Author: jmankowsky

Winsor Dam

The Winsor Dam and the Goodnough Dike impound the waters of the Swift and Ware Rivers, forming the Quabbin Reservoir, the largest water body in Massachusetts. The dam is one of the largest in New England.

A hilly walkway leads up to the dam.
View from one end of the top of the dam to the wide walkways and green spaces below.

Walking across the dam is a popular activity in the park.

Quabbin Reservoir as seen from one end of the dam. It is 18 miles long and up to six miles wide.
The 412 billion gallon reservoir is the largest man-made reservoir in the world devoted solely to drinking water supply.
From 1938-1946 four towns were flooded to create this vast reservoir. It supplies over 40% of Massachusetts with drinking water.

Water can form waves on windy days.

Tree of Life: Birch Through the Ages

On display at the Museum of Russian Icons In Clinton MA.

“As far back as the Stone Age, parts of the birch tree have been used across Northern Europe and Russia. Craftspeople and homemakers learned to use the tree for wallpaper, lumber, medicine, tea, shoes, writing paper, and other creative applications. Birch wood and bark quickly became a common material for more decorative forms of folk art as well. Woodcarving adorned buildings across Russia, and even the homes of peasants were decorated with spectacular birch carvings.”

Birch Box
Birch Figure

Rattle

Siberian artist Vladimir Tulyak created highly detailed and delicately hued icons from layers of birch bark.

The Madonna and Child

Christ the Teacher

Ammo Boxes Into Icons

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA has mounted a thought provoking exhibition that strongly supports Ukraine during its conflict with Russia.

Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton MA

From Artfix.com:

The Museum of Russian Icons presents Artists for Ukraine: Transforming Ammo Boxes into Icons, November 3, 2022 – February 13, 2023, an installation dramatically showcasing three Ukrainian icons painted on the boards of ammunition boxes by Oleksandr Klymenko and Sofia Atlantova, a husband-wife artistic team from Kyiv, Ukraine.

The project “Buy an Icon—Save a Life” was developed in response to the 2014 Russian invasion of Ukraine, when Klymenko encountered empty wooden ammunition boxes from combat zones and noted their resemblance to icon boards (doski). By repurposing the panels, the project strives, in the artist’s words, to “transform death (symbolized by ammo boxes) into life (traditionally symbolized by icons in Ukrainian culture). The goal, this victory of life over death, happens not only on the figurative and symbolic level but also in reality through these icons on ammo boxes.”

Michael the Archangel

Exhibitions of the ammo box icons have been staged throughout Europe and North America to raise awareness of the ongoing war in Ukraine. In addition, sales have provided substantial funds to support the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital, the largest nongovernmental undertaking to provide medical assistance to the Donbas region. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 strengthened the resolve of Atlantova and Klymenko to continue painting icons on boards taken back from the frontlines. To date, the project has raised more than $300,000.

A goal of the installation will be to help raise monies for the Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital.

Mother of God, Gate of Dawn

Bullet holes are visible.

The Savior on Camouflauge

Origami Christmas 2

Designs for a festive seasonal table can include Christmas ornaments, layered origami papers, tea lights and mirrors.

A star box is combined with a crane and Christmas Star.

Traditional cranes and swans gather around a star box.

Variations on shepherds and birds add interest to the scene.

Star boxes are among the simplest origami projects. Placing them on small mirrors enhances the design.

Multi-colored battery lights add charm through color variation.

Two contrasting interlocking papers make Ninja Stars.

This fox is friendly and well trained!

Origami designs make unique and personalized party favors and Christmas gifts.