Friday, March 21, 2014

Falls in Spring

I'm documenting the onset of spring at Chapel Brook Falls, a series of cascades along Chapel Brook at a TTOR conservation property in Ashfield, MA. The site is located about 12 minutes up the road from me, and is one of my favorite local places to set out on fun trail runs, chill out atop a ledge with a view, or just sit and listen to the sounds of the waterfall. I've also posted several of the shots on my flickr site. My intention is for this to be a progressive blog post, with updates every few days, or as often as I can get back up there. Newest additions will be here at the top.

April 14

Only a little bit of ice left on the fringes now...

Chapel Brook Falls in western MA (photo by Ben Kimball)
the upper falls

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video of the upper falls

the upper upper falls

April 10

A little over a week has passed since my last visit (how did that happen??) and it seems like just the right amount of time to show noticeable change. Most of the snow has melted on the surrounding hillsides, but a decent fringe of ice remains, especially on the north-facing side of the brook.

upper falls (compare to March 29)

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upper falls

video
lower falls

April 1

After a couple of warm days and some steady rain, the flow is high and the ice has been broken.

Chapel Brook Falls in western MA (photo by Ben Kimball)
upper falls, all the way open now

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the upper falls flowing free

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the lower falls emerge

March 29

Very little in the way of development this past week. It got really cold again a few days after my last update, and I suspect some of it froze back up again. Today, the falls appeared just slightly more open than 8 days ago. 

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30 second video of the lower falls (now slightly less frozen over)

Chapel Brook Falls in western MA (photo by Ben Kimball)
upper falls, taken with the 12-24mm Tokina lens (1.3 exposure at f/20, 100 ISO)

March 21


Chapel Brook Falls in western MA (photo by Ben Kimball)
close up of the upper falls, taken with a Nikon f/1.8 50mm lens (1.6" exposure at f/16, 64 ISO)

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 30 second video of the upper falls

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 30 second video of the lower falls (still mostly frozen over)

March 19


wide angle view of the upper falls, using a 12-24mm Tokina lens that I really need to clean.

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