During September of 2023 we had a tremendous amount of rain in Southern New England. Three times the Shepaug River turned into a rushing torrent, each incident more powerful than the one before. The Hidden Valley section of Steep Rock Preserve in Washington, CT, surrounds more than a mile of the river. I’ve been photographing Steep Rock ever since moving to the area in 1975 and on Sept. 13, 25, and 30, I drove up to Hidden Valley and hiked—carefully—along the river bank photographing familiar spots in dramatic new conditions. Early morning on the 30th the rain was still coming down and it was dark under a heavy cloud cover. I worked from a tripod and let the racing water blur through the pictures.
by Carl Weese