Back in February, I got a text message from my daughter:
“There’s a flood warning for the CT River in Hartford…Photo Op?’
After a long series of texts back and forth, we had agreed to meet in the parking lot of a State office building, shuffle into one car and head to Riverside Park. We agreed to meet at 6:30 am, for the light, don’t you know. Riverside Park was our first choice because it lies along the west bank of the Connecticut River. The park is ringed by the levy that protects Hartford from flood waters. The only significant structure in Riverside Park is the boathouse I featured last year for Thursday Doors, and, as I mentioned then, it was designed to be flooded.
Flooded, it was.
We’ve had a pretty strange winter. The flood waters were the result of several weeks of warmer than normal weather, rain and melting snow, but February was ending with a cold snap. It was in the teens at 6:30 am and ice was forming on the standing water. Of course, that meant a chance to get interesting photos.
I’ll let you decide how much you want to read today. The photos in the gallery all have descriptions, but I do need to highlight two of them. The photo in the upper right is the scene of my earlier faux pas. The road to the park is closed (due to flooding…duh) and we have to get over the guard rail. Or, perhaps we can “squeeze” through that opening – yes, I said “I think you can squeeze through there” to my daughter.
The second photo is the one here at the right. At the river-end of the north-end levy is a railroad trestle. Of course we had to go there and get photos. My editor is still sick, but she agreed to read this post, so I better not try to sneak that one in. We were safe the entire time. We took no chances and we remained very much aware of any possible activity on those tracks.
All of the pictures in the gallery are of or from within Riverside Park. I have more photos from another park, but I’ll wait until Monday to present those.