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Bad Little Falls

Bad Little Falls
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Copyright: Jim Pinkham (jpinkham) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 3 N: 151] (685)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-23
Categories: River
Camera: HP Photosmart 945
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-09 16:52
Viewed: 3499
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Bad Little Falls" is a rough rendering of the name "Machias" in the Passamaquoddy tongue. Accordingly these cataracts along the river here match the names of both the community where they are situated and the river that runs through them.

The falls are in the center of town, along Maine's coastal highway. Just south of these falls, river water mixes with the inflowing tide, creating an estuary that offers habitat for eagles, osprey, softshell clams, migratory fish, shore birds, and sea birds.

The Machias river is important habitat to three species, in particular, Atlantic salmon (Salmo solar), American eel (Anguilla rostrata), and alewives (Alosa psuedoharengus).

The salmon, once abundant in New England rivers, are now found in only a few Maine rivers, including the Machias.

The eels, born in the Sargasso Sea, swim into estuaries such as the mouth of the Machias in late winter and early spring and may stay upwards of 25 years in a comfortable habitat before the urge to spawn sends them once again seaward.

Alewives return annually to spawning grounds in the Machias and East Machias rivers, migrating between the Bay of Fundy in the north and the Carolinas in the south during their ocean tenures. The return of the alewives to Maine rivers is a harbinger of spring. For centuries, they were a staple of the diet of New England's pre-European peoples. Even though they are not harvested much today, their numbers have declined.

(I am indebted to a plaque at the falls for the above information.)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-10 0:54]

Hello Jim,
This seems to be a very interesting place, and is in the middle of a town, amazing. I like the beautiful natural colours and the little light smog in the picture. Thanks also for your note
Best regards

An excellent location for the photographers perspective. Actually quite the nice high ground. It gives great feeling of the immensity of the whole area. A mixture of clear and some haze and fog as well..A mixed bag as it were.

One wouldn't know that this cataract runs through town. In that case you did a nice job of framing the image to make it look so wild. I like the fast shutter speed that enhances the tumbling water. For f2.9 you got awfully good depth of focus.

Evelynn : )

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