Summer Photography Project

Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge – Cornish, NH & Windsor,VT

This is a challenging year to be a photographer. Okay, it’s a challenging year to be anything. Before March, I finally arrived at a point where I felt some improvement in approaching people and making good images of them. The shoot I did at our town’s local ice fishing contest was among my most popular because of both the subject matter and the people. The last few months, I’ve posted daily but it’s been a steady rotation of still lifes and landscapes with the occasional small animal or bird for variety.

The Flume Covered Bridge – Lincoln

As social distancing rules relaxed in the US, I hoped to be able to get out to some local cities and the coast to try to get some variety in my images. Unfortunately, the news has reported that the coast is jammed with people and that parking restrictions aimed at limiting the number of people have caused problems. At this time, even though our area continues to have a relatively low incidence of COVID-19, other parts of the US that relaxed restrictions are seeing an increased incidence of coronavirus. The safe money says to stay close to home.

Contoocook Railroad Covered Bridge – Contoocook

For a while, I’ve considered trying to photograph as many of New Hampshire’s fifty-four historic covered bridges as I can. It’s not easy. They are spread fairly far out. To get the four located in the northernmost part of the state along the Canadian border, I have to drive three and a half hours one way to arrive there. But, there’s not a lot else to do this summer. And let’s face it, this is something I can do without encountering throngs of people.

Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge – Cornish, NH & Windsor,VT

Using websites, I made a list of all the historic covered bridges and their locations. It’s easy to see groupings that go together logically for a single trip in which I could photograph three or four bridges at a time. And certainly, there will be other things to see along the way. The photographs here are of bridges that I had previously visited and made images of in my travels. They are the “low hanging fruit”. So let’s see if I can get all of them, shall we?

In these times we all have to work safely with what’s available to us.

All of the historic bridges that I’ve photographed can be seen on a new page at this site called Historic Covered Bridges of New Hampshire. You can find it here.

The Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge – Lincoln

32 thoughts on “Summer Photography Project

  1. photobyjohnbo

    A worthy subject. I will be checking out your page. I wish North Dakota had more. According to the Internet, we have two, one only an hour from here, the other, clear on the opposite side of the state. πŸ™‚

  2. loisajay

    ‘Walk your horses or pay $2 fine’–that must have been a stiff fine in the day. Beautiful photos, Chris. Florida’s numbers are going sky-high. No wonder, really. Once we ‘gradually’ opened, people went crazy like they had never seen a beach before. Report this morning says 7 lifeguards tested positive. This is never-ending….

  3. Alexandra

    wonderful project and beautiful work, Chris πŸ™‚ these would look great printed too πŸ™‚
    covid cases on the rise here too, stay safe while taking your gorgeous photos throughout the summer !!

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Alex. I went out this morning to make photos. I packed my coffee and snacks with me and really only got within 2 meters of 2 people. It’s good safe photo fun. I hope you and your boys take care and stay healthy.

      1. Alexandra

        same here, we packed our lunch and some tea today and went hiking, at the foot of the mountain there were literally crowds of people, like they’ve never seen a mountain before, camping, BBQ-ing, it was more crowded than in the city… so we went up higher, fresh air, good workout too, and no people lol… this is going to be a very challenging summer indeed, Chris! hoping for the best… take care!!

  4. Sandra

    What a beautiful collection you have so far! Looking forward to following along Chris. All of these are wonderful but i especially love the Contoocook Railroad Covered Bridge that shot against the sky, gorgeous!

  5. Sarah

    I’m so happy you decided to photograph all these beautiful historic bridges, Chris! It’s a great summer photography project and a perfect one to keep you busy and in distance from others during this time. I look forward to see and admire every single one of them! The Contoocook bridge photo looks wonderful! I’m kind of in love with it. πŸ˜„
    It’s the same around here with the coasts being overly crowded- we don’t have as long a coastline as you so you can imagine how close to each other everybody is. Better to look for isolated places like you’re doing!

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