Eastern Cup #1

The New England Nordic Ski Association held its first Eastern Cup of the 2016-17 season at Craftsbury Outdoor Center Saturday and Sunday. Hundreds of skiers from New England and eastern Canada raced, in heavy snow on Saturday, rain and freezing rain on Sunday. If you want to see more, click here for a gallery. (If the gallery slideshow is too slow for you, click on the right arrow to speed things up.)

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Posted in Craftsbury Outdoor Center, cross country ski racing, Snow, Vermont, Winter

Rutland Welcomes #2

As part of plans to welcome 30 families of Syrian refugees to Rutland, VT, the local group Rutland Welcomes sponsors a weekly class in basic Arabic at the Unitarian Church. This is last week’s session with teacher Morgan Denehy (in blue shirt). No families have yet arrived, but the first are expected soon or in early 2017.

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World Cup at Killington

Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her slalom win Sunday.

When bringing a weekend of women’s World Cup alpine ski racing from Europe to Killington, VT, was proposed, Eastern skiers all but guaranteed that they’d show up to cheer, and Killington guaranteed snow to race on. After all it would be the first women’s World Cup race in Vermont for 38 years. They all delivered Saturday and Sunday, when crowds estimated at up to 15,000 flooded the base of Killington’s Superstar trail. American Mikaela Shiffrin, who learned ski racing at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Academy, also delivered, by winning Sunday’s slalom. Spectators included her 95-year-old grandmother. Stories here, and here. And here.DSC_7721_1W DSC_7755_1WaDSC_7665_1WDSC_8267_1WDSC_7697_1Wa DSC_7688_1Wa  DSC_8224_1W DSC_7864_1WDSC_8133_1W DSC_7914_2W  DSC_7470_1W

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Rutland Welcomes

DSC_7163_1WVolunteer Marsha Cassel surveys donated furniture in the former Rutland Herald press room wearing a T-shirt selected for the occasion.

Rutland, Vermont, has had its share of difficulties in the past few decades, but community members have volunteered to welcome 30 Syrian refugee families that will be resettled in Vermont through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. The local group preparing for the refugees is Rutland Welcomes. Its members have stockpiled items refugees will need at locations around the small city at the foot of the Green Mountains in west-central Vermont and are working with landlords to locate suitable apartments. Last Saturday Rutland Welcomes held a furniture donation drop and brought the donations to join the furniture collected over the past few months and stored in the basement of the Rutland Herald.

The first few families of refugees should start arriving in early December and others are to continue arriving into the spring and early summer.

Rutland Welcomes information is here.

Below, Rutland Welcomes member Barbara Richter with the furniture-drop crew Saturday and checking a donated recliner. And the scene back at the Herald with volunteers Cassel and Jim Hill.DSC_7026_1W DSC_7015_1WDSC_7194_1W DSC_7168_1W  DSC_7043_1W DSC_7135_1W DSC_7127_1W

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First Snow

20161026_7214_2WI know it was 70 last week, but the first snow has arrived on Vermont’s Mount Mansfield, and skiers and boarders have been walking up to ride down. Right on schedule. These are from yesterday. Rocky and grassy in places, but skiable.

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Prince Edward Island, Canada


Windswept October days on PEI. And a little bit of New Brunswick.  Click here for a gallery. (You can click on the right arrow on the photos to speed up the slideshow).20161017_7138_2W20161016_6905_1W



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Tour de Albany (VT)


Dirt road ride, Albany, VT.

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Susquehanna Dusk


Another of the nightly summer spectacles on the mighty Susquehanna River, Speeceville, PA.

It’s been a busy summer, and I’m just catching up. More to come.


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Posted in Pennsylvania, reflections, rivers, Susquehanna River, Watersheds

Wind River, Yukon Territory

DSC_0687_2WDSC_1000_1_1WThe Wind River is a crystal-clear, aquamarine stream that flows fast and cold out of the Wernecke Mountains into the Peel River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Some friends and I paddled more than 100 miles of it — plus a section of the Peel — in early July. It is remote, untouched, stunning and at the heart of a struggle over whether these wild lands will remain wild or be opened for development (primarily mining), a move favored by the current territorial government and opposed by First Nations and conservation groups. We saw caribou, eagles, grayling, and warblers; the tracks of bear, moose and wolf in the mud along the gravel bars, and the most beautiful riverine landscape I have ever experienced. At a latitude of between 64 and 65 degrees, the sun shone virtually 24 hours. No headlamps needed. Click here for a gallery of images from the trip. (This is longer than usual, but you can speed it up by clicking on the right arrow.) Click here and here for information about the river and protecting it.DSC_1121_1WDSC_0254_3WDSC_1725_1WDSC_1443_1W

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Farewell, Ralph Stanley

sc00104466ABWRalph Stanley in concert, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, circa 1984.

Virginian Ralph Stanley, who earned his unofficial doctorate in the Bluegrass Arts many times over in his 89 years, died June 23.

His race is run. And won. Now in the Angel Band.

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The Angel Band.


Rolling Stone (with video).

A note on the picture above: acoustic music, Tri-x film, long lens, manual focus, high and lonesome sound.

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Posted in black and white Bluegrass photography, Bluegrass, Ralph Stanley, Ralph Stanley in black and white
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