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Today’s Bridge. April 9, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Smith Road in Chester, Massachusetts is guarded by this rusting, slightly sagging span, perched as it is on a natural ledge and a forty-foot stone wall:

The first time I drove across it (and watched the water rushing by below through the metal-grate deck) I wondered about my judgment, despite having been assured that it was “safe.”

But hey, we’re replacing it, so don’t worry at all.Β  πŸ˜‰

It’s really in an amazing spot, where the Westfield River runs deep and cool through a steep-sided valley, hopping drop after drop on its way to the sea.

The whole place is a living history lesson, a succession of old mill walls and foundations:

And the water below runs through shadow and sunlight, the schist reflecting back the greens of the engulfing hemlocks, the smooth quartzite adding touches of orange to the palate:

The warm sun and cool shade played with me today, teasing me with promises of more.

And I really do want more.

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1. sherry - April 10, 2008

oh my, how amazing. i can see why you wander with your camera!

the last is almost like my being right there.

2. Burning Prairie - April 10, 2008

I love the bridge! There’s an old trestle bridge on my favorite road. They blocked it off and moved the road so we can’t drive on it anymore (which suits Hubby) but they left it. People fish off of it now. I love, love, love old bridges.

3. Pagan Sphinx - April 10, 2008

I had good friends who lived in Chester and I myself lived in that area for a time. It’s nice along The Westfield.

These are great shots.

4. littlebangtheory - April 10, 2008

sherry, yes, that picture makes me culd up to my ankles! πŸ™‚ The local rivers are so green and lush this time of year, in a brisk and bracing way.

BP, it’s my understanding (from an old lady who lives nearby) that the University of Massachusetts intends to lift this old span off its bearings and transport it to UMass/Amherst, to be installed as a display of How It Used To Be Done. As a former student in their Civil Engineering program, I find that pretty cool!

PS, this is the Middle Branch of the Westfield, running between Worthington and Middlefield and Huntington. It’s just down river from Glendale Falls, if that rings a bell.

Thank you all for noticing and commenting!

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