Vermont has seen unspeakable flooding and destruction in the wake of Irene. Many across the country have seen the videos and photos from my town and surrounding towns. Fortunately my home and all my close friends were spared any damage, but not all were so lucky. Numerous covered bridges have been washed away or mostly destroyed, like this one.
Since I am hugely pregnant I did not venture out in the storm for photos, but rather waited until the next morning when the sun was shining and the waters had begun receding to capture a few images.
This is what is left of the Quechee covered bridge this morning. It's been grossly washed away and not much more than a shell remains. While the photo is quite pretty, with the sun rays and mist giving the bridge a slight glow, it still saddens me to look at this photo. The destruction is amazing, in the horrible sense of the word, but capturing a photo of such a negative event can be so important. It will stand as a memory of what was.