The Connecticut River,
A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England
160 pages, 136 full-color photographs, 10 x 10
Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT 2009
What they’re saying . . .
“In recent years, as its waters have cleared, we’ve rediscovered the Connecticut River—the backbone of the region, and a charming and gorgeous braid of water. These pictures are a reminder of its quiet glory.”
Bill McKibben, professor of environmental studies, Middlebury College
“Al Braden takes us right to the water’s edge, vividly showing us the Connecticut River you won’t see from the highways. You’d have to hop into a canoe and paddle the river yourself to get a better sense of this long and historic river.”
Steve Grant, author of the Hartford Courant series Canoeing the Connecticut
“Al Braden’s pictorial journey from the shores of the Fourth Connecticut Lake to the waters of Long Island Sound is sure to entice the reader to don hiking boots, paddle a canoe, or get involved in protecting this New England treasure.”
Kim Lutz, director of the Connecticut River Program, The Nature Conservancy
Al Braden’s new collection of gorgeous full-color photographs guides the reader the full length of our 410-mile river, from a pond on the Canadian border clear to Long Island Sound.
Connecticut River Watershed Council
Photographer Al Braden celebrates the beauty of the river as well as its role in the region’s industrial development . . . Along the way he points out that, in violation of federal standards, a billion gallons of sewage-laden water are dumped into the river annually by Springfield, Holyoke, and Chicopee. . . in an afterward by Chelsea Reiff Gwyther, she writes “It doesn’t have to be this way.”
We see only connections – to a shared history and future, to the forces of nature and ultimately to the sea. Picture-driven but not fluffy, this is a thoughtful overview of the waterway that literally helps define us.
Here is a journey in photographs, tracking the Connecticut River for 410 miles, from its origin near the Canadian border to its wide mouth on Long Island Sound, giving a vivid portrait of the Central New England landscape.
It opens with an essay introducing important aspects of the river, and then presents 136 full-page color photos, ranging from close-ups to dramatic aerials, to reveal the river as few people are privileged to experience it. And it leads to a call for conservation with an essay by Chelsea Reiff Gwyther, Executive Director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council.
You will see many facets of the river, including its landscape, history, development, conservation, geologic formations, flora and fauna, and, of course, the moods of the water, sky, and riverbank. Informative captions provide a wealth of information about the images, which depict everything from pristine misted mornings to rich valley farmlands and modern hydroelectric turbines. Together, the photos and text provide a poignant look at the river and document its centrality to the development of the unique character of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
You can order directly from the Connecticut River Watershed Council, where all profits from the sale directly benefit their conservation work.