Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Making More Tracks Along the Yantic River

Even though it wasn't as warm as I would have liked it to be yesterday, it beat Monday's cold wind and temperatures by a mile so after spending most of the day puttering around in the house and doing things like baking a cake - a slice of which is pictured to the left for those of you who requested photographic proof! - I decided to throw on a couple of layers, grab my camera, and head out into the chilly but beautiful blue evening air.
I actually did have a goal in mind ... last week while Amanda and I were walking around the Yantic Cemetery, I caught a glimpse of a railroad bridge over the river that runs behind the cemetery. When the leaves are out, you can't see it and would never know it was there but with still no leaves to speak of (but there are buds a'plenty!) I saw not only the bridge but a place I could park and then hike in a bit to gain access to the bridge.
This was my target for the evening ... not much as far as bridges go but it looked like a good spot to take some pictures. It was kind of quiet and a tad bit creepy out there in the woods by myself and I kind of wished I had brought Amanda with me but I hadn't so I was just going to have to press on by myself. After all, just because I was in the woods behind the cemetery way off the beaten path didn't mean I needed to be a wimp!
This is the Yantic River as seen from the top of the railroad bridge and looking east. I'm not sure how deep the water is here and wasn't in any great hurry to find out so I was really careful walking over the bridge.
I don't know what it is about me and railroad tracks lately - I must be channeling my Grandpa Joe who was my Dad's father and a big wheel at the railroad out in Kansas back in his day. I don't remember which railroad he worked for (I'll have to ask my Uncle Alton) but I do remember him taking us for a ride in an engine one time when we were out there visiting. My mother's father was always a big fan of railroads, too, so I guess I must come by it naturally!
I was feeling adventerous and even climbed down underneath the bridge to take a picture or two. Of course, once I climbed down there, I was wondering whether I was going to be able to climb back up or not but I managed without slipping even once!
Down a little ways from the bridge on the other side of the river is a big ole pile of railroad ties ...
... I can only imagine how many snakes and rats and other things are living in there amongst all the leaves and debris. Ugh! I wonder how long they've been sitting there? I'm not quite sure what those pieces of metal are that look like an 'S' are on the ends of some of the railroad ties. Anyone know?
On the other side of this railroad tunnel is the Upper Yantic Falls that I've posted pictures of at least several times. This was the first time I'd seen the tunnel from this side but underneath looked just as muddy as it does from the other side!
I thought this picture was kind of cool because you can see the setting sun shining in the trees on the other side of the tunnel. I was really kind of hoping a train might come through while I was there but alas - no such luck!
I took this shot of the trees reflected in the Yantic River while crossing back over the railroad bridge. If you were to climb up the hill where those trees are, you'd find yourself in the back part of the Yantic Cemetery as the trees that are reflected in the water all border the back edge of the cemetery.
Finally, this shot shows the tracks as they continue to make their way east along the river towards the village of Yantic, which is part of Norwich. There are a couple more railroad bridges up that way so chances are real good you'll be seeing pictures of them sometime, too! With any luck, there might actually be some greenery in the pictures rather than just bare branches!
I hope you enjoyed another Tuesday evening walk around part of Norwich with me. As the weather gets better, I'm hoping to get out to take more walks so perhaps this will become a regular Wednesday feature - in which case, I'll have to think of a good name for it! Any suggestions??


  1. Wow! There are several great shots there. You are getting so good even if it means being all alone in scary places.

    BTW, YOU had an Uncle Alton? I had an Uncle Alton. Are we doing the separated at birth thing again?

  2. Great photos... again!! Feels like I should have a train ride in my future.

  3. My fav is the second to last one. The hillside looks dead. But the reflection looks fibrant...

  4. Beautiful pics, Linda! Had no idea that you had "Railroading" in your blood, but it should've been apparent in your photos...!

    As for the "S's" on the railroad ties, the only person coming to mind who'd know is your fellow dispatcher. After all, he probably knows more about trains than I do about airplanes - and that's saying ALOT!

