CT: New Haven County- New Haven- East Rock

A 50 degree day after weeks of snow motivated me to take a drive to East Rock to check out the Eli Whitney museum waterfall and the Giant Steps to the summit. Boy was I rewarded with a perfect sun and moon evening!

The corner waterfall and the tunnel into East Park was historical to read about and fun to walk around (and into – yes I went a bit into the water for the shot with the limbs I would not be able to get if there were leaves!).

I reviewed the East Rock trail map to determine the quickest way to get to the Giant Steps as I had only about an hour before sunset.

I found that the trail head on Orange Street near Wilbur Cross high school appears to be the closest to the Giant Steps. The hike starts up the side of the mountain on the white trail turn onto the yellow trail which takes you up the Giant Steps.

The steps to the top were steep but short. Much more manageable then I thought.

Once at the top I noticed the moon along side the tower. I started to run around the park trying to find the angle where the moon would appear to balance on the top of the statue. So fun to capture the result for forever recall.

Only 15 minutes to spare for the sun to set but I needed time to get back down! Love when I allow myself to only focus on decisions such as that.

Again I walked around the summit this time to find opportunities to obstruct the sun’s set. So fun to have both the moon and the sun to play with tonight.

As much as I wanted to wait for the full sunset and then to see what colors would appear I knew more prudent would be to start my descent.

The climb down was lovely as well with the sun’s colors shining onto the road. I was rushing to get down before the sun set but had to pause when I saw the colors in the backdrop of the snow and icy road!

Seeing the moon wave from on top of the summit. So many gifts in a short afternoon I was smiling from ear to ear!

Below is the link to my biking visit to East Rock in the fall which includes a trail map.


Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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