No Leaf Unturned

It seemed as though real spring would never arrive, but overnight, the leaves popped and it was here. Most of these are in the town of East Montpelier, VT.

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Spring & Snow

A funny spring so far: warm and then cold with snow sweeping across the highlands. Now we have the leaves ready to pop and the mountaintops are white. Makes for a nice contrast of green and white, but warm temperatures are coming and in about a week it will really look like spring. These are all in the stately rolling town of East Montpelier, VT.

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Spring Starts

I have been posting mostly on Instagram these days, so I have fallen behind on posts here. Now I’m catching up.
Even the COVID-19 stay-at-home order can’t stop spring’s slow arrival in northern Vermont. Right now it’s just at the muted brown and gray stage, but every day the greens of May are a little nearer. These are all along the North Branch of the Winooski River, about a half-mile down the road.

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COVID Days, Quiet Streets

Vermont’s stay-at-home order has brought eerie quiet to the streets of Montpelier, the capital. The most activity seems to be at the hardware store, still open because it’s considered essential, and the post office. It’s funny though: The less there is to look at, the more there is to see. Has to do with slowing down, I think.

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Trapps’ in Snow

It’s been an off-and-on winter, but snow returned on March 1, and people turned out at the Trapp Family Lodge trails in Stowe, VT, to enjoy it.

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New Hampshire Campaigners

I got to cover Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang, the two Democratic presidential candidates who were closest to my location in Vermont, in Claremont, NH, on the last weekend before the New Hampshire Primary. Sanders had the bigger crowd at Stevens High School, Yang had the better jokes at the Claremont Opera House. By the time the voting in New Hampshire was over, Yang had dropped out. For more, click here.

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Jamming at the Whammy

The Whammy Bar is a tiny venue in the back of the Maple Corner Store in Maple Corner, Calais, VT, USA. There’s a small L-shaped bar, a few tables and chairs, guitars on the wall, some sound equipment, all reached by making your way past the groceries and the to-go food offerings and turning right. Twenty-five people is about max for the audience. They can cram a full Bluegrass band into the performance spot, but it would elbow-to-elbow tight. Last Friday, local Jim Ventresca played and sang just about anything the audience asked for, with Felix Grassmann helping out, as it snowed hard outside. Calais residents and friends recently bought the store, which was in danger of closing, and transformed it, and the Whammy Bar, into a community-run entity, which has to make it one of the very few such operations in the country. Stop by if you’re in the greater metropolitan Maple Corner/Kents Corner/Gospel Hollow/Old West Church vicinity.

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Doubled Down

I rarely enter photography contests, but late in 2019 I did enter two. I got honorable mentions in both, which is better than nothing, but it’s also not as good as an actual prize. I suppose honorable mentions are how photography contests encourage people to keep sending in entry fees. On the other hand, I can honestly say that all the other images that were honorably mentioned were really good, so at least I was in good company.  Top, honorable mention #1, an all-American bubble created in the Susquehanna River town of Selinsgrove, PA, which was selected in the “Street, Professional” category in the Monochrome Photography Awards. Below, #2, a misty morning on Lake Iroquois in Williston, VT, in the Sports/Nature category of the mammoth International Photography Awards. Click here for some of the Monochrome winners. And here for some of the IPA winners.

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A Bit of Biathlon

It was a cold few days in mid-December for the International Biathlon Union trials at Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center. Biathlon combines cross country ski racing and rifle marksmanship, and, in this case, frost and icicles. Skiers  were vying for slots on US teams competing internationally. Top, Montanan Luke Brown steams and exhales mist as he removes his rifle after entering the firing range to shoot. Below, Vermont National Guard skier Deedra Irwin, en route to winning a trip to compete in Europe. Below that, Amanda Stone shooting and Kelly Kjorlien with own personal icicle. Click here for a gallery of three days of racing and shooting.

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Top of the Rock, etc.

 

Just the usual pre-Christmas goings-on at Rockefeller Center.

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