonic GH4, in 4K believe.  It is then down sampled to give a better looking HD video, at least that’s the theory.  We’re still working on the implementation here I think but you will hopefully see some better work in the future.

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  1. Sandra #

    Oh, James. Watching this video, makes me feel as though I’m really there — in New Salem, without a mosquito to bother. Soothing. Thank you.

    May 26, 2014
  2. Thanks Sandra. Alas, the mosquitoes were there, in full force as you can imagine. Nothing in life is free it seems! It really is a special location though.

    May 26, 2014
  3. I’ve not explored the Federated Women’s Club tract before but Fever Brook sure does have my interest now, James. Thanks for sharing this.

    May 27, 2014
  4. Thanks for watching Steve. I’m experimenting with video obviously as way to tell the story. The Federated Women’s Club location is really worth your time. You’d enjoy it. This site is about 1.5 miles down the road into the Forest. Watch your axles! The road has had some upgrades, gravel, but after it rains it can real give you chassis a going over. The location is also really intense with bugs of all sorts. Officially I guess this is a good place for camping, but I can’t imagine enjoying it. Too many mosquitoes. The water is flowing OK, not great. Probably getting better with all the rain. The flow really begins from a pond/marsh and then proceeds over a very old broken stone dam. That’s where the fun begins.


    May 28, 2014

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