My World Tuesday: More Connecticut Snow

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These are images of Mine Hill Preserve in Roxbury, Connecticut. It's a wonderful preserve on the site of an iron mine that ran for about five years in the 1860s. The preserve goes up and on forever until it stops.You see nothing but the mountain laurel in front of you and then it's down, down, down. In the warm weather, quartz is visible everywhere among the rocks and other debris from the mining days, and it's magical. Though the mine has been defunct for a very long time, it's easy to see Mother Nature reclaiming her own despite the fearsome scrape she endured back then. Down the road, where the brothel, general store, railroad station, and lumberyard used to be, there is nothing. The few remaining buildings look like they would gladly give up the ghost if it weren't for the few nails holding them together. Go, Mother Nature! (This video will show you the iron works and other features of the preserve.)

My World Tuesday

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  1. Magnificent photographs, Sandy. I really enjoyed them.
    You're right about the fountains: I'm surprised that here in Turin all the fountains (which I have seen) are working during the snowfall!

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  2. Beautiful ice picture and I really enjoyed your video, Sandy.

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  3. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Absolutely fascinating. Glad I came over via David's.

    CJ xx

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  4. Anonymous3:00 PM

    Great photos, very beautiful!

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  5. It does look magical!!

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  6. Its a very nice video Sandy, well done!

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  7. I googled Roxbury on Maps. It sure looks rocky! Considering the terrain, Connecticut isn't very much less densely populated than the Netherlands, but people must live in more concentrated areas...?

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  8. Great photos. The middle one of the ice i found quite intriguing. The slideshow video of the old mine is very interesting.

    An Arkie's Musings

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  9. Wonderful shots of the snow Sandy.

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  10. Anonymous4:29 PM

    I've seen mines out west, and they don't seem to disappear as quickly or completely. These are great photos and a great story.

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  11. Still missing this gorgeous snow

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  12. Anonymous4:45 PM

    You continue to show me wonderful winter sceneries. I love it.

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  13. Sandy: That is a neat look at the wild area of the park.

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  14. Yes, Mother eventually gets her way.

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  15. A century and a half later it's amazing nature hasn't yet finished reclaiming the land. It sure takes a long time, doesn't it?

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  16. I'm loving the first photo! I love all the footprints in the snow. It makes me wonder who walked it, where they were going, where they came from, and what their conversations might have been about. Reminds me how transient our time is here as the footprints will soon be but a memory.

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  17. lovely photos as usual...could write lots about footprints in the snow and tracking animals and people as the native americans could do.

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  18. I don't like it when it snowed till my nose runs....uncomfy feeling.

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  19. Your world looks a little like mine. The ice pictures is really beautiful. So is the fern and shadow in the snow.

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  20. Great looking snow shots, at least it looks like its melting there. Thanks for sharing.

    Regina In Pictures

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  21. Anonymous9:03 PM

    I am enjoying your snow shots so much Sandy. I wish we'd get some. Maybe before the winter is out we will but in the meantime I enjoy looking at the winter shots you take.

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  22. sometimes so much of the world is revealed when it snows. The paths of those before us... the way nature creates beauty. The unintentional art of nature is something to behold

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  23. The snow is so beautiful, and you have made an excellent job photographing it, Sandy!

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  24. Ruins under snow? that must be adventurous. I could not make out what the second shot was.

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  25. Great pictures. I also liked the footprints in the snow. Makes me wonder whose they are.

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  26. When you said mountain laurel I immediately flashed back to the Cone Manor (most recently featured in this week's Monochrome Monday). that part of the Blue Ridge is covered, no, forested in Mountain laurel, and they grow to tree-like proportions. In fact as we were walking the Loop Trail around the cone Estate, I didn't realize what they were for a while because they're so huge.

    Nature will always, left to her own devices, reclaim what's hers. It may take time, but Nature is patient... and time is on her side. I'd love to see this place with the quartz gleaming in the sun. Must be an awesome spectacle.

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  27. Nice patterns on the snow. Lovely photos. Have a nice week ahead.

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  28. Beautiful winter scenes!

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  29. Anonymous5:36 AM

    Great your snowy world.

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  30. Enjoyed this mini tour of your world! Really fascinating!

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  31. Hi Sandy!
    Your pictures are fantastic.
    Did you take them yourself?
    Oh, how wonderful!
    I really like it.
    I like your poem but also pictures.
    Can I put the link on my blog?

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  32. I don't know how you do it Sandy, But you always have some wonderful to share --- and these pictures re so fascinating!

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  33. I kinda like seeing nature reclaim it's own. The girls would love to pick up all the quartz they could find!

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  34. Again lovely shots, Sandy...
    Nature reveals so much...

    i'm not able to view the video..
    may be ISP speed low at this time :)

    wishes,
    devika

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  35. Sandy very lovely photos "truly cooling me down" it is going to be 42deg here today, what is that about 110 in your language (smiles)

    Yes summer here in Australia.

    So lovely to hve visited you and hope to do so again.
    Lee-ann

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  36. Anonymous5:07 PM

    How amazingly lovely ... especially the ice sculpture. The video was interesting too. I can't quite fathom living in a place that cold however. Just color me spoiled ;-)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  37. Ashes to ashes ,dust to dust, snow to water a speck of the wisdom of man

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  38. Wow, those images are beautiful. I really miss the beauty of snow. Thank you for sharing!

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  39. Beautiful photos. Love the ice in the second one.
    Stay warm, Sandy! It's gonna get cold here in CT!

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  40. My favorite is the middle one but I enjoyed seeing the footprints in the snow and the layers of snow on the rocks -- the one looks like the snowy roof of a chalet. Enjoyed them all!

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  41. the second photo is worth a WOW!

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  42. Beautiful pictures and very interesting post !

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  43. Looking at your pictures makes me think am just an amateur in this game, heheheh... these are really beautiful, made me speechless...thanks for the share.

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  44. Looks like you got a little more snow than we did, Sandy! Excellent photos! The Exit photo is extraordinary! How did you do that? :)

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  45. Excellent Photos and interesting facts.

    Well you live in a place when Snow occurs.
    Watch this posted by one of my best blogger friends:
    http://expatraveler.blogspot.com/2009/01/towing-car-bloopers.html

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  46. Great pictures and narrative. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

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  47. I love the way you take photos Ms. Sandy!

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  49. Anonymous9:49 AM

    You are very good in capturing those photographs Sandy, their beautiful!

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  50. I love the 2nd one, Sandy! I guess that is the quartz?

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