10.14.2019 Working both sides of the road

I’ve driven this road so many times over the years.  It’s one of the three routes I travel to get home from North Quabbin. And I have meant to stop and make images but something always discouraged me.  Light, time of year, messy surroundings, each an excuse to not stop as once I am on my way home I have that goal in mind…so many chores are waiting for me.

Yesterday I was more relaxed.  Still having much to do, but also appreciating the difference in my situation from one year ago. I managed to do a fair amount of shooting yesterday and still got a lot of outdoor work accomplished.  So I finally stopped and am glad that I did.

Plympton Brook Pond in Wendell, MA.

As you can see, we’re peaking for color here now.  Not everywhere. but much of the Quabbin area has quite filled with the bright hues of Autumn. We’ve also had a lot of cloud cover lately too.  But there have been blue skies with interesting clouds and those images are coming soon.

Across the road from this view of the pond is what has really had my attention for a while. I think the bridge has been replaced as I seem to remember it being more closed and blue.  Since I never bothered to stop before I have to rely on my memory…always a shaky proposition.

Tyler Pond Bridge

I am not sure of the name.  What you see here is a connector of sorts between Plympton Brook and Tyler Ponds. It might be Plympton Brook as well. Under the bridge appears to be some sort of wooden water flow controller.  The brighter section seems to be a sliding lift gate. This is private property so I didn’t go in to explore.

This reminds me of the famous Somesville Bridge, one of the attractions near Acadia N.P.  I’ve linked to a collection of images of that bridge.  It’s another location I’ve never photographed although for a different reason. As you can see from the link, it’s been shot to oblivion.  I don’t always let that stop me from shooting something popular, but for that reason I haven’t there.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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21 Responses to 10.14.2019 Working both sides of the road

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Stunning colours and lovely bridge reflection!

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  2. You’re fortunate to have fall foliage so close at hand. We’re glad to find you, too, in good color this fall.

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  3. Todd Henson says:

    I spent a number of years of my youth not that far from you, and one of the things I miss from that time were the more vibrant colors this time of year. I appreciate you sharing these and bringing back some good memories.

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    • Glad to rekindle those memories, Todd. I believe you do have some color, maybe not quiet as riotous as the northeast, down your way. If you have a chance I’d love to see some of yours in a post some day.


  4. shoreacres says:

    We’re still so warm and green it’s hard to realize how much change has been taking place in other parts of the country. These colors are glorious, and the bridge and its reflection are especially nice. The first thing that came to mind was Monet’s painting of the waterlily pond with the Japanese bridge. You mentioned remembering this bridge as blue; I wonder if the people who built it originally painted it some shade of blue as a tribute to Monet’s painting.

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    • Yes, this would bring Monet to mind. I have seen the other so many times that it was my first thought, but I am glad you reminded me of Monet’s.
      It is possible the original owners thought of Monet, but the bridge was built differently before the present condition and I only saw it in disrepair with not much in the way of a garden nearby. I don’t know if a lot of people tried to get a closer look at the bridge but there are a few no trespassing signs and a chain across the driveway.
      As much as I like the bridge, the tree and its reflection are what got me to finally stop.

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  5. I am so glad you stopped. You seem to have a knack for putting me in the picture where I cannot only see, but smell and hear and feel.

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  6. M.B. Henry says:

    There’s some fall colors! Beautiful pics.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    So beautiful, Steve! I’m glad you stopped, and more glad you felt good enough to stop. 🙂 What color! A feast or the eyes – I know, it’s a cliche, but it’s true. Thank you for the treat.

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    • Clichés happen for a reason, so I welcome your use of one. 🙂

      Thank you for the comment about my health and the image too. I’m really enjoying this autumn after the last. Most of my fellow local photographers said it was a dud but still they found pockets that were worth capturing. I’m trying to make the most of the time when I don’t have to be at work.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Excellent idea – make the most of it (another appropriate cliche, right?). I never liked the notion of a particular Fall season being “a dud.” It is what it is, there is no need to expect or look for anything other than what is there. Your mind just manufactures disappointment when you compare something to something else. And it’s not so hard, really (as you know) to uncover beauty in almost any situation. This whole idea of rating the trees’ color is very wrong-headed. Just get outside and LOOK. That’s what you do, and I wish that was the message that the weather forecasters and others who talk about Fall color would transmit to the public. And one’s experience is one’s own experience, no need to look through someone else’s eyes. OK, time to get down off the soapbox.

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      • I agree. But I also understand that in many cases the reports are meant to encourage travel and tourism. It would be nice if that encouragement was more to get folks to enjoy the sight of nature, but I guess it is mostly to generate tourist dollars for those who rely on people visiting their communities and spending in the shops and restaurants. For some livelihoods it is key. I usually add a little to the local wealth in a general store having a snack or two. 🙂

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  8. There is not a place that can compare with the beauty of your photos here. Reflection of the trees in the water is beautiful all of its own. Gee are you fortunate to have so much beauty to see every fall.

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  9. Exactly the colors one associates with autumn in New England, Steve. Lovely scenes.

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