The Scenic Litchfield Hills & Connecticut Fine Art Landscape Photography | Prints & Licensing

10/10/2020

The Connecticut landscape is best known for it's distinctly rural flavor. The Litchfield hill's region contains the most photogenic landscapes Connecticut has to offer. It is a popular retreat for many folks who live in the greater New York City vicinity. The Litchfield Hill's are tucked neatly into the northwest corner of the Nutmeg state and offer a wide variety of things to see and do whether you're a resident or just visiting. This article is filled to the brim with gorgeous Connecticut landscape photography I'm sure you'll love, and what's more is each one is available to purchase as fine art prints.

Connecticut's western hills are actually the southernmost portion of the Berkshire's. The obvious attractions are the gently sloping wooded mountains, it's rich and storied history, and the charming villages and small rural towns that make up this relatively uncrowded corner of Connecticut. The combined attributes easily make it one of New England's prettiest hidden nooks to explore, and it's barely a 90 minutes drive from Central Park to arrive at the southernmost boundary of the region.

Bucolic New England scene featuring a rustic old red barn on a misty autumn morning | The artist transports the viewer back to Simpler Times of days gone by

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Bucolic scenery like this is becoming more and more scarce every day. It is my passion to capture beautiful imagery that transports the viewer back to "Simpler Times" depicting rural life in small New England communities.


Connecticut is not a very big state, in fact, only Delaware and Rhode Island are smaller. Connecticut is just 4,845 square miles, and I've never been shy to tell anyone that it can neatly fit into the state of Montana (my second home) 31 times! New England's northern tier states, like Maine and Vermont, get all the attention they deserve. Maine's Acadia National Park is no doubt the most beautiful and awe-inspiring location of the New England states. But what western Connecticut's Litchfield Hill's lack in size, it makes up for it in very subtle ways. In fact, during an interview with the Houston Chronical back in 2010 they quoted me as describing "Connecticut's Litchfield Hills are the Crown Jewell of the state."

My primary home base has been here in Litchfield County for a very long time. I've led outdoors nature photography workshops to some of it's most scenic (and super secret) locations for over 15 years and counting. From the time I first began to photograph and explore my corner of the state I can say with very few exceptions, my Connecticut portfolio is probably one of the most published by major nationally distributed magazines, calendars and media outlets. Over that same period of time, many of my Connecticut images have become some of the most popular selling prints in my entire portfolio.


Historic pre-revolutionary New England stamping Mill reaps with rustic charm along a babbling brook and falls in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills | Buy Prints

Open Edition - Revolutionary era stamping mill is an historic remnant from yesteryear. This is a painterly image, well suited for a Canvas print or our Wood FloatPlaqs with the satin finish

Connecticut displays it true colors every autumn when those leaves begin to change. The Litchfield Hills and the surrounding towns & villages are the states primary draw for leaf peepers and weekend adventurers. Some of the regions visitors drive as far away as Philadelphia, D.C., New Jersey and New York to spend the weekend. Connecticut's lower counties and neighboring Rhode Island make up the majority of Litchfield Counties tourist.

What most tourist never really do is take a moment to stop the car and really get out there and explore. They'll hit all the trendy little shops in the villages of Kent and New Preston, circle the downtown Green of New Milford, slowly drive through Washington Depot (the inspirations for the Gilmore Girls TV show) and take a few pics of the historic courthouse in Litchfield.

Heartwarming winter scene depicts the quaint village of Litchfield and the seasonal decorations along Main St & the Green on a snowy Christmas Morning

Open Edition - This heartwarming winter scene depicts the downtown village Green of Litchfield, and the wonderfully decorated storefronts leading to the historic courthouse clocktower as big snowflakes fall from the sky.

Unbeknown to them, mother nature has quite a few surprises in store for those that have the knack to get off the beaten track. That is exactly where I thrive. Connecticut has a nice diversity of bucolic rural countryside, quiet back-country roads (often unpaved) that can bring you to places seen by just a few folks daily. Getting lost and exploring out here is a favorite pastime of mine. That has been my secret recipe for capturing the imagery I make and have successfully licensed or sold as prints over the years.

The northwestern corner of Connecticut is a prime destination for more than a few stunning waterfalls. Places like Kent Falls and Southford Falls are most obvious since they are roadside attractions and require very little effort to view. Sure, I've been there and done that many times over - especially at nearby Kent Falls, but due to their popularity, it requires being there "well before or after" the average person tends to visit these locations. For tourist and visitors, it's about convenience. Speaking for myself, I prefer the solitude the Litchfield Hills provide for me at inconvenient hours - and I'd rather be present for the best quality photographic lighting experience.

