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above the drowned villages

...lie the gathered waters of the Swift River, behind a great wall of earth. These waters slake the thirst of Boston.

Some years have been drought years, and the water level has been really low.

This year there has been more than enough rain, so water from the dam is being released down a spillway into the rest of the Swift River. It's fierce white dragon of foam.

I took some pictures--just snapshots, really. They're

The water roaring out, seen from below, looking up at the spillway:

The spillway from above, looking out over it

This shows you how thick the stonework is on the wall above the causeway. You can see how people are dwarfed by it--and if you look back up at the first picture, at the wall above the archway, you get an even better sense of relative scale.

Behind this wide green wall is Boston's drinking water:

...and if you climb up the green hill, you can look out over that water, in the gathering twilight:

There are more photos (but not many more) at my flickr account. I think this will take you there.

We had all the forest creatures except little springtime on the walk at first, but then Wakanomori peeled off to go for a run. The tall one discoursed on whether, if you wanted it to explode, it would be better to place explosives at the base, the middle, or the top of the dam. A scary imagination.



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Jun. 20th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
very nice pictures, and you took the trouble to show us the scale too.

Massachusetts is a lovely State I think!
Jun. 20th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Pictures are gorgeous. Gathering twilight and the sunset over the dam.
Mixed feelings about dams.
Villages always seem to be under them. But here (USA) we have some say.
Are you familiar with Arundahti Roy and her crusade against dams in India.
Although she wrote "The God of Small Things" she's known now for her activism.

(Chad Mitchell Trio....whew...it's been a while since I've heard them)
Jun. 21st, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
I've heard a couple of her lectures on Alternative Radio. I like the sound of her voice!
Jun. 20th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
Thanks! (More nature pics for my desktop ;)
Jun. 20th, 2006 07:54 am (UTC)
Lovely photos and beautiful place.
Jun. 20th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Sorry to overlook all the magnificent nature stuff here but you and your family/friends are adorable people!

Jun. 21st, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Yay! Glad you liked them :-)

Wish I could have had Little Springtime in the pics as well (I'm not in either--I'm the photographer!)
Jun. 23rd, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Amazing pictures! Have been following your journal from even before I joined up and have enjoyed ALL of them so much. You are a brilliant photographer. What makes your photographs even more interesting is that they are like little lessons, without really seeming to be so! I have learnt so much already. Thank you so much for sharing!
Jun. 24th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: Wonderful...
I'm so glad you like them! I'm especially touched and pleased that you were reading my journal even before having your own--I found as soon as I started keeping the journal, I was surprisingly eager to have readers! Do you feel that way? I wonder if most of us do...

My photos are aren't really so good; I'm just lucky to have great subject matter! My friend heyes is an excellent photographer. He posts a lot at flickr (I think his username is the same there)--some are snapshots of family and friends, but sometimes he does very interesting shots of the textures of daily objects, or beautiful shots of natural things--when he takes a photo of something, you see with whole new eyes!

I'll keep posting my photos, such as they are, though--and I'll be happy thinking of you enjoying them :-)
Jun. 24th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: Wonderful...
You know something...(*whispers into asakiyume's ears*), I check my mail more than three times as many as I would have done earlier, just to see if new comments have been added. Not just that, I have been actively promoting my journal... telling all my friends to go and take a look. Yes, I most certainly feel eager to have readers, but then, I also feel that if I want readers, I might have to discuss more 'global' issues rather than those very specific to my daily life (as I seem to be doing now)! Do you get that feeling as well? Having said that, my first thoughts still go back only to events that happened in my life on a given day. I guess I still have to travel quite an LJ distance before I begin spouting on bigger issues that promise to make an impact on someone/something!
Jun. 24th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful...
I check my mail more than three times as many as I would have done earlier, just to see if new comments have been added. Yes, me too! And if there are no comments, I sometimes go to my friends' journals to see if any new comments have been added to discussions there :-)

Actually, I think I like reading people's observations from daily life very much--so don't feel pressed to write on larger topics! I loved what you wrote about sorting through your stuff. And one of the things that first made me love deponti's journal was her story of one boy teaching another to ride a bike, and using her as an example :-) (Made me laugh!)
Jun. 24th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful...
Hahaha... It feels so nice to know that I am not alone in enjoying little tidbits from peoples' lives. I have shared some more from mine. Hope you enjoy those as well.

deponti is a brilliant, quickwitted and truly inetersting person. She makes me laugh so much all the time when we are together! And she writes equally well too.

I love coming home at the end of the day knowing that there will be several interesting posts to read on LJ, especially yours, deponti 's and shortindiangirl 's! (though she seems to have taken a bit of a break thanks to her new job, I presume)
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