|Spring Sunset, Dummerston, Vermont
Living in Chesterfield New Hampshire, I am fortunate to have easy access both to New Hampshire's Monadnock Region and southern Vermont. There has been much written about the differences between Vermont and New Hampshire. Vermont has the reputation as a softer, rolling countryside while New Hampshire is know for its more dramatic and craggy mountains. Clearly these are silly distinctions, more related to marketing than reality, but there are subtle differences, more in feel than geography. I would be hard pressed to put that difference into words, but I'm just happy to be able to sample both on an easy basis.
When I head out on a shoot my first decision comes at the end of the driveway where I must choose to turn left for New Hampshire or right for Vermont. It is an interesting choice since traditionally the political directions of the states have been the opposite. It is well understood that the progressive regions of New Hampshire are those that touch Vermont and that is fine for me. As I cross the Connecticut River into Vermont one of my favorite nearby places to explore is Dummerston and this week I would like to highlight some of the best photographic attractions of this lovely and peaceful slice of classic Vermont landscape.
Dummerston lies just across the Connecticut River from Chesterfield,
|Dummerston Back Road
|Hay Rake Mist
1) Dummerston Covered Bridge
|Dummerston Covered Bridge
2) Black Mountain
Just downstream from the covered bridge Black Mountain rises dramatically above the north bank of the river and is part of the 593
|Pitch Pine on Black Mountain Summit
3) Stickney Brook Falls
One of my favorite nearby cascades is along Stickney Brook just before it reaches the West River. The area features a series of short falls and cascades as the brook tumbles past the location of a old mill site. The intensity of the falls vary greatly depending on the weather and supply of water. It is especially exciting during spring run-off or any time after a heavy rain. During the summer, the Brook's pools are a popular refuge from the heat. The falls are easy to find on Stickney Brook Road off of route 30.
|Scott Farm Orchard & Mt Wantastiquet
|Dwight Miller Orchard
|Connecticut River from Scott Farm
|Scott Farm Rainbow
6) Walker Farm
In season drop by Walker Farm on Route 5. The farm well deserves its ranking as one of Yankee Magazine's top 5 Nurseries and Garden Centers in New England. The farm stand is always packed with the best seasonal fruits and vegetables, but my favorite is the extensive green houses, whose colorful flowers provide a desperately needed splash of spring just when I need it most. I've talked before about using the greenhouses to cheat with my flower photography. Within the shelter the blooms are always softly lit and there is no wind to smear my long exposures. The staff is always helpful. Just be sure your tripod doesn't trip the customers!
7) Rudyard Kipling
Dummerston is also the location of "Naulakha" , Rudyard Kipling's
|Dawn Pasture, Dummerston