I just wanted to pass along that my one of my Quabbin Portfolios, Constructing Quabbin, received a Merit Award from Black and White Magazine and as a result, a number of images from that portfolio has been published in the June edition. I’m honored by the selection. The portfolio should be published on the magazine’s web site shortly. You can find the magazine and ordering information here. However, the web site presentation has not yet gone live, but the magazine is available at places like Barnes and Noble and some independent bookstores, so I thought I’d pass this along. Being on the road and far from any bookstores, I haven’t seen it yet myself and as a result, I don’t know which images they’ve published. So, here are a few of the images they have to work with, as a special sneak preview. Thanks again to Black and White Magazine.
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It is supposed to be spring here in New England, but it isn’t really. It snowed yesterday a bit though it quickly melted. The wind howled last night, but it has calmed down today, leaving us with a new burst of unseasonably cold weather. This is global weirding, though some claim it is proof that there is no global warming. The earth looks flat from where I sit but it isn’t. When they started the Iditarod in Alaska, they had to import snow to Anchorage. But it remains cold here. Nevertheless, we went out on two occasions in an effort to look at the landscape in a different light. We were cold, but not disappointed. Some photo thoughts from late winter at the Quabbin. First at Goodnough Dike.
Though some seem to be close.
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.
As such, they provoke a very different response from the visitor.
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.
Come on spring, you can do it.
We all found out over the last two days (something that the Rangers at the Quabbin Reservoir, source of drinking water for half of Massachusetts, have been saying for a long time) that the Reservoir is so big that terrorists would have to drive in more than several truck loads of toxins into the Reservoir to do any harm. Nature is that powerful, when scaled up to this size. Of course we found this out because the State Police arrested a group of mid-night trespassers causing significant alarm. But it seems that perhaps they were just being dumb. (It also appears that they may have parked their cars in front of the “no trespassing when closed” sign a few hundred yards from the State Police Barracks. I don’t think these people will make successful criminals if that is there career plan.) Add another story to the list for this rather amazing place. We also learned through the press that they’re actually not pumping water from the Reservoir to Boston at this moment. The water level does seem to be rising a bit. These are from Pepper Mill Pond, just before you enter the first Gate to Quabbin Park if you’re traveling west on Route 9, in Ware, Massachusetts. This is a someone isolated pond for how close it is to the road but it appears to be full (Other locations such as Hanks meadow do not.) Like many of the streams around the Reservoir, there is evidence of the dynamism of the forest. That dynamism creates its own ambiguity and stokes the imagination. Click on the images for a better view.
The fishermen are there of course. One told us this morning that he’d been visited by a bear when he first arrived. Yet another story.
My exhibition of work, Quabbin Memories, Boston’s Water, continues at the Jewish Community Center of Worcester. I want to thank Nancy Greenberg from the JCC and Ron Rosenstock, famed nature photographer for making this possible and now I’m happy to thank all those who have come to see the work, including reporters Christine Peterson and Richard Duckett from the Worcester Telegram and Gazzette. Christine created the video below which is currently posted on the Telegram Blog, and on Youtube. Christine did a great job considering what (who) she had to work with! Thanks Christine.