Chaloux Brothers Firewood


I’m just about finished with a multi-month project photographing the Chaloux Brothers Firewood operation in Williamstown, VT. Meet Roger and Hector Chaloux, among the nicest and most hard-working guys around. And meet lots of firewood, 700 or more cords a year, to add up to something more than 30,000 cords over their 39 years in business. They run log-length wood through their processor, which cuts it to length, splits it and sends it up a conveyor belt and into a dump truck for aging or immediate delivery depending on whether a customer wants green or dry wood. Top, Hector’s silhouette as he operates the wood processor. Below, Roger, and Hector and some of the steps along the way to making firewood. Some of the photos will be in the fall issue of Northern Woodlands magazine. Click here for a full gallery.


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Lake Crescent, WA

Lake Crescent curves along the edge of Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, a few miles inland of the Straits of San Juan de Fuca. It basically runs east-west and I happened to be there as the sun was starting to set last week. Spectacular landscapes in every direction in Washington. This was part of a trip west for a multi-cultural wedding near Seattle. More photos to come on that, the Olympics, Seattle and the San Juan Islands.

Camera note: First trip with the Fuji X100F, a small but not quite pocketable mirrorless camera with a fixed 35 mm-equivalent lens. You lose the zoom capability of another lens setup, but you gain a lot in portability. I used it throughout the trip. These were shot in RAW in color and processed into the Fuji ACROS black and white film simulation.

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Craftsbury Half Marathon

The Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center held its first half marathon Saturday on a beautiful and challenging course that traversed 13.1 miles of dirt roads, ski trails, and single-track through the woods to the Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro. 2,000 feet of elevation gain with beer and lunch at the end. Adam Martin, a nordic skier with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project (above, center) won in 1:16:42; David Sinclair, Waitsfield, VT, left, was second; Patrick Caldwell, US Ski Team (in blue), was third. US Ski Team (and GRP) skier Ida Sargent, below, won the women’s race in 1:37:05. There can’t be many half marathons that can match this one  for the scenery alone, not to mention the hills and the beer. Click here for a full gallery.  Click here for results.

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Dave Rowell’s Barn Dance

It was all big: the barn dance in Dave Rowell’s big yellow barn in East Craftsbury, VT, last night; the crowd (hundreds); Dave himself (at the mike with the Starline Rythmn Boys); the fried chicken sandwiches served up by the Craftsbury General Store; the rebound in the barn’s wooden floor when the band played Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On. The biggest Northeast Kingdom social event of the spring. To benefit the Craftsbury Public Library and the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Only in Vermont does a rockabilly band play to nurture the appreciation of chamber music.

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NOLA #2: Wedding, Second Line

New Orleans is an old city with a lot of traditions, one of which is the Second Line parade. In this case it was for a wedding. The parade usually goes from the ceremony to the reception, through the nearby streets. The First Line is a brass band and the happy couple, each of whom are swinging parasols. The second line is the rest of the wedding guests, walk-dancing to the music and often waving white handkerchiefs. In this case, first and second lines have arrived at the reception in the tourist-infested French Quarter and these are the final dance steps. If you’ve seen the HBO series Treme, you’ll know that a Second Line also works for funerals.

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New Orleans, #1

Sunday morning, New Orleans. I have no idea why this guy was carrying a briefcase early on a sunny Sunday morning, but he was heading for the riverfront (that’s a shipping crane in the distance on the other side of the river). When he got there he sat on a bench in the sun and watched the Mississippi and the strollers and joggers roll by. NOLA, Nawlins, The Big Easy, call it what you want, but it’s a slice of America you should experience. Great people, music, food and traditions. And excellent light. (Well, the French Quarter and Bourbon Street are overrun by tourists, but you can manage the crowds by choosing your time of day and steering clear.)

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Daughter, Mother

Ran into these two in Harrisonburg, Virginia, having breakfast at The Little Grill Collective. I’ve heard it said that a window is the same thing as a big softbox (a piece of photography equipment that diffuses light for a softer look). Definitely true in this case. You can see the reflection of the window in the eyes. And there’s something familiar about these two …

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Parking Thicket

Well-dressed parking meter in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Tim Cowan gets the credit for the headline.

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Gulf of California and Baja California Sur

Cold, rainy, and snowy in Vermont, but not at Isla Espirtu Santo in the Gulf of California, near La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Water temperature 68-plus; daytime air temperature 75-plus; fish tacos for supper. The land is essentially a desert, but the gulf is one of the most diverse aquatic habitats on earth and we had knowledgable guides to explain the geology and marine biology we saw. Better place to be in April! Click here for a gallery.

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Agriculture on the Move

It was the end of Agriculture, at least temporarily. Ceres, the god of Agriculture, came down from the dome of the Vermont State House in Montpelier yesterday. Carved from pine by State House Sergeant-at-Arms Dwight Dwinnell and associates in the 1930s to replace the 1859 version made by sculptor Larkin Mead, she was rotting away. A new one will be made, based on Mead’s original. This one will head to the Vermont Historical Society museum.

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