    Again, you manage to bring out the best of "Rose City" - even to jaded EMS folks who don't always see the "good" side of Norwich.

  5. Now I'm hungry for cake. Thanks. Looks really good.

    I love all the photographs. The thing that really stuck out for me was the fact that there isn't a sign of spring anywhere. Well, maybe the lack of snow, but everything looks so winter.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  6. I love those railroad shots, pass the cake

  7. Your photographs are getting better and better Linda, and you can make cake too! :)

  8. Hello dear Linda:-)

    Such beautiful pictures you took on this're braver than I am, I would have been too creeped out being alone in the woods! lol I've always been fascinated with railroad tracks as well, especially old ones that have been around for a long time. Any cake left???? xoxo

  9. Wow, spectacular. All the shots tell a story. I love your narration, too!

  10. Linda, you must be in one of the best places for photography!

  11. Another round of great pics, Linda.
    Although I have to express my concern that you went under a train trestle bridge by yourself in the woods by yourself!
    I'm pretty sure the S pieces of metal are put into the ends to keep the wood from splitting.
    Now, where's my piece of cake?!?

  12. Anonymous7:34 PM EDT

    You have a great eye for photographic composition, Linda. I really enjoyed this whole series. Things like bridges offer so many opportunities for photographic studies, and you took full advantage. Nice job.

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  14. i tried and tried to look at all the photos and read this but i just keep looking at that cake!

    smiles, bee

  15. I got distracted for a moment by the CAKE, but they you got me back on track with that picture through the tunnel. That's a real keeper!

  16. That is my absolute, complete, unadulterated kind of cake. I am sad that you didn't bring me any, after all, the Duchess of the Mid Afternoon Airwaves knows all!!!!

    And oh yeah, phenomenal pics as always.

  17. And bucky, she obviously ignored the hobo in the foreground!!!

  18. great tunnel shot with the sun and i always love reflective shots off looks like you had a perfect day with perfect light and you captured it so well...

  19. so, you climbed into the WOODS BEHIND THE CEMETERY ..... alone?????...........

    did you or did you not read Pet Cemetary? You should know better!!


    lovely shots.

  20. Oh I love these photos, and I would have loved to have been exploring with you. The old cemetery would have been something I enjoyed and these woods and the bridge is awesome.

  21. What a nice tour this was :o) I cannot wait for all the buds to bloom. At least the temps are slowly going up and the sun is shinning more and more so it should not take much longer.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Linda!

  22. Great photos, all! With all the changing leaves, rivers and railroads, it's very reminiscent of my own hometown in Pa...

    Have a great week, and thanks for sharin' these!

  23. My ex lived in front of an old indian cemetary which is also used by Harvard. It's where "what's left" goes from bodies donated to science. So cemetaries never bother me! Great photos, you had some light play there yourself today!

  24. Linda, this is just an outstanding set of photos. I'm so glad I decided to drop by and browse your blog tonight. I especially love the shot from underneath the bridge.

    And I would agree there are all manner of things living in that pile of railroad ties... but isn't it amazing how old railroad ties never seem to die?

    Tink *~*~*
    Fort Myers Beach Moon

  25. SPECTACULAR!!! I especially love the one of the view through the tunnel and the curve of the tracks.
    My brother is a train nut - literally. His darling bride got to visit a RR Museum on their honeymoon!
    I took my wildflower photos down by a deserted river, expecting a wild-eyed mass murderer to come after me. Oh, well. You can only photograph once!
    Seriously, these are fantastic photos, my dear!!!

  26. I just love Linda Tours... Takes me back to times with my grandma from when I was 5... we all messed around down at the tracks in the Yards in San Francisco.. it was fun

  27. Anonymous12:12 PM EDT

    *hypnotized by cake*

    huh? did you say something?

  28. I believe the "S-things" in the ties were there to provide support for the ties. It's a good chance that the pile you saw had been there for a long time.


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