Quabbin Photo Field trip on May 31

There will be a field trip to the Dean pond area of Brimfield State Forest coming up later this week.  We will meet at 9 am at the parking lot. The lot has been re-opened thanks to efforts by Senator Brewer.

If you are coming south from Palmer on rt 32:

A bit past a BP station and diner on the left will be Chestnut Street (also on left). There will be a sign pointing toward camping.  There is a small medical center on the corner.  Take a left here. (I forget if there is a street sign)

Just over the RR tracks is a stop sign, make a slight left.  Follow this for about 3 miles from rt 32.  Dean Pond road will be on the right.

Unfortunately there is no sign from this direction.  You will be coming down a long hill and around a bend. There will be a mailbox and a white house on the right.  Turn right here.  If you overshoot you will come out to rt 20.  Turn around and there will be a sign.

Follow Dean pond Road through tornado devastation, past a small parking area near a waterfall, and the parking lot will be on the right. My car is a grey VW.

If you are coming “over the mountain” to Monson, you will get on 32 a bit south of Chestnut.  Turn left at the church.  The medical center and Chestnut Street will be on the right.  The follow directions as above.

If you are using GPS, beware:  Neither Google or Mapquest seem to know where this is.  If you program for Sutcliff road it will get you close enough.

Reply using the form on this page or use the email address that Gail sent (I can’t post it here because it will be grabbed by spammers).  Let me know if you are coming.

We will visit the ladyslipper area and then go about a mile to the heron rookery.  It is about a half mile walk to the lady slippers but only a couple of minutes to the rookery.


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Tour an Inland Cedar Swamp

On Sunday June 1 there will be a hiking tour of the White Cedar Swamp in Wilbraham Massachusetts.  This site is noteworthy as one of the furthest inland sites of an Atlantic White Cedar Swamp.   It starts at 1 pm at the parking lot of MacDonald Nature Preserve at the end of Washington Road in Wilbraham.

Note: Due to a scheduling mishap on my part, I will be unable to be at the walk. I was a guest leader, so the walk will still be taking place.


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Quabbin Photo Group Field Trip

I will be leading a Field Trip to Conant Brook Dam on the Monson-Wales border, on October 5th at 2PM and/or on October 27that 9AM. It is a real dam operated by the Corps of Engineers. There are a variety of photo opportunities in a short distance, no more than 10 minutes from the car.  The dam itself affords some nice views in both directions. The rocks that form the dam should offer many macro possibilities. At the other end is a damp meadow that should have lots of interesting seed heads at that time, and other macro opportunities. Waterproof footwear will be a good idea. And then there is the pond formed by the dam that should have some foliage shots available.  There are many trails that we may explore for short distances.

You can leave me a message here or use the contact info in the email that Gail sent. Members and guests of members are welcome.  Sorry for the delay in posting this.

Getting there is similar to going to Norcross for those who were on that trip.  Get to Monson, and head south out of town on route 32.  Look for a green road sign pointing left (there is no right turn) toward Wales. Make that left. In a short distance bear right at a fork. Look for the signs for the dam on the left.  The signs are not huge, but they are visible.  Turn left and drive to the parking area.  There is only parking for about 8 cars, so car-pooling is advised.

DO NOT access via Old Wales Road or Moores Cross Road.  They end at the reservation boundary.  Ignore any GPS instructions to use these roads.

 


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Quabbin Photo Field trip on May 19

There will be a field trip to the Dean pond area of Brimfield State Forest coming up later this week.  We will meet at 9 am across from the parking lot.  Be aware that the lot is closed and it will be a good idea to carpool.

If you are coming south from Palmer on rt 32:

A bit past a BP station and diner on the left will be Chestnut Street (also on left). There will be a sign pointing toward camping.  There is a small medical center on the corner.  Take a left here. (I forget if there is a street sign)

Just over the RR tracks is a stop sign, make a slight left.  Follow this for about 3 miles from rt 32.  Dean Pond road will be on the right.

Unfortunately there is no sign from this direction.  You will be coming down a long hill and around a bend. There will be a mailbox and a white house on the right.  Turn right here.  If you overshoot you will come out to rt 20.  Turn around and there will be a sign.

Follow Dean pond Road through tornado devastation, past a small parking area near a waterfall, and the parking lot (gate closed) will be on the right. There is room for 4-5 cars across from this.  My car is a grey VW.

If you are coming “over the mountain” to Monson, you will get on 32 a bit south of Chestnut.  Turn left at the church.  The medical center and Chestnut Street will be on the right.  The follow directions as above.

If you are using GPS, beware:  Neither Google or Mapquest seem to know where this is.  If you program for Sutcliff road it will get you close enough.

Reply using the form on this page or use the email address that Gail sent (I can’t post it here because it will be grabbed by spammers).  Let me know if you are coming.

Quabbin Photo Club Field trip

Update:  There was mentioned the possibility of a Thursday trip, but due to low numbers confirming and other projects, the Thursday trip is cancelled.

 

As described in the email distributed last week, there will be a field trip to the Dean pond area of Brimfield State Forest coming up later this week.  We will meet at 9 am at the parking lot.  Be aware that the lot is closed and it will be a good idea to carpool.

If you are coming south from Palmer on rt 32:

A bit past a BP station and diner on the left will be Chestnut Street (also on left). There will be a sign pointing toward camping.  There is a small medical center on the corner.  Take a left here. (I forget if there is a street sign)

Just over the RR tracks is a stop sign, make a slight left.  Follow this for about 3 miles from rt 32.  Dean Pond road will be on the right.

Unfortunately there is no sign from this direction.  You will be coming down a long hill and around a bend. There will be a mailbox and a white house on the right.  Turn right here.  If you overshoot you will come out to rt 20.  Turn around and there will be a sign.

Follow Dean pond Road through tornado devestation, past a small parking area near a waterfall, and the parking lot (gate closed) will be on the right. There is room for 4-5 cars across from this.  My car is a grey VW.

If you are coming “over the mountain” to Monson, you will get on 32 a bit south of Chestnut.  Turn left at the church.  The medical center and Chestnut Street will be on the right.  The follow directions as above.

If you are using GPS, beware:  Neither Google or Mapquest seem to know where this is.  If you program for Sutcliff road it will get you close enough.

Earlier this year, the entrance to Dean Pond Rd was closed.  It has been open the last few times I checked.  If it is closed, backtrack to East Hill Road and take a left.  Follow East Hill thru a tornado devestated neighborhood, past Westview farms and past Koran farms.  Take a left at the crossroad which is Munn Road.  Follow this.  There will be a large pond with dead trees on the right, just past this is Sutcliff Road on the left.  Sutcliff Rd is the other end of Dean Pond Road.  Take a left here and follow until you see the parking lot gates on your left.

We will actually be going to that large pond with the dead trees later in the morning.

Please email me – look in the cc of the email that Gail sent –  or use the contact form here to let me know you are coming.

Kevin