For all the insults it has endured - PCB's courtesy of GE at the head of the list - the Housatonic is still a beautiful, living river. This section is a couple of miles upstream of Cornwall Bridge where I work. A few weeks ago I stopped to watch the sun sparkle on the water and the autumn leaves blazing along the sunlit western shore. The eastern bank was dark in the early morning shadows. This is about where the two bears I saw a week afterwords were coming from when they crossed my path and headed into the tall timber.
Now the leaves are down and the river is thick with floodwater after heavy rains. Its many moods often mirror my own.