Farewell, Ralph Stanley

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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.

NYT.

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

June A.M.

DSC_9874_1WJune 4, 5:53 a.m.

 

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Yale Class

IMG_2706_1WHappened to be at Class Day at Yale University last week. It’s a convocation of all the graduating classes, undergraduate and graduate, the day before commencement. A big, colorful event. We could make some jokes about the fact that Yale calls it Class Day, but in some ways it was one of the most diverse events I have been to: many colors of graduates, many languages. I was stuck with no camera except my lowly iPhone 4S, but it worked.

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Almost Spring in the Northeast Kingdom

DSCF7880_1WSpring is on the move in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, in this case in Albany and on the ski/bike trails at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. You be the judge about the wind turbines.DSCF7974_2WDSCF7782_1WDSCF7814_1W

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April in VT

DSCF7611_1WThe April you want is not always the April you get. Especially in this state. From my favorite viewpoint on the North Branch of the Winooski River, Montpelier, VT.DSCF7606_2WDSCF7621_1W

 

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New Haven Ledges Race

New Haven River Race, VTNew Haven River Race, VTIt was warm and sunny for the annual whitewater race on the New Haven River in Bristol, VT, yesterday. Because it was such a low-snow winter, the river was lower and rockier than usual but the turnout was higher for the event, which is run by the Vermont Paddlers Club. Click here for a gallery/slideshow.New Haven River Race, VTNew Haven River Race, VT

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Evelyn Glennie Makes Music

DSC_6143copyWDame Evelyn Glennie, renowned Scottish percussionist, performed at an open rehearsal at the Barre, VT, Opera House Friday night. Glennie, who has been deaf since the age of 12, is perhaps best known for her performance in the opening ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics and her TED Talk How to Truly Listen (click here). The intimate, informal open rehearsal format allowed for questions from the audience, particularly from the children. Glennie performs in concert with conductor Paul Gambill and strings this afternoon at the Opera House and Monday at the Flynn Center Main Stage in Burlington. Her performances benefit the Community Engagement Lab (click here for more on the concerts and the organization, which works to foster creativity and community involvement in local schools.)DSC_6471copy_1WDSC_6213copy_2WDSC_6404copy_1WDSC_6227copy_1WDSC_6309WDSC_6195copy_2WDSC_6193copyW

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Making Skiing by Making Snow

It’s a sad commentary on the weather, but the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center had to continue making skiing out of nothing last week when it held the Super Tour Finals and national distance championship cross-country ski races, virtually all of it without natural (real) snow. They did it with a three-story pile of manmade snow, an excavator, 500 dump-truck loads, big ski groomers and the skilled workers and volunteers who spread the snow nearly two-feet thick along a 3.5-kilometer ribbon of winter winding through the otherwise snowless woods. It not only saved the event, but skiers said the conditions were excellent. Next winter? Who knows?

It takes a lot of energy to make and move the snow, although Craftsbury works to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible, including capturing heat from the big generator that powers the snowmaking equipment and using it to heat its buildings.

These photos show some of what it looked like, some of how Craftsbury did it and a bit of the racing. Click here for a very full gallery from all four days of racing.

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

Ski Tour Canada, Finale

dsc_3455copySkiers in a sprint heat on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.

The color, energy and speed of Ski Tour Canada 2016 East, four days of World Cup cross-country ski racing in Quebec, is over, and the racers, coaches, wax techs and journalists are heading back to their home countries around the ski world.  Click here for a gallery from the Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec Coupe du Monde races.

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Posted in Canada, Coupe du Monde nordique, cross country ski racing, Quebec, World Cup

Quebec, Quebec

 

DSC_4349copyWAWalker, Quebec City. St. Lawrence River in the background below, not completely frozen and with a channel full of bobbing ice and swirling steam. Apparently it’s very unusual for the river to be more or less open in March, another example of how weird this winter has been. Below, the window I had to wedge my shoulders into to get the picture.

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