The Covered Bridges of Vermont Series

It’s happening again.

I’m getting an idea for a photo series.

Hear me out.

About three years ago, I did a touristy trip through central Vermont, and photographed seven different bridges within a short travel span. Here’s the blog link with those pictures.

Yesterday, I drove to Bennington, Vermont, where I know of a few wooden covered bridges.

And I photographed them, using slide film (those will be sent off to the developers this morning).

Papermill Covered Bridge. BlackBerry KEYone camera phone. (c) 2021 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

But it gave me an idea.

Back in 2018, when I initially photographed those seven covered bridges, I mused about returning to Vermont and photographing more of these historic treasures.

So after I returned from yesterday’s quick Bennington trip, I thought about assembling a covered bridge series. I mean, yeah, mostly the ones in Vermont, but I still have an affinity for those bridges in New York as well.

With that, I spent yesterday afternoon searching and researching the various Vermont covered bridges, as well as their locations, their proximity to fall foliage and winter appearances, and what types of emotions could be culled from capturing these pictures. I also asked some friends online if they could recommend certain iconic or inspiring wooden bridge structures.

And in the end, I found some targets.

My first target is the Papermill Covered Bridge in Bennington. I photographed it yesterday morning, but the sun was in the wrong location for me – for what I need from this picture, I have to shoot in late afternoon, not early morning.

My next target will be right nearby my first; it is the Silk Road Covered Bridge in Bennington. I caught some film shots yesterday, but as I said before, those shots must be developed before you see anything in this blog.

Then, on the recommendation of a friend, I must capture the Middle Covered Bridge in Woodstock. That one would be spectacular with autumn foliage. And I should be able to make that happen.

Another one in autumn – would have to be the trio of the Upper Cox, Lower Cox and Station Bridges in Cornwall.

Station Bridge. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I mean, can you imagine that with the fall foliage behind it? Ooh.

And one more target – the Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge in Northland. The pictures I saw of that bridge would equate to an awesome, snow-capped winter photo.

Now, this will take a serious amount of planning and dedication. This ain’t just “drive up there, take the photo, and go home.” I have to plan everything – weather conditions, sunshine timing, travel, parking, gasoline, emotional factors, all of that.

But I suspect this can be achieved. And if I make it happen …

Not only would I get an amazing set of photos for future use …

I could get some incredible shots for Competition Season 2022.

And there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?

Yeah, you agree with me. 😀