Sunday, January 30, 2011

Connecticut River Valley

The Connecticut River Valley is very fertile.  The river overflows its banks in the spring, as the snowpack in Vermont and New Hampshire melts and raises the river level.  That brings a new supply of silt to the fields adjoining the river.

These photos were taken on a plane arriving at Bradley International Airport, which serves Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts.  We are about ten to fifteen miles north of Hartford, looking due south.  I think at this point East Windsor is on the left (east of the river) and Windsor is on the right (west of the river).

19 comments:

Regina K said...

These are wonderful photos and from a plane, impressive.

cieldequimper said...

Glorious.

Re. the bars on the bull's eye window: just to avoid intruders...

'Tsuki said...

Very impressive views ! The reflection on the sunlight on the snow (2nd picture) is really awsome !

Farmchick said...

These are great, you gotta love the vantage point!

Kate said...

Is flooding an issue for communities, as it is here in Minnesota each year for some towns?

Birdman said...

A long flow from Brattcat. That's some water.

Leif Hagen said...

Jack, you must have used a really, really tall ladder to get such great RIVER shots!

VP said...

I quite envy you: I was never able to get any passable photos from a plane...

Randy said...

What beautiful views but I bet it is just wonderful in the Springtime. Have a great Sunday Jack!

Karl said...

Beautiful landscapes Jack, great photos!

Sharon said...

Wonderful shots. I love to see what I can recognize when looking out the window of a plane. I consulted on out of state assignments for almost 10 years so I spent a good deal of time on airplanes and I never lost the love of looking out the window.

RedPat said...

Great shots - I love seeing the river meander along through the shots!

Halcyon said...

It looks plenty cold!

lizziviggi said...

Breathtaking! But mostly because it looks so darn cold! ;-)

joo said...

Fabulous photos Jack! I'm impressed!

Lois said...

Spectacular shots! I like how the sun is shining off of the ice and snow.

Jacob said...

Well, I'm impressed! Fantastic shots from the window of a plane. All I usually get is a shot of the wing and that's usually blurry!

Quite a wintry landscape. And interesting commentary...the river serves much as does the Nile in Egypt...

Malyss said...

Very impressive and glorious pictures!Nature teaches us humility, sometimes...

SRQ said...

Neat perspective seeing the cracks spidering through the ice.