|Another Gulf Road "Transient"|
In New England, every season offers its special photographic opportunities. Autumn’s spectacular colors and winter’s quiet white blanket provide obvious attractions, while late falls “stick season” … well we must nap sometime. Spring typically is valued both for the beautiful and varied early foliage, and also for the waterfalls that surge in response to the seasonal rains and spring run-off.
|Garwin Falls, 2018|
In recent years, I have scheduled a spring waterfall workshop for mid-May. It is the best time of year to celebrate the flowing water in my corner of New England, but this year I had to cancel my plans. First because the pandemic was still limiting close interactions and secondly because our unusually dry spring reduced the streams to disappointing trickles.
We finished May and June with severe drought conditions, but since the weather in New England never stays the same for long, we have been drowned in July. Suddenly our streams and waterfalls have gushing at a time when the water is usually drying up for the hot summer months.
|Old Jelly Mill Falls, Dummerston Vt|
For several weeks I have been enjoying the late season flowing water. Familiar waterfalls such as the Old Jelly Mill falls on Stickney Brook in Dummerston Vermont and Chesterfield Gorge in my home town, have been as active as I have ever seen. And, of course, the water has found its way into our leaky stone-lined basement. Happily, our sump pump has been working hard to reduce what might have been 4-6 inches to just about 1 inch of water.
|An Inch in the Basement|
|Route 30 Falls|
|Fallen Arch July 2021|
MadameSherri Forest in Chesterfield New Hampshire is most famous for the arched stairway which is the only remains of the Madame 1920’s summer party house. Sadly, and inevitably, the recent storms appear to have been the last straw, resulting just a couple of weeks ago in the collapse of the top-most arch. Happily, the area continues to offer other points of interest. Next to the parking lot is the pond which had been the guest’s swimming hole. The pond normally drains slowly into Gulf Brook, but here as well, the rains have energized the outflow to a boiling surge.
|Madame Sherri Pond Outflow|
|Gulf Road "Transient"|
Gulf Road TransientsDown the road from Madame Sherri, along the Gulf Road, is my favorite collection of “transient” waterfalls. The road cuts through a deep gorge adjacent to the Gulf Brook, on its way to the Connecticut River. During heavy rains, at several spots along the way, waterfalls plunge down the hillside to disappear under the road and into the brook. When the weather is right you only need to stand in the road to capture these dramatic cascades dropping to your feet. It’s easy shooting, but you may be forced to dodge the heavy trucks and bucket loaders as they repair the washed-out dirt road.
|"Transient after a couple of dry days|
The important thing is to time it right. Within a day or so of dry weather the show is largely over and we are back to a dry stream bed, or at most a trickle.
|Another Gulf Road Transient|
|Boiling Gulf Brook|
|Wilde Brook, Chesterfield Gorge|
So, I got my waterfall season, just a month late. July is almost over and the rain hasn’t stopped yet. I don’t know if this is the new, globally warmed, normal, but with the rain pouring down today, I guess I’ll be out shooting the falling water again tomorrow.
So get out and capture the falling water whenever nature delivers, and keep track of the “Transient” waterfalls in your area.
Jeff Newcomer, NEPG