Friday, March 29, 2019

Stone Snake, Big Tree and Stonework Remnant by the River (Bethlehem/Watertown CT)

And some Stones on a Boulder - or maybe in a Mortar?

   A flood in the mid 1990's wiped out a nearby bridge and along the river bank, some of the old carefully made - and quite tall, as I remember - zigzag retaining walls. A construction company rebuilt the bridge, possibly using the remaining stones in the process. Not a trace of it remains.
  I often drive this partially unpaved road now and again, slowing down to look at the Snake Petroform on the other side of the river bank:
I'll mention that along the little stream above the bridge does still exhibit some stonework that I suspect to be Indigenous in nature:
But back to the Stone Snake - and the (now leaning) Manitou Stone:
(Here's one for you: Do you think that white quartz once rested on the head of this Probable Petroform - in front of that sort of stone I've taken to calling a horn rest?)
The Snake seems to end at a Big Tree:
A couple aerial images suggest more stonework once continued to the east, connecting to more stonework on this now Land Trust property, along the Nonnewaug River. 

The Big Tree centered here in 1934:
2016 aerial and the 1934:

Walk toward the pines and the sound of the river,
catch up with your good friend:
Downstream there is a wall of stone along the river bank: 
Pass by something suspiciously like a metate or grinding slick:
To where the very distinct and remarkably intact stonework begins:
On the top of the wall, about where my friend is standing, a stone protrudes upward:

Leaning across the top, a familiar shape is seen again:

I need a bright but cloudy day to get some good photos of some remarkable details.
A couple for now:

It's constructed not unlike the body of that Big Snake:

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Nice pics of the serpent wall. The stonework around the water is similar to stonework found in Malory Connecticut. The rivers were manipulated there also.