Monday, April 6, 2009

Three Mohawk Trail views

This Sunday was supposed to be Eric Talbot's first day of road riding on a motorcycle, but the scheduling didn't work out. Hopefully we'll get to it this week. I did manage to get out on Sunday, though, and took a ride up the Mohawk Trail, one of my favorite riding roads, and stopped a few times to take photos with which I could make panoramas. Actually, only two of these qualify as views from along the Mohawk Trail -- this first one is from Shelburne Falls, at the glacial potholes, which is about a half mile off the Trail.

As you can see, there was a lot of water coming over the damn that day. It was quite an impressive sight (and sound).

Somewhere past Charlemont, I pulled over to take a break and look at this river.

I'm fascinated by rushing water, and in the spring there is quite a bit of snow melt feeding the rivers in this area. There's something about the color of the water that I find quite beautiful.

Further up the Trail, just below the "Eastern Summit", I stopped near a now-closed gift shop to take shots of this vista.

If you look closely, you can see off in the distance the Bear Swamp Generating Station.

The only visible part of this project is the body of water on top of the mountain, which is regularly drained and refilled to generate electrical power.

Here's a closer view of that area. -- PL


~ tOkKa said...

-->> " glacial potholes ?? "

PL said...

"~ tOkKa said...
-->> " glacial potholes ?? ""

As I understand it, these are holes worn into rock surfaces through abrasion from water and smaller rocks over many millennia as the glaciers which had previously covered this part of North America retreated. They're quite lovely. -- PL

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..somerthing philisophically "Bruce Lee" about that.