|"The MWRA Water System" |
(Credit: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority)
|Sample site locations|
The Quabbin is the western-most reservoir in the same drinking water system that includes the Wachusett Reservoir. I collected from two pine stands located in the southwest corner of the Quabbin Reservoir reservation along Old Enfield Road (which is now a gated service road).
|Site A cones|
|Site B cones|
As often happens on my spider collecting trips, I didn't see a soul during the working part of the day. But this time, out of curiosity (and looking for easily accessible pine cones, of course), I did visit the second final resting place of the 7,613 souls whose graves had to be disinterred and moved to higher ground during the reservoir's construction. I didn't find any cones, but I did find this massive, intriguing door beneath the pines that looked like it fell right off of a page of fantasy fiction.
|A door into the hillside at Quabbin Park Cemetery.|