Quarries

By: Jconnphoto

Oct 19 2010

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Category: Nature, Season

3 Comments

Aperture:f/2.8
Focal Length:17mm
ISO:1000
Shutter:1/200 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 40D

Photo blog day sixty seven, October 19, 2010

I went to East Longmeadow, MA (click for the town’s website) to visit my grandmother and aunt today and while there I took my son out to see the Quarries since he had never been before.  The Quarries of East Longmeadow are somewhat famous for both their industrial history and the mystery of their past.  There are many sad tales about the Quarries that  may just be local folklore but I believe some of them are true.  When the Quarries were being dug to mine the famous red and brown sandstone it is said that the underground springs filled the holes so fast that men and their equipment were unable to escape a watery demise.  I have been told that much of the equipment was never recovered because in the depths of the Quarries it is so dark and uncharted the owners just gave up.  Then there are stories of local kids diving into the Quarries to swim on hot summer days and not coming back up.  Sad they may seem but they certainly give you a lot to think about when you are traipsing around in the surrounding forest.

From Wikipedia:  Historic places in East Longmeadow include the numerous red and brown sandstone quarries that gave the town its industrial beginnings and from which the original Smithsonian Institution building in Washington was mined, and the Elijah Burt House, The Seward Pease House and the First Congregationalist Church.

To me the Quarries are a very peaceful place to sit and be part of nature.  They are beautiful to look at with their steep walls of stacked stone and the precise edges proving that the water is deeper than it looks.

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3 comments on “Quarries”

  1. So beautiful Jess

  2. A beautiful photo! The brilliant blue of the reflected sky is breathtaking. Also love the way you captured the trees leaning in a bit and giving a canopy effect – very special. Your write such interesting commentary and your stories enhance the picture even more. Great work!

  3. […] RailRoad Station it was used for moving rock from any of the nearby quarries like the well known Red Stone Quarry (click here for my Quarry post) and brown stone from other quarries. The Rail Road has been […]


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