Thursday, October 08, 2015

Big Old Trees

Washington, Connecticut

All of southern New England has been lumbered off twice since the Colonial era. Pictures from the late 19th century show the hills and valleys of Washington, CT, completely clearcut except for lines of trees left as windbreaks or scattered specimens left to provide shade near buildings. These two old trees in the lower section of Steep Rock Preserve are about as big as you find in the third-growth woods here.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Pathways in the Woods

Washington, Connecticut

All from Steep Rock Reserve.

This is an old railroad bed that runs through the lower section of the reserve, including this tunnel cut straight through the rock hillside.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Steep Rock, the Overlook

Washington, Connecticut

About 10:15 this morning. I had three hours of wonderful, not-quite-raining conditions which is just about my favorite kind of light. The fall colors are subdued this year with only a few bright reds and yellows, but the damp conditions make the soft colors rich and vibrant. (Click on the picture for a larger and better detailed view.)

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Washington, Connecticut

Steep Rock, Hidden Valley Reserve this morning. After the heat and dry weather it looks as though we'll have a subdued fall season with more brown than bright colors.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Ansonia, Connecticut

I saw this a few weeks ago while driving north on limited-access highway Rt. 8, but didn't have time to circle back to reach the small feeder road where it's located. Yesterday I was back in the area and had time to get in close. The 'church signs' label nearly fits, though maybe I should begin a church billboards label since I've been seeing more along this line recently.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Brick Walls

Waterbury, Connecticut

The billboard tower in the first picture is there to be seen by travelers and commuters on I-84, which sails across the center of the city a hundred or more feet in the air. The west side of the Naugatuck river valley is steep at this point, far more gradient than allowed in Interstate Highway design. So they built a huge elevated roadway right through the city, just a couple blocks south of the large town green.