Sometimes an image you visualize in your head requires you to take some chances to get the shot.  For this one, a storm was moving in and I had to climb down a remarkably steep hill, and then step down an exposed tree root onto the rocks below (hence the title of the post).  I started to doubt my resolve half way down when I slipped, and then remembered that a tripod can be a decent makeshift walking stick.  Getting back up was equally difficult, and it took a few tries to climb out of there.  Anyway, I got the shot I wanted and made it back safely.  This is the Chain Bridge which was built in 1909 and is the only suspension bridge in Massachusetts.  It stretches across part of the Merrimack River, and along with the Hines Bridge, connects Newburyport and Amesbury with Deer Island in the middle.  This little excursion would’ve probably been easier were I a younger man, but there’s not much I can do about that.

I’ll be taking a little break from blogging for the next several days, and will back at it soon.  Hope everyone has a nice weekend.


  1. Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Great perspective Steven. You are right about taking chances to get “the” shot. I’ve done some really stupid things (but got the shot). Have a great weekend.

  2. Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Nice soft light. Good job on the foreground.

  3. Posted August 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Nothing like determination to get a great shot. 🙂
    I really like the perspective here. Gorgeous foreground with the grasses and rocks. Well done!

  4. Posted August 13, 2011 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    I like the perspective here, really draws your eyes into the shot.

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