- Tacoma to Tacoma
- Bird Banding at North Branch Nature Center
- Across the Winooski: the Cross Vermont Trail Bridge
- Adirondacks: Middle Saranac Lake & Ampersand Mountain
- Montpelier’s Middle School Track Meet
- NWVT Bill Koch Mini-Fest
- MHS/MSMS @ U32x2
- MHS/MSMS @ Craftsbury
- MHS/MSMS at the Elks
- MHS/MSMS at U32
- Stick Season
- Lost Nation Roll Roller Ski Race
- USBA Team Shoot
- Black Lives Matter, Vermont State House
- Sanders & Yang in New Hampshire
- 2019 International Biathlon Union Trials
- September 2019 Climate Strike
- PEI: Sea, Sky and Field
- Dam Wrightsville Cyclo-Cross
- Hemp Harvest
- Hannah & Ben
- Montpelier’s July 3 Parade & the Montpelier Mile
- Recent Clips
- US Biathlon Association 2019 Nationals
- FIS World Cup Finals, Quebec City
- Seefeld 2019: FIS World Nordic Ski Championships
- The Seven Sisters
- London: Look Both Ways
- 2019 US Paralympics
- Normandy & Brittany
- NENSA 2018 Eastern Cup, Craftsbury
- Pheasant Shoot
- Grand Canyon Rafting
- 2018 World Disc Golf Championships
- Lake Champlain Open Water Swim
- Susanna & Akaash
- Chaloux Brothers Firewood
- Craftsbury Half Marathon
- Gulf of California & Baja California Sur
- 2018 Super Tour Finals @ Craftsbury
- World Cup Ski Orienteering at Craftsbury
- Mont Ste. Anne Ski de Fond, Quebec
- Catching Up on Oregon
- Solar Eclipse, 2017, Painted Hills, Oregon
- 2017 US National Biathlon Roller Ski Championships
- Nouveau Brunswick, Nova Scotia
- Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland
- Lahti #3
- Lahti World Championship #1
- State House Refugee Vigil
- Eastern Cup #1, 2016-17
- PEI, 2016
- Wind River, Yukon
- New Haven River Race
- Craftsbury Super Tour Finals 2016
- Ski Tour Canada 2016
- STC 2016 Athletes, Coaches, Volunteers
- UVM Winter Carnival, Eastern Cup, Super Tour
- Craftsbury Paralympics Gallery 2016
- 2015 Craftsbury Eastern Cup
- Coast to Coast
- Skyline Blue Ridge
- Florida Keys
- Craftsbury SuperTour 2015, II
- Craftsbury SuperTour 2015
- Oregon Coast & Portland
- Austria & the World Masters
- Natchez Trace Parkway
- Plainfield Flower Farm
- Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands
- Home Share Now
- Santacon + NYC2
- Algonquin Park
- Irene Clean-Up, Waterbury, VT
- Irene Aftermath
- La Belle France
- 2011 NCAA Nordic Ski Championships
- Craftsbury Eastern Cup
Over the summer, staff at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, VT, have been meeting just after dawn every week or so to band birds. The idea, says NBNC executive director Chip Darmstadt, is to monitor the local bird population in terms of survival and reproduction rates. That information is then combined with statistics from banding spots around the country to provide an overall picture of the local avian population. Nets set up around the nature center capture birds in flight without harming them. Then birds are removed from the nets and a small, numbered metal band is placed on one leg (if the bird has not been previously banded). The birds are weighed and measured and all the statistics taken down for future use. Then the birds are quickly released. These photos show Chip and Charlie Darmstadt in action, banding on a recent morning. “Basically, you get a readout on the vital statistics of the local population,” Darmstadt said. Songbird banding is done for this season, but there will be some banding of saw-whet owls in the fall.
Workers from CCS Constructors in Morrisville, VT, bridged the Winooski River Friday with the latest link in the Cross Vermont Trail. The steel bridge was fabricated in Minnesota, trucked in sections to the banks of the Winooski above the Levesque hydro dam in East Montpelier, assembled and then brought across the river, like a giant erector set in action.
A crane on the hydro site side of the river moved the bridge onto a barge floating in the Winooski. That was floated across the river, where another crane latched onto the bridge and moved it the final yards onto its abutments. The bridge and the associated trail, which will connect to the trail in Montpelier, will not be completely finished or open until the fall.
On the Route 2 side of the river, Cross Vermont Trail founder Rose Paul and the trail’s executive director Greg Western celebrated.
Amtrak is back. At least in Vermont. The first post-COVID (?) passenger train rolled through Montpelier Junction Monday morning, heading for Washington, DC, and was greeted by hundreds of rail enthusiasts. Passengers with reservations and $1 tickets for short hops in the state boarded and disembarked from earlier stops. And there was music, free creemees, and a dose of railroad history.
Top: Tim Donovan and his granddaughter, Neala, were in the front row, ready to ride. Below, everybody loved the train, but it looked like it needed some help from the infrastructure bill; Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson; Paul Palmer from O & J’s Sweet Treats in Jericho takes an order; and passengers waiting to embark.
The Adirondacks are close to home, but we don’t get there as often as we should. Thanks to Dave Jones’s persistence and planning, I did get to spend a couple nights on Middle Saranac Lake, including a climb up Ampersand Mountain, a couple weeks ago. Big skies there, even if it’s nowhere near Montana. That’s Dave, kicking back in the last photo. Click here for a gallery, including some air force maneuvers.
The scene at the Deschutes Brew Pub brewery in Portland, OR: The brewer, left, is my son, Jim. That’s my brother, Joe, at right. Joe and I drove a pickup truck out to Portland for Jim in early June. I’ll be posting photos from the trip eventually.
I was relaxing next to a little lake near Cooperstown, NY, at dusk when these colors happened and this guy paddled by. It’s a lake that is relatively high in elevation and you feel as though the sky and water are very close to each other.
I happened to be in Bristol, RI, very briefly a couple weeks ago. Southeast of Providence, southwest of Fall River, Mass., it was a beautiful spot to see spring arrive on the shores of Narragansett Bay. The surrounding area and the peninsula that contain Bristol were a center of Native American settlement in pre-colonial days because it was the best agricultural land and the riches of the bay were there for the taking. All photographed with Fuji mirrorless, which I’m leaning on for travel because the cameras and lenses weigh about half as much as DSLR cameras and lenses.
Last week, about 200 kids from 10 middle schools showed up for one of the first track and field meets to be held in Montpelier for a long time. From the looks of it, good times were had by all. For a giant gallery of running and jumping kids, click here.
Because of the impending visit of the emerald ash borer, we felt we had to take down a big, straight, beautiful ash that was close to the house. Down it came: cuts easily, splits beautifully, burns well. Still it was a shame to incinerate it when it could have become floors or cabinets. But it’s tough to find someone to haul a lone tree to a sawmill or to set up a portable mill for one tree. These are from last year, which means all this beautiful ash is now … ash.