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Today’s Bridge. April 17, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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I’ve been working on the replacement of a bridge over the Middle Branch of the Westfield River:

The bridge is resisting collapse with a decided lack of enthusiasm, and I’m sure even that level of cooperation with human designs is grudging and finite.  So The State is replacing it, and I’m doing the layout.

Despite the hour-in-each-direction drive, I love this job.  This branch of the Westfield cascades down a narrow valley, coursing between vertically-laid planes of the native schist, carving smooth fin-like boundaries for its deep green channels.  And every short ways, the surrounding hills add their contributions to the flow:

And wildlife is abundant – I’ve seen deer, wild turkeys and a very large otter on my drives to and from work, as well as hawks and vultures (those cuties!)  Still waiting for a bear, though.

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1. sherry - April 17, 2008

i’d love to see an otter in the wild!

everything else, i’ve got here.

the river tho, your river is so clean!

2. littlebangtheory - April 17, 2008

Yeah, it’s a miles-long succession of spectacular, shaded swimming holes on a hot summer day.

More to come as I explore the area!

3. Pagan Sphinx - April 17, 2008

Oh, yeah! The Westfield brings back so many memories. Fun spot for getting wet, stoned, picnicking and rock hopping.

Nice, nice shots.

4. littlebangtheory - April 18, 2008

A: Yes, yes, yes and yes.

And thanks!

5. DCup - April 18, 2008

Those views are incredible. I can see why you love it.


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