Vermont has more covered bridges per square mile than any other state in the United States. An official covered bridge is not determined by age, but the method on how it is built, by trusses and a covered slanted roof. I have always had a fascination with covered bridges and although I had grown up in Connecticut I had never walked across one this piece of Americana.
Covered bridge in Woodstock Vermont
Last week I crossed this off my bucket list when I visited Woodstock Vermont and walked across Middle Bridge. I had another surprise as we took the scenic route down Rte 106 and found this picturesque bridge over a small creek.
Covered Bridge south of Woodstock Vermont
The most famous bridges are those of Madison County in Iowa, so I really didn’t need to travel far from Nebraska to find covered bridges, but there is something special, romantic, and mystical about covered bridges in Vermont.
Facts About Covered Bridges
- First covered bridge was built in 1808 over the Mohawk river in New York
- Vermont contains 100 authentic covered bridges
- At one time the United States has over 10,000 covered bridges, 750 remain today
- Covered bridges are painted red because iron ochre was an inexpensive pigment.
- Bridges were covered to prevent the wood dry and prevent rot (not to keep horses from spooking over the water)
- Town Lattice is the most popular style of covered bridge
- There are only 8 railroad covered bridges in the United States, only 2 still function during tourist events.
- Only six covered bridges still carry two way traffic all the rest are one way only.
- Covered bridges can be found in 30 states in the United States
Had some time to play around with Photoshop tonight and have been sitting on this photo for a few weeks. I miss Photoshop and post production.
For those interested I created duplicated image layers. Posterized one layer heavily, the set the opacity to 73%. Used gradient, from upper left to lower right and added a orange color overlay at about 20%. I always create adjustment layers in an action, some I use, others I don’t, but the action saves time. For the car I bumped the contrast and adjusted the levels.
Snow Covered Creek
Finally got snow this winter. Took long enough, but this past Saturday we woke up to more than a foot. It was sticking to everything, covering the trees, and making for more photo opportunities than I could choose from, so here are a few more from rural Nebraska.
Considering I received a new camera (Canon Rebel XS) for Christmas, from my Marine son, it was also a good excuse to drive around the country and learn more about white balance and how to get true whites during snow and not blue. That’s another post, because I did learn a lot. HAve a lot to learn though, and yes I’ll start to shoot in RAW, when I have the right program. But my learning curve continues.
Right now I’m just going to post the results. All of the photos are SOOC (straight out of camera) with the exception of resizing.
Nebraska snowy creek
Snow covered farm equipment
Go Down this road at your own risk
Day 77: Snow Shovel and Melting Snow
Yet another walk to the mailbox when I realize “I need a picture for today!” I do carry my camera in my purse and today I did drive to Lincoln. I also drove down a scenic road where there were many photo opportunities. I just keep forgetting until I get home. So I’m left trying to be creative and artistic with nearby subjects.
So, thanks to my friend and neighbor inspiration came today from the melting snow and the wonderful 60F weather we’re having today. It’s amazing what melting snow uncovers. In this case it was the very apparent snow shovels, I think I counted five, near the driveway and sidewalks. At one time they were propped up in snow drifts. Not anymore. They lay forlornly in the remnants of snow piles which are literally melting around them.
Day 66: Snowy Neighborhood
The view down my street in Elmwood, Nebraska. A small community (technically a village), population 687, give or take a few. This was a few days after a snow and the sun had finally come out. I know compared to my Connecticut friends this snow is nothing. But, last year we had 8-10 foot drifts, so this year we’ve been given a break.
I think I’ll take a picture from this spot throughout the seasons to show how it changes, might be interesting.
Day 65: Nebraska Snow Drift
In Nebraska snow plus wind equals amazing snowdrifts. I love how the wind creates works of art. The wind travels across miles of empty fields collecting snow and deposits the very dry fine snow into very high drifts. It only takes a few inches to create several feet worth of drifts. This last storm was only six inches but resulted in a few 4-6 foot drifts.
Day 65: Waves of Snow
Nothing you want to be out in while it’s blowing, white out conditions with zero visibility created black ice this time and resulted in hundreds of accidents in Omaha and Lincoln. The interstate was closed for a short time. The Elmwood-Murdock school district, and other surrounding towns were closed for two days, one day for the storm, the next to open the many miles of country roads so the buses could get through.
Day 64: Cat in Winter
The sun finally came out after three days cold winter weather and this cat took full advantage to sun bathe in the middle of the street. Took several of them, but I liked this one the best. There was something that I like about the back of the cat’s head rather than her looking at me.
I’m not sure of this her name, it’s my neighbors cat and just another photo opp on the way to the mailbox.