Campbell Falls is one of the Berkshires most picturesque cascades | As it tumbles down the steep cliffs it makes ethereal swirls in the grotto below

Straddling the border of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Campbell Falls is one of the Berkshires most picturesque cascades.

Tucked away right on the border with Massachusetts, Campbell falls is without a doubt one of the regions most picturesque waterfalls. The Whiting River flows southward from the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts to this high cliff. Here is where the Whiting drops 50' and becomes the Campbell falls. Norfolk is the closest village to Campbell Falls State park, and happens to be prime Black Bear country.

A gentle series of cascades tumble into a placid grotto under a canopy of thick and vibrant Connecticut fall foliage at Enders Falls | Connecticut photo prints

Enders Falls lies on the eastern fringes of the southern Berkshires. It is made up of 5 distinct cascades, each a moderate hike from one another. This is an Open Edition print

Black bears are native to the state and their population has thrived over the last decade. Large scale construction has slowed, and the forest have regenerated, overtaking empty fields once used for corn, hay & tobacco. Connecticut has no "true" wilderness like we do in our western states, or as the Adirondacks and northern Maine does. However, the western hills of Connecticut are 80% forested and it is home to the largest roadless area in the entire state.


New Preston's Congregational Church steeple overlooks the brilliant fall foliage from its hillside perch | Litchfield Hills scenic landscapes photography

The tall & slender steeple of the New Preston Congregational Church overlooks the village from it's high hillside perch.

The highest named elevations in the state are all encompassed in Litchfield County. Bear Mountain, Mt Riga, Caanan Mountain, and Mt Frissell immediately come to mind, and I've hiked all of them. Mt Frissell is technically part of the Taconic Range which runs north to south parallel to the southern Berkshires. Although the forest are overtaking abandoned meadows and fields once used for commercial use, the gently sloping topography of the region still is home to many active Dairy farms & Apple orchards.

Bucolic autumnal setting in northwestern Connecticut featuring wide open meadows and rolling forested hills of a working farm near Goshen | Fine Art prints

Bucolic autumnal setting in northwestern Connecticut featuring wide open meadows and rolling forested hills of a working farm near Goshen. This is an Open Edition - available as a wide format 2:1 aspect ratio print.

To keep Connecticut's rural and pastoral identity intact, the state established a land conservation act called the Connecticut Farmland Preservation Program. Farms sell their local government a conservation easement to their property, providing cash to the farm and control for the town to ensure the land can be withheld from future development

One of the 19 scenic barns along the original Quilt Barn Trail in New Milford Connecticut | Connecticut fine art photography prints

One of the most scenic barns along the Quilt Barn Trail in New Milford, Connecticut.

Back in 2001, the state of Ohio began a movement by developing a scenic "Quilt Barn Trail". Starting with the Adams County Quilt Sampler, the trail has grown to include over a dozen Ohio counties. 39 more states would follow suite. The town of New Milford would become the first Connecticut town to establish a quilt barn trail. The Quilt Trail consists of 19 colorful hand painted quilt patterns. They were hung on antique and vintage barns and historical buildings throughout this popular Litchfield Hill's town. On their website they are quoted as "It honors the regions rich agricultural history, the exciting resurgence of family farms in New Milford today and the American tradition of quilt-making".

An artistic image depicting a historic red saltbox style barn in Connecticut's pastoral Litchfield Hills region | Connecticut Fine Art prints for sale

A wintry morning at the old red saltbox barn in South Kent. This imagery is artistically enhanced by using a technique introducing a "textured layer" for a painterly effect.

Idyllic pastoral Litchfield Hill's scene featuring peak fall foliage, an old rustic barn nestled at the edge of the forest | Connecticut fine art & stock photos

An idyllic pastoral scene featuring a weathered old barn nestled at the edge of the forest. I've been blessed that this image has been published so many times including the likes of Yankee Magazine and the USA Today. This is an Open Edition print.

I'll complete my "quad-pack" of lovely old barn photographs in Connecticut's hills region with a scene I've titled "Kent Hollow". Somehow I've been blessed (back in 2010) that this simple & idyllic landscape image had cast so much positive attention my way. Yankee Magazine chose my little corner of the world to be New England's TOP fall foliage destination in their Autumn Edition that year, and featured this same image in their online subscribers webzine. The Kent Hollow prints have sold steadily ever since the Yankee article was first published.

Each of the images featured in this article are available as prints right here on my website in the Connecticut Country collection. I hope the region as I've describe above and the featured imagery inspires you to plan a visit to our Litchfield Hills region.