Nature imitating art on Amtrak

Commentary and photo by William Morgan

Travel today is mostly a chore. But one pleasure of taking Amtrak's Northeast Regional between Boston and New York is the trip along the shore of Long Island Sound.

Between Westerly, R.I.,  and New Haven, Conn. -- going through Stonington, Mystic, Old Lyme, Saybrook, Clinton, Madison and Guilford -– there is an aqueous landscape of estuaries, rivers and marshes.

Despite efforts to despoil our natural habitat, this watery stretch  between Interstate 95 and the Sound cannot support much more than the train tracks and summertime sailboats.

An iPhone shot taken at 65 miles an hour, in the rain, should be nothing to write home about. Yet, this glimpse of coast around Clinton evoked New England landscape painters of 150 years ago, such as Worthington Whittredge, Martin Johnston Heade, and Fitz Hugh Lane. Like them, we are still inspired.