This picture of the Salmon River was taken just before dusk on a very drizzly, foggy afternoon. The pinkish tinge was from the sunset that was hidden from view by the fog and clouds. You can see just a hint of blue sky peeking through the clouds in the upper left corner. I wanted to take more pictures, but I had to be elsewhere just when the light was starting to get interesting. I pulled my car over and walked to the middle of a bridge to take this picture, then took a few shots of the opposite side.
Then I was on my way.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I~
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Salmon River Covered Bridge
The covered bridge is getting a face lift. It’s been dismantled and will be reconstructed to better withstand the ravages of time. It’s only open to foot traffic, so I’m not sure why it needed such an extensive overhaul. Last time I was on it, it seemed pretty darn solid to me. But what do I know? In all likelihood, some group probably got themselves a big chunk of change (Translation: your taxes hard at work) and it was another case of “spend it or lose it.” So when it’s all said and done, the “old” covered bridge will look new, or at least until it starts to weather again.
This is the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT. I had a little time to kill and was over on the west side of the Connecticut river so I decided to see if I could get a good shot of the opera house. There was a river side park just opposite the Goodspeed that was deserted, so I had my choice of places to shoot from. Unbeknown to me, the matinee was only about thirty minutes from curtain time.
When I finished shooting I crossed the swing bridge, which is very quaint unless you get stuck waiting for a bunch of boats to pass when you have an appointment on the other side of the river. This day I lucked out and crossed the bridge with no delays. When I got to the other side there were lots of people milling about the outside of the theater and in the street. The swing bridge dumps into a tight elbow that houses two restaurants and an ice cream shop. People were casually wandering from the adjacent restaurants to the opera house.
One of the older restaurants has changed hands several times in the last few years, but seems to be doing better these days. I believe it used to be part of the opera house, but eventually became a separate enterprise that rose and fell with the local economy.
It seems a good deal of opera house patrons are elderly and with the rising cost of tickets, it’s possible many decided to forgo local pre-show dining options. I haven’t been in the Gelston House in years, but I remember it being quite elegant and costly. Perhaps it’s been scaled back since then to keep pace with the economy? Either way, the pictures from across the river show a pretty riverside place to dine either before or after a show.
Canon EOS 7D
Time: 1:15 PM
Focal length: 182mm