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Harkness Memorial State Park 'Japanse Maple Hideaway' © Robin McMenamin
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.
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Harkness Memorial State Park
'Japanse Maple Hideaway'
© 2011 by Robin McMenamin. All Rights Reserved. Rmcmen1gmail.com or 203671-0416.

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.

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

Southford Falls State Park
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Harkness Memorial State Park
'Wood carved pergola ceiling'
© 2011 by Robin McMenamin. All Rights Reserved. Rmcmen1gmail.com or 203671-0416.

This has inspired me for the textiles I design.

Gillette Castle State Park
'Gillette Castle'
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Grand Central Station

Harkness Memorial State Park
'The strength of columns'
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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

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

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

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

Wadsworth Falls State Park
'Wadsworth Falls'
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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.

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Parks in this region are near these Connecticut Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
NORWICH
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NEW LONDON
WILLIMANTIC
COLCHESTER
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WATERFORD

Fort Griswold State Park
Add a touch of reality to your Revolutionary War history lesson with a visit to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, site of the 1781 massacre led by the traitorous Benedict Arnold.........more >
Fort Shantok State Park
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Harkness Memorial State Park
Enjoy the panoramic views of Long Island Sound from Eolia, the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family set on over 230 seaside acres of sweeping lawns, with stately trees and spectacular gardens. Named Eolia, for the island home of the Greek god of winds, the mansion was built in 1906 and purchased ........more >
Hopeville Pond State Park
Visitors can fish, swim or camp on the serene shores of Hopeville Pond. The site, which once boasted several successful mill operations, offers a fine mix of quality recreation and local history.........more >
Mashamoquet Brook State Forest
The region was once the domain of the Mohegan Chief Uncas. The name Mashamoquet is Indian for stream of good fishing and originally was applied to the entire area. Later, Captain John Sabin built a house here to serve as an outpost and the settlement gradually increased in size. In 1723, parish and ........more >
Natchaug State Forest
Natchaug State Forest is popular for its horse trails, outstanding fishing, and riverfront picnic sites.........more >
Nehantic State Forest
Visit Nehantic State Forest and discover what the first forest in New London County has to offer.........more >
Old Furnace State Park
This 367 acre park has a storied industrial history and a present day attractiveness all its own. A three-quarter mile trail accesses a viewpoint with a ten mile view.........more >
Pachaug State Forest
Pachaug State Forest is the largest State Forest in Connecticut encompassing 24,000 acres, in 5 towns. There are two areas, the Chapman Area and the Green Falls Area.........more >
Quaddick State Forest
The area which is now Quaddick State Park was once the site of Thompson's town farm where elderly residents of the village spent their reflective years. Prior to that, it had been a fishing area of the Nipmuck Indians. The cool reservoir water and the sandy beach draw frequent crowds during the warm summer months.........more >
Quaddick State Park
The area which is now Quaddick State Park was once the site of Thompson's town farm where elderly residents of the village spent their reflective years. Prior to that, it had been a fishing area of the Nipmuck Indians. The cool reservoir water and the sandy beach draw frequent crowds during the warm summer months.........more >
Rocky Neck State Park
The large stone pavilion, diverse trail systems, and gently sloping beach make this park ideal for families. Try crabbing or fishing. Look for hawks, cranes, and herons. Rocky Neck provides something for all members of the family.........more >
Selden Neck State Park
Three public camps along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle and Selden Neck State Parks offer primitive, riverside sites with fireplaces and pit toilets for individuals traveling on the river.The river campsites are available from May 1 through September 30. The length of stay is limited ........more >
Stoddard Hill State Park
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