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The Joy of Pavement (Without Cars)

Unless you’ve been reading the local papers, you don’t know about the long and painful process over the past summer of paving the County Road, the main drag from Montpelier, VT, to the bucolic hills of Calais and East Montpelier. (Click headline or photo for full post.) It involved a temporarily torn-up road (all summer), rough pavement, flat tires, dust, and various delays, but, finally, […]

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Veterans and Kids on Vets’ Day

This year’s Veterans Day Parade in Montpelier included veterans, of course, but also kids from Union Elementary School wearing placards dedicated to a veteran close to them. They all marched through downtown to the war memorial at Montpelier High School for the placing a wreath and flowers. Click on photo or headline for the full post. Top photos, the prayer, and Tom McGibney, American Legion […]

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Top of the State, State of the Top

Climbed very slowly up Mt. Mansfield last week, going from misty valley fog through bright sun on bright foliage to a smattering of ice and snow on top, at the highest point in Vermont, 4,395 feet in elevation. That was a peak, but also the end of peak foliage. Click on pic or head for more. Or there’s a bit more on Instagram and Facebook.

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Heights of the Season

Leaves peaking, leaf peepers peeping, yesterday, White Rocks Mountain, VT; Hunger Mountain next door, Camels Hump, Mansfield, Waterbury Res in the distance. And the season’s first frost on the trees. Crystalline, cold and breezy on the summits. And today, the first woodstove fire of the season. Click thru for more.  

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Blessings

The local weekly, The Bridge, asked me to photograph the Blessing of the Animals at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. I thought this would be a short visit but the blessing came near the end of the service, so I had a while to wait. But that provided a few minutes to sit quietly, something I rarely do. (Click on headline or photo for full […]

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Something to Luge

You have probably been asking yourself: “How DO lugers train during the summer when there’s no snow?” The answer was on display on a hot day in mid-July at Mt. Van Hovenberg athletic complex in Lake Placid. Teens in the development program were rolling on street luges, coached by former Olympic luger Jayson Terdiman. Click photo or headline for more.

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Tadoussac, Quebec, & the Whale Highway

Back from Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord and a whale-watching quest. The estuary where the Saguenay and the St. Lawrence rivers meet is one of the best places on earth to see a variety of whales. (From the blog page, click on the photo or headline for the full post and more photos.) The Saguenay, bringing its tea-colored waters from the boreal forest, flows into the mighty […]

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El Torneo de Futbol 2022

Last Saturday was the annual Torneo de Futbol de Justicia Migrante put on by Vermont’s Migrant Justice organization. (Click on the headline or photo for full post.) In the heart of northern New England virtually all the larger dairy farms run with the labor of migrant workers from Latin America. Many of them are invisible to Vermonters most of their working year, so the Torneo […]

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Montpelier’s July 3rd July 4th Parade

After a two-year COVID absence, Montpelier’s July Fourth parade (always held on July 3rd) was back, in most of its glory. There was a strong presence of marchers for abortion rights, and more politicians than ever. Plus a surprise appearance by the Chinese religion Falun Dafa. Why? I don’t know. As always, click on the headline or the photo for the full post. Click here […]

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Moving Light Dance

I photographed Moving Light Dance’s spring performance June 3–5 on a green hillside at Peck Orchard in East Montpelier, VT. (Click through on the headline or photo to see more photos, as with all these posts.) The performance started around 6:30 p.m., and on the last night the setting sun angled in over the apple trees bathing the stage in beautiful golden light.

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