CHESTNUT STREET: CEE’S WHICH WAY PHOTO CHALLENGE #25

 Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #25

This challenge subject is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride them, as long as the way is visible.

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This week, I decided to show pictures of one road. Just one.

Chestnut Street is a minor, barely two-lane country road that goes from North Street in Mendon, to Route 140 in Upton. There is no turnoff anywhere along its 2 mile length.

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They are building some kind of community center along it now, but otherwise, there are no houses. No businesses. Just an old railroad crossing and a great many trees. It is my favorite road in the area and when I drive it, I think “this is the way the valley looked before people came and built towns.”

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I wish they’d put the community center somewhere else and leave Chestnut Street in peace, but the deed is mostly done. The majority of the road most is unchanged.

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Chestnut Street is a permanent challenge to me. The trees grow very close to the road along its entire length and the few places where it appears safe to pull off, you have to be very careful. The river is nearby and many places that look like solid ground are actually swamp … mud … quicksand.

Unlike in the movies, quicksand won’t swallow you and your car, but it will make an ugly mess of it and you. And you’ll need a heavy-duty tow truck to pull you out, for sure.

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Many of the pictures I’ve wanted to take there haven’t worked out because I can’t find a place to put the car for a few minutes while I shoot. All of that being said, I keep trying. And here it is. Chestnut Street.

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10 replies

  1. beautiful shots of a beautiful area.
    Hopefully the cc won’t be too imposing. Randy

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  2. Stunning photos. I just love the first one. 😀

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  3. Oh Marilyn, these are such gorgeous which ways for this week. Wonderful entry!

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  4. What a nice street to have in your community. Sometimes I get attached to certain trees in the neigbour hood but then the city decided they are unsafe and chop them down which makes me sad because I’m used to seeing them out my window everyday or when I walk by them.

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    • Thank you! They used to trim the middle of the trees out when I lived on Long Island (New York) — supposedly to protect the power lines. It so weakened the trees, they usually split and fell down. They don’t trim the trees around here, maybe because there are so many trees and so few trimmers. They let the trees grow around the wires and fix them if they fall. Which turns out to be not all that often. It’s also much nicer for the trees.

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