Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Doubleday Mill Site - Petersham

For folks not fully convinced that New England is Mother Nature's fun house - with terra firma merely a chancy pleasantry, the rocky floor constantly shifting under one's feet and water appearing where none had flowed before - these two photographs are a stark reminder of how everything dry is wet again. Come Spring rains and mountain snow melt seeping toward the valleys, rocky stream beds once easily traversed become raging falls and rapids, the noise of pounding water meeting stone a din topping the transient sounds of the forest.

These photographs were taken in Petersham, at an old mill site owned by the Doubleday family for whom Doubleday Village - its residents long displaced by the creation of Quabbin Reservoir - was named. The stream is the East Branch of Fever Brook, one of the many tributaries that feed the reservoir.

A trickle of water defies the summer heat. (August 17, 2002)

Late spring and no sign of letting up... (June 8, 2002)

As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.

For more about Doubleday Village, check out the EWM post, A Hike to Doubleday Village.

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