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Frozen Matabesett River

In a previous post I showed viewers one of the local fresh water marshes, frozen at this time year. Rather cold and almost intimidating.

I went back a few days later to see if I could find a trail around the marsh towards the river. I did find a hidden path and it took me to the banks of the mighty Matabesett.

Best to explain a New England river to our long distance readers. If you can’t jump across, it must be a river. Matabesett is a little bigger, only 16 miles long, but fairly narrow in some places.  There are marshes along the way to confuse where the river bank really is.

Maine, the large New England state, has many ‘ponds’. The Mediterranean would be a ‘pond’ in Maine.

Not being a native New Englander I will leave you to draw your own conclusions.

The images here are from my walk along the trails by this river named for a native American tribe (also known as “Black-hill Indians”) that inhabited the Middletown Connecticut area.

Frozen Connecticut River, January 2015

It seems a little early, however, here it is. The Connecticut river frozen across.

This image gallery was shot on Saturday, January 10, 2015. It was also cold, temperatures around 15 – 18 degrees.

Several images view the river north towards Hartford, CT, the others are facing east to Glastonbury.

The Swan added a nice touch to a few pictures. I have no idea when he got there. One shot I took was of the open area with gulls, I turned shot north, then back facing east. Just a few steps and turning. Suddenly a Swan was in my view finder.

The Swan flew in, landed, and started to trumpet in a matter of seconds! Never saw him coming.  I sure would haved loved to capture his landing in that puddle. But that is how photography is. A bunch of frustration, and a few nice shots.

Harkness Mansion, Connecticut


The mansion was formerly Eolia, the estate of Edward Harkness, heir to a fortune initiated by his father Stephen V. Harkness’s substantial investments in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, who purchased the mansion in 1907.

From 1918 to 1929, extensive improvements were made by landscape designer Beatrix Jones Farrand. Eolia was left to Connecticut in 1950 and became part of the State Park system in 1952.

Eolia mansion always reminds me of the 1920’s. You half expect the Great Gatsby to arrive.

The grounds have large open fields, salt marshes, rocky shores, and even a small beach.

The marsh is home to Osprey in the spring, other water fowl all year long.

The following shots were taken from spring of 2014 through year end.

Old East Cemetery, Cromwell Connecticut

Cromwell has 2 cemeteries. The oldest is called the East cemetery.


(correction below)

This past weekend we had a small snow storm and it seemed the perfect time to wander through and photograph it using the snow as a back drop.

About halfway through my fingers were numb, and was pretty well soaked in general. So the shots here are from the ‘North’ of the ‘East’ cemetery. I’ll come back in the spring and finish.

1/21/2015 correction: I have only lived here for around 18 years so pardon my inaccuracies (aka ignorance). Cromwell CT has a third and older cemetery. Entrance shows 1776, so probably pre-revolution. Will shot it and post here.

Connecticut Foundry, Rocky Hill

Follow the old river side rail road tracks, or the road to the Rocky Hill ferry, and you will find the last remains of the Connecticut Foundry Co.


Several industrial buildings stood here beside the Connecticut River from 1835 to 1881, when a huge foundry was built.

After a fire in 1918 a new foundry was built and remained until 1983. The company made a wide variety of items of cast iron, from range oil burners, piston-ring moldings and lawn mower parts to bookends and decorative plaques.  Much has been torn down now, the last buildings and rails are to be demolished in 2015.

It seemed appropriate to shoot here using black and white.