Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Trouble with The Trouble with Harry

©2010 ShootingMyUniverse Remember last week when I showed you the West Dummerston Bridge? And I talked about The Trouble with Harry? Well, let me tell you about Vermont, Foliage and the Trouble with The Trouble with Harry.

Let me take you back there, exactly one week later. In between, add 36 hours of rain and wind totaling 3” and note the effects. In the immediate picture below, the golden color pops out and draws your attention to the reflection. But I want to draw your attention to the island with the bushes towards the right of the photo.  This is down river from the bridge. Note the water level and note the shadowed area to the right of the bushes on the island. Keep these in mind.

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What I’m going to show you next is a photo upstream from the bridge and the colors that were coming along the river bank on September 29th.

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Standing in the shadowed area referenced above, one week later after the three inches of rain on Thursday and Friday, this was the view shooting over the island with the bushes downstream. The fabric of New England fall foliage is not colorfast. Sadly, the vibrant colors were pretty much gone. Perhaps there are enough green leaves on the trees so that the foliage can make a comeback.

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So what does this have to do with The Trouble with Harry other than Harry is dead? When Hitch was shooting The Trouble with Harry, he was nestled in Stowe, Vermont bathed in color. He shot a lot of wonderful footage. Then the rain and the wind came and knocked the foliage down to the ground. Frustrated, he boxed up tons of leaves, shipped them to Hollywood where they were spray painted and pinned to tree branches so that he could finish the movie in a sound stage.

Robert Frost wrote a poem called, Nothing Gold Can Stay in which he laments,

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only for an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So down goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

 

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4 comments:

Chris Petrak said...

I think I've read about the filming of Harry, but thanks for the reminder. The leaves around my home are almost all down - but then around the corner maples are just turning. It's been, and is, an odd year in that regard. Nice photos of the Dummerston Bridge - ours in Willimasville just got rebuilt - down right, these bridges will outlast the modern steel bridge. Also, great shots of Green River, one of my favorite communities in SE Vt

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
Wow quite interesting post and nice pictures. I did not know the story about the filming of Harry ;-)

Susan W. said...

Exactly why I hate the autumn. Brilliant colors that last for a heartbeat are nothing more than an harbinger of the cold and misery to come.

(Yes, I am something of a scrooge on the matter.)

Roy said...

Love the first scene Steve.

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