If you enjoyed the freedom of an eagle to fly through New England, what would you see? As New England Panorama 2020 reveals, you would discover remarkable landscapes that tell of the region’s natural history, and also something of our impact on it. Most of all though, you would find the bird’s-eye perspective offers the chance to see these mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and more in a way that is quite breathtaking, even for old Yankees.
Places pictured in New England Panorama include:
• This classic covered bridge spans the Green River at the junction of Green River Road and Jacksonville Stage Road in Guilford, Vermont. The bridge was built in the 1870s and is a Town lattice truss design. Just above the bridge is the Green River timber crib dam. Constructed in about 1811, the dam consists mostly of logs and rubble with a plank facing. Water in the mill pond created by the dam drove a wheel that originally powered a paper and linseed oil mill.
• The Deerfield River rises in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest and runs 76 miles through southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts where it flows into the Connecticut River. The Green Mountain National Forest covers nearly 400 thousand acres in Vermont and was established in 1932 to combat uncontrolled logging.
• Actor and playwright William Gillette designed this rustic 24-room castle to command dramatic views of the Connecticut River on one side and nearly 200 acres of forested park on the other. Work began on the estate he named the Seventh Sister in 1914 and was completed in 1919. The castle was purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 and is now open to the public.
• The Swift River rises in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and flows eastward for 25 miles, eventually joining the Saco River at Conway, New Hampshire. The scenic Kancamagus Highway, New Hampshire Route 112, parallels the river’s passage and has been designated a National Scenic Byway.
• The Royalston Eagle Reserve Conservation Area was established in 2016 and preserves 139 acres in northern Massachusetts from development. Described as a, “…unique place that includes a magnificent pond ringed by mature forest, wetlands and an esker,” the reserve also permits public recreation, including hiking and canoeing.
• Point Judith Pond in Narragansett, Rhode Island is a four-mile-long body of salt water adjacent to Point Judith Harbor. Its waters surround privately-owned Jonathan Island, one of the most valuable privately-owned islands in the world. The long lines appearing in the water are part of the oyster cultivation system where Salt Pond Selects are grown and harvested.
• Mohawk Trail State Forest covers more than 7,700 acres of mountain ridges and valleys at elevations ranging from 600 to 2,080 feet in western Massachusetts. Created in 1921, the forest takes its name from the Mohawk Trail, a Native American footpath. You can see the trail winding through the forest, but today it is paved and known as Massachusetts Route 2.
• Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island marks the East Passage into Narragansett Bay between Conanicut Island and Aquidneck Island. The current granite tower was built in 1856 and stands 64 feet tall. The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum has preserved a collection of memorabilia related to the light that is housed in what was formerly the assistant keeper’s house.
• Maine’s Great North Woods is adjacent to the eastern border of Baxter State Park and includes terrain ranging from the lakes and wetlands pictured here, to old growth forest and mountains like Mount Katahdin dominating the horizon. Mount Katahdin is the tallest peak in Maine at 5,267 feet and its name comes from the Penobscot Indians and means “the greatest mountain.”
• Some of the best views in Connecticut of the Berkshire Mountains can be had by climbing the fire tower at Haystack Mountain State Park in Norfolk, Connecticut. The stone tower is 34 feet tall and stands 1,716 feet above sea level with Haystack Mountain beneath it. Visitors can see peaks of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, the Taconic Mountains in New York, and, on a clear day, the Green Mountains of Vermont.
• The East Branch Penobscot River rises in forested Piscataquis County, Maine and flows for 17 miles through the North Maine Woods to Grand Lake Matagamon reservoir. From there it runs 48 miles to Medway, Maine where it joins the West Branch to form the Penobscot River. Mount Kathadin is visible on the horizon.
• Scott Brook in Cheshire County, New Hampshire is part of the Millers River watershed that drains about 390 square miles in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Gap Mountain (at left on the horizon) in Troy, New Hampshire boasts three summits and carries the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail across its north and middle peaks. The trail continues on to Mount Monadnock, three miles to the north, and the highest point in Cheshire County at 3,165 feet.
About Photographer Paul Rezendes
During his nearly 35 years as a professional photographer, Paul has made several transitions in his career, from 35mm wildlife photography to 4x5mm large-format landscapes and seascapes, to using digital cameras requiring him to master new technology and Photoshop wizardry. Ever the innovator, this year Paul has taken to the skies by incorporating drones into his photo gear, broadening his perspective and opening new photographic opportunities in ways he never imagined at the outset of his career. He is an FAA certified remote UAS pilot, and along with still photography, creates promotional videos.
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