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Respectful Snow

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

The following is presented with my utmost respect and gratitude.

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Winter Hike Black and White

We found a new place in the northeast part of Connecticut to explore by chance. Driving along small local roads has been the source of several great finds. The Joshua land trust is one.

The Joshua’s Trust land trust has over 4,000 acres of protected land in Connecticut. This non-profit organization protects the land, maintains trails for the public, and offers educational outreach programs.  Connecticut has over 130 land trust organizations, 3rd highest in the US.

Path at Joshua Trust
Path at Joshua Trust

Joshua was the son of the famous Mohegan chief Uncas (see James Fennimore Cooper’s book ‘The Last Of The Mohegans’).  Land grants of the early settlers were provided by Uncas and his heirs in this area of Connecticut. The trust was named in honor of Joshua. Attawanhood was his Mohegan name. He died in 1676.

Path at Joshua Trust
Path at Joshua Trust

 

As usual it was cold, deep snow, and this day some wind. Nothing moved around the lake or woods. In the distance a large woodpecker beat on a hollow tree. Absolute quite otherwise.

Black and White seems appropriate here.

 

Connecticut Country Barns

Snow and country barns. What is more New England. This is actually my second series of barn photographs this winter. A ‘Red Barn‘ article was the first.

I have to assume that we should have some sun and warmer weather in the near future. So, here are a few more snowy country barns from around the Connecticut River valley.

Country Barn
Country Barn

 

Connecticut River Railroad Bridge

For some time now I have wanted to get a closer look at the ‘swing’ railroad bridge that crosses the Connecticut river between Middletown and Portland.

The Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge is a swing truss bridge. I looked that up online.

Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge

The bridge is used by the Providence & Worcester Railroad to serve two customers in Portland. Since the bridge is usually left open, it appears to be inactive. However, trains do cross the river carrying paper products and demolition debris.

Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge
Providence and Worcester Railroad Bridge

I have never seen a train cross this bridge. I think the middle section will swing closed and connect each side of the bridge. It looks rusty, ancient, and generally from another era. The frozen river ice and snow made the bridge even more interesting to me. The colors from the river and snow just push the rust and old wood shades from the bridge structure.

Having no mechanical apptitude at all I find the whole thing fascinating. I have no clue how it works, but there is a small wooden hut attached to one side. I assume someone climbs in there and runs the thing when a train is scheduled. How they get in that little shack is a mystery.

Again, from another era.

Frozen Dawn On The Connecticut River

For photographers dawn and sunset are the ‘golden’ hours, the best lighting of the day. However during the winter dawn also is usually the coldest hours.

I had always believed the rising sun would start to warm the day. I’m baffled because the sun rise always starts a drop in temperature. Not for very long, but it happens, and it’s just wrong.

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Dawn Frozen Air Connecticut Winter

Yesterday, at dawn, any moisture in the air froze. Any exposed skin didn’t fair well either.

As the sun came up over the river the first light cast a blue color on everything. The snow and ice reflected this beautiful blue light.

Dawn On New England Farm
Dawn On New England Farm

Within a short time the light slowly shifted from blue to an incredible honey color.

7 Below Sun Rise Connecticut River
7 Below Sun Rise Connecticut River

The cold and wind finally pushed us to leave but the short time standing on the river bank was a great way to start the day.

 

Winter Stained Glass

Driving back from a trip looking for new places to shot once the snow is gone we spotted this. Actually it was behind a barn.

Please click the image to enlarge and see the full stained glass colors in the snow.

Snow and Stained Glass
Snow and Stained Glass

Looking around I found the barn and other buildings were owned by a church down the road. The building is a small private prayer chapel.

My Forgotten Doors

After viewing a great photo of a back door by Victor Rakmil Photography I remembered my own set of images.

Several months ago I organized shots taken of doors from a few different cities. Each was completely different than anything I had ever seen before. Every one had a story to tell.

A door here in Connecticut, USA, usually looks very much like all the other doors. Not so with these old, some ancient, doors.

Please click any image below to view in a larger size with more detail. I did my best, in the limited space, to explain a little about each entrance way.

None of these shots will win an award. That’s not what they were about. Photos like these are meant to share an experience with others.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

 

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Mannheim Germany, Popes Residence. The front door contains the Papal coat of arms. It is supported by the local church and has not been used in 100 years (at least)

 

Franciscan Door
Door at a Franciscan residence office in Mannheim. No other markings except for a small sign by a garage entrance and the coat of arms.

 

Basel Door
One (side) entrance to St.Catherine and St. Nicholas church in Basel Switzerland. The door is made of bronze or iron. Probably 10 or 12 foot tall at least. The archway carved stoned.

 

Basel Door
Basel Switzerland City Hall. One of 2 main doors in the courtyard. This one has the wonderful fountain. Built in approx 1100, painted vibrant colors and designs. It is still the city hall. This may be one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings in the world. As good, if not better, than anything Paris or Rome has to offer.
Boppard Germany
Boppard Germany, small hotel on side street near the Rhine river. I discovered this (Hotel Sturm) just walking along the city streets by the river.
Basel Door
Side street door from Basel Switzerland. Huge wooden doors, and great carved arch. At the base of the steps you can see the down spouts. No idea what or who is behind it.
Basel Door
Side street door from Basel Switzerland. I believe this was on the street as the previous door.
Fortress / Castle
Locked door to the ramparts in a fortress. Koblenz Germany. A huge fortress guarded the Rhine and Moselle rivers from high above.
Fortress / Castle
Courtyard door in the Koblenz Germany fortress. No detailed carvings or archway. Just solid wood and iron to keep you out. Or maybe ‘in’ depending on how you look at it. It got my attention.