Slowed

sand deposit flow pattern putney vtAn attention-getting flow patterns the face of a sand deposit near the river. Very fine silty particles, perhaps with a bit of clay, form drips and cascades across the exposed bank in a textured display of static motion.

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Past

boston and maine sacketts brook overpass putney vtThe stone arch over the flat water of Sackett’s Brook carries the Connecticut River Line over a desolate marsh, isolated from the village of Putney by time and change. Built around 1850 for the Vermont Valley Railroad, later the Boston and Maine and now the New England Central, this quiet span lies north of Kathan’s Ferry and the former depot.

Somber

great meadows harvested november putney vtThe grays and browns of November cloak the fields as winter draws nigh. These meadows were farmed by the native people for hundreds of years before the English ventured up the river from Connecticut and Massachusetts nearly three centuries ago.

Return at Dusk

great meadows putney railroad underpassLeaving the Great Meadows in East Putney, Vermont after a solitary hike in mid-November. The only access is by a farm road through the 160-year-old stone railroad underpass into another, older world.