When autumn arrives…
I will tell those who will listen, “limit your plans for that day”, “Put a couple events on the autumn schedule and get the fall foliage”, “Don’t spend the entire day from sun-up to sun-down driving in search of fall foliage colors”. 🙂
In other words don’t do what I do. I usually will leave Salem early 3AM and get up into the North Country and begin looking for the best color. If I have Lisa with me I plan differently because she doesn’t want to drive for hours without getting out of the car she wants to see sights and things we haven’t seen.
These times are usually when I find my best photos. On one hand it’s because I don’t just have fall colors; I will usually have a covered bridge or maybe a small village to explore.
This article covers one day, 10 October 2014. I was working full time and Thursday/Friday were my weekend so we hit the road after Lisa left work on Thursday and we drove to Lebanon NH. On Friday morning my first shot of the day was 0658hours and the last was 1747hours. (6:58AM to 5:47PM for non-military types)
This did not end my day; I still had to drive from Historic Deerfield Massachusetts to Salem (2 hours or so). This breaks so many of my rules that I can’t even begin to count them all,biggest is safety.
That is over 12 hours on the road driving and I was dangerously tired by the time I was trying to navigate my way into Deerfield and I had a long way to get home. I also had to be up and at work in the morning at my National Park Ranger job.
Starting the day at the Jenne farm (6:58 AM)
We got to the Jenne farm around 0645 and I got in line. You see, dawn is the time that the classic shot happens that all photographers want to capture. As I already have an article written on the Jenne farm please click and you can see my shots of an amazing dawn there. We only stayed until 0740 and we hit the road in search of covered bridges. Lisa had the Vermont gazetteer out and was plotting our course.
The Bowers covered bridge (8:14 AM)
The Bests and Bowers covered bridge became our next objective. The bests covered bridge is just off Route 44 on Churchill road and we then proceeded to the Bowers bridge on Bible Hill road.
The Bowers covered bridge was probably renovated in either 2013 or early 2014 as the wood hasn’t faded to a grey patina that I like to see in my covered bridges.
In fact as I walked down the long the Mill brook I found a piece of wood that appeared to have come from the covered bridge during the last repair/renovation from hurricane Irene
Cornish Windsor covered bridge (8:50 AM)
The Cornish Windsor covered bridge stretches across the Connecticut River between Windsor Vermont and Cornish New Hampshire.
This is the longest covered bridge in New England at almost 450 feet in total length. I think the preferred view of this covered bridge is from the New Hampshire side and up the road a little ways to the North on 12A.
There are several places to pull over and walk back towards the bridge to create a shot where you can capture the full length of the bridge along with Mount Ascutney rising majestically in the distance.
These images were taken around 9:30 in the morning. And I’ve seen really good shots in the afternoon from about the same position, so no matter when you get here you should go to get a good shot.
The Dingleton Hill covered bridge (9:51 AM)
a few minutes away from the Cornish Windsor bridge is the Dingleton Hill covered bridge. Just head South on 12A and shortly you’ll see 12A break off from townhouse road. Follow that to the top of the hill and you’ll find the Dingleton Hill covered bridge on the right-hand side. [Total distance 1.3 miles from last stop]
The Dingleton Hill covered bridge is also known as the Cornish Mills Bridge. It was built by James Tasker of Cornish New Hampshire around 1802. The sides are open with vertical boards, and has a gabled roof of either red or Rusty metal (hard to tell).
Do not be in a hurry to photograph this covered bridge! I only took a few pictures of this covered bridge myself and I just noticed online, that going through the covered bridge and up onto the adjoining road and looking back makes for an excellent view of this covered bridge catching both the opening and the side of the covered bridge.
This takes us up to 10 AM and we still have the rest of the day to go…
Next week will continue up the road to the blacksmith covered bridge. If you have any questions about the places that I’ve mentioned today, let me know.
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