Reflections on Water

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We tend to take clean water for granted, but — in case you missed it — read the NYT story at the link here. It takes place in and around Parkersburg. Below, reflections in the North Branch of the Winooski River, Montpelier, VT, this past December, a month that broke records in Vermont for warm temperatures and lack of snow. Looks like I did something horrible to it in PhotoShop, but I didn’t. Just a reflection in water, turned upside down.

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US Paralympics #2 & Gallery

dsc_7949copyWAndy Soule prepares for a race at the US Paralympics Nordic Skiing Festival at the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center. Saturday was the fourth and final day of the competition. Soule, who joined the Army after Sept. 11, 2001, lost his legs to an IED while serving in Afghanistan. He was a medalist in the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Below: Derek Zaplotinsky of Alberta, Canada, takes a downhill on a sit-ski; Craftsbury Green Team racer Hallie Grossman, left, with visually impaired skier Mia Zutter of Sun Prairie, WI, whom she guided on the race course; Mathieu St. Pierre of Quebec; and, at bottom, Minnesota’s Aaron Pike carves a corner on one ski. Contestants competed in cross-country ski racing and biathlon (skiing combined with target shooting). Click here for a gallery/slide show. Click here for information on the US Paralympics nordic team.

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US Nordic Paralympics

DSC_6649WMWI photographed day one of the four-day US Paralympics Nordic Skiing Festival at Craftsbury (VT)  Outdoor Center today. It was a beautiful sunny day with inspiring athletes racing on snow in the sit-ski and standing categories. Some will be heading to Europe later this winter for World Cup competition. I will post a gallery from the event later, but here are a few from today.DSC_7200WMWDSC_6769WD7K_3425WDSC_7538copyWMW DSC_7475W    D7K_3478WMW  D7K_3394WMW

 

 

 

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Eastern Cup @ Craftsbury

dsc_5770copyDespite a crazy warm December, it snowed last weekend, and Craftsbury Nordic Center pulled off a big race: the first New England Nordic Ski Association Eastern Cup of the season, on a little more than a kilometer loop of manmade snow with more than 400 racers from around New England, Quebec and Ontario. It turned out to be great skiing and great spectating because all the racing — a sprint on Saturday and a 5-k race on Sunday — was within a short walk of the touring center. Racers ranged from the top skiers in the Northeast to high schoolers and kids 13 and under in the Bill Koch League. Check out more in the gallery here. Results are here.  Today it’s about 40 degrees and raining hard.dsc_5548copy_2dsc_4503copyd7k_3104copy_1w dsc_3475copy dsc_5397dsc4861_copy

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Nocember

DSCF6988copyAW2It’s turning into a bit of a wait for winter here in Vermont: Mid-December and temperatures commonly into the 40s and 50s. No snow, except the kind that comes out of snow guns, greens surviving in the garden, open water, unfrozen ground, people in lightweight jackets buying Christmas trees. Pleasant enough, but weird.DSCF7060copyW DSC_3265copy_1W   DSCF6924copyW

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Mt. Mansfield November

DSCF8205copyWThe world is going to hell, no doubt. Meanwhile, manmade snow on Mt. Mansfield (VT), above, and the British are still insisting on quirky signs. (Scroll down to see what I mean.)

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British Signs

D7K_2289copyWSHIs it just me, or is there something funny about British signs?

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Sticks on the Water

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Warm weather, sun low in the sky: a final (?) Stick Season paddle, Waterbury Reservoir, VT.

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Late Colors, Early Snow

DSC_2856copyWA twofer: First snow and the dreaded fall foliage shot, all in one, Stowe, VT. The fall colors came weeks late this year, to mix with some early snow over this past weekend. Above, snow squall blows in over the valley. Below, Smugglers Notch and Trapp Hill Road.DSC_2753copyWDSC_2912copyW DSC_2815copyW1  DSC_2747copyW1

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The Most Depressing Landscape in Europe? (C2C #2)

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More from England’s Coast to Coast path.

And two other things:

• One of the most common questions we got was: Why did you come all the way over here to hike if you have the Appalachian Trail at your doorstep? We tried to explain about the Green Tunnel effect of hiking in the eastern US compared to the long views of the Lake District, which is virtually treeless in the mountains: the trees have long since been cut down and along miles and miles of stone walls sheep have been grazing to the summits for centuries, keeping regrowth in check. It turns out that those long views can be controversial. George Monbiot, an advocate of “rewilding,” calls the Lake District “one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe.” He suggests prohibiting sheep grazing on at least part of it and allowing and fostering regeneration of trees and other native plants. His view — The Lake District is a wildlife desert. Blame Wordsworth. — is here.  Some of the opposition is here.

• More pictures below. And there’s a gallery here.

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Fell runner, mountain runner; Angle Tarn near Patterdale, Cumbria, England

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