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Harkness Memorial State Park 'The strength of columns' © Robin McMenamin
The column divides the view of the mansion. Columns are great symbols of hard work. Harkness park is the true sign of hard work and the luxury to follow afterwards.
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Harkness Memorial State Park
'The strength of columns'
© 2011 by Robin McMenamin. All Rights Reserved. Rmcmen1gmail.com or 203671-0416.

The column divides the view of the mansion. Columns are great symbols of hard work. Harkness park is the true sign of hard work and the luxury to follow afterwards.

Hopeville Pond State Park
'Peaceful Morning'
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Hopeville Pond State Park. Peaceful Morning

Wadsworth Falls State Park
'Root '
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An interesting shaped root found on the main trail in the Wadsworth Falls state park.

Kent Falls State Park
'Lower Falls Pool Driftwood'
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Driftwood and stream on far side of lower pool at Kent Falls State Park.

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Wood carved pergola ceiling'
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This has inspired me for the textiles I design.

American Legion State Forest
'Farmington Canal Heritage Trail'
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Canal under bridge

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Japanse Maple Hideaway'
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The lines and the curvature of this tree is an example of how beauty lies in the imperfect. This tree never runs out of shapes. When it is covered in the summer, it is a perfect hideaway spot. Also, you can pay respects to the animals that once resided on these grounds.

Gillette Castle State Park
'Gillette Castle'
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Grand Central Station

Housatonic State Forest
'Approaching Deans Ravine'
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This is what the terrain looks like as you approach the Deans Ravine waterfall.

Southford Falls State Park
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Wadsworth Falls State Park
'Wadsworth Falls'
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Chatfield Hollow State Park
'Covered bridge in Chatfield Hollow State Park'
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A classic, tranquil New England stream, complete with covered bridge

Harkness Memorial State Park
'Mansion, Pergola, Garden Wall'
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Late afternoon Summer sun behind photographer gives a special glow to Harkness mansion, pergola, and gardens.

Bolton Notch State Park
'Stepping into nature'
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Children play on one of the parks many paths, where it crosses under a freeway

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7/4/2017 5:27:14 AM Above All State Park by EK Images
Big disappointment - I visited Gillette Castle to find flower beds & pots all gone to weeds. Viewing the plants in the solarium looked stressed & brown. The Castle was closed due to budget restraints, yet the air conditioning was running. The gift shop & food court were open, why? There were only 3 cars in the parking lot. The wall to the pond is falling into itself. It would be better to close the park, than make it an embarrassment. People do travel from all over to find this.
6/11/2017 7:58:47 AM Pachaug State Forest by Susan Goulet
- People need to slow down when their driving Thru the park!! Driving wwayyy to fast
3/14/2017 8:20:24 PM Cockaponset State Forest by Vivian Chen
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - I think that Cockaponset State Forest has good things, I enjoyed horseback riding.
2/22/2017 6:42:10 PM Naugatuck State Forest by Doctor Rocker
An amazingly enchanted forest retreat - Solitude, scenery, interesting trails, amazing hikes, swimming and fishing holes, a magical wilderness, idyllic picnic potential, great date, worthwhile exploring. Love it!
1/1/2017 3:43:27 PM Gillette Castle State Park by Shoot to thrill
The Cliffs - If you can find it, it is well off a beaten path. There used to be a bridge near this castle that crossed the river, although it is gone now. There is still however a rock face that was part of the bridge. There just happens to be deep water there, and there are three heights of places to cliff jump. (tallest is 35 ft). Be aware though, you need to use a rope to climb back up. This makes the park amazing.
8/8/2016 8:08:25 AM Harkness Memorial State Park by KT
Seaside beauty - We were married at Harkness Memorial Park 17 Years ago. At sunset in August the gardens were in full bloom.
11/17/2015 7:32:41 PM Campbell Falls State Park
Wonderful, peaceful waterfall - We viewed Campbell Falls in October and loved the peaceful place. Our only problem is we used the address given above in our GPS and ended up at Burr Pond/State Park. Can the address be changed above? We should have just followed the directions given.
10/25/2015 9:05:19 PM Gillette Castle State Park by Dan
Spectacular - We were scouting this location for a film, and fell in love with the castle and surrounding area. Stunning views of the river and beautiful trails. Autumn is amazing up there.
5/3/2015 8:21:12 AM Gillette Castle State Park by ctsassypants
Perfect day that ended in engagement - We took a steam train to a ferry, the ferry to the base of the castle where we hiked up and picnicked with an amazing view. At the end of the picnic my fiancee proposed. It was an amazing view, an amazing day and I recommend visiting Gillette Castle state park, it's magical.
4/27/2015 10:20:19 AM Salmon River State Forest by Ed popham
Beautiful area for all kinds of activity -
9/28/2014 10:13:58 AM Peoples State Forest by Melody
Goldilocks and the three Bears - What a beautiful outing. Out in the trails while resting and drinking some water a mother bear and two cubs make some noise behind me. It was amazing. After they moved off i moved to another part of the trails and happened upon 2 more bears. Heading back i heard coyotes. It was amazing.
6/14/2014 3:38:42 PM Lake Waramaug State Park by Linda from Shelton
Excellent for kayaking! - One of the most beautiful lakes in Connecticut!
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