Eastern Cup #1, Craftsbury

The New England Nordic Ski Association started its Eastern Cup racing season out Saturday and Sunday at the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center. There were top racers from the East, eastern Canada and elsewhere as well as masters racers and everything in between, including kids in the Bill Koch League races at the end of the day. Click here for a big gallery.

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Recent Publications: Faster Skier, Northern Woodlands

Sweden’s Stina Nilsson, Ebba Andersson, Charlotte Kalla and Anna Haag faced the cameras after winning the silver medal in the relay at the 2017 Nordic World Championships.

I really appreciate the recent article the Faster Skier web site did on some of my work covering the nordic ski racing scene. Above, one of the photos from the article, taken in Lahti, Finland, in 2017. You can reach the Faster Skier article by clicking here.

And I was happy that some of the photos of the Chaloux Brothers firewood business that I published in the blog back in July are in the Autumn issue of Northern Woodlands, below. The Chalouxs are great people and hard workers in a tough business. I photographed them and their firewood operation over the course of several months. Northern Woodlands is an excellent magazine focusing on the forest ecology and economy of the Northeast. Click here for my original gallery of the Chalouxs at work. Click here for a link to the Northern Woodlands article. And subscribe or buy the magazine.

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Winter Jumps

After a long cloudy day, the sun came out and the kids started jumping off the mini-mountain of manmade snow at the Craftsbury, VT, Outdoor Center last weekend. The guy on the bottom started out facing the other direction and in this series is en route to a 360.

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Post Bat Mitzvah Post

After the bat mitzvah comes the post bat mitzvah party!

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Pheasant Shoot

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to photograph a pheasant shoot in the countryside about an hour west of London. Pheasant shooting in England is both sport and social activity. The pheasants, a species introduced to England long ago, are bred, raised and released in the millions annually and then nurtured with feed and forage. Expenses are shared among a group of hunters. This was a driven shoot—the birds are flushed toward the hunters by “beaters” walking the woods and fields—and shot in flight. The hunters use shotguns; dogs fetch the downed birds. I photographed this using a small Fuji x100F mirrorless camera with a fixed medium wide angle lens (35 mm equivalent; no zoom; no telephoto), which was a challenge. Click here for a gallery.

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Grand Canyon Rafting

O.A.R.S. boatwoman Joelle Stanion pilots her passengers through Lava Falls, Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, in the second week of October. We were able to fill some cancellation spots on a raft trip down the 138-mile section of the river from Phantom Ranch to Diamond Creek. We walked down the Bright Angel Trail from the South Rim, met the rafts at the river and headed downstream. The Colorado was brown from Hurricane Rosa’s rains, but it was a great trip, floating through the ever-changing landscape, hiking in the side canyons, and meeting new friends. Click here for a big gallery.

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Goodbye Lake Champlain Summer

To mark the start of fall: the last few hours of a last summer day on Lake Champlain. Early September, Oakledge Park, Burlington, VT.

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2018 World Disc Golf Championships

The Professional Disc Golf Association’s men’s and women’s World Championships were held last weekend on the beautiful Brewster Ridge and Fox Run Meadows courses at Smugglers Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, VT. Think golf with plastic discs instead of a club and a ball, a basket instead of a hole, and you have it. Different discs for different jobs: drivers, putters and more. Just as much athleticism and concentration as professional golf but less money on the line, although the overall winner of the men’s division, California’s Gregg Barsby, won $10,000. Above, Barsby gets a hug from fellow pro Jeremy Koling after winning and, below, a celebratory lift. It was Barsby’s first win in 16 appearances at the Worlds, starting when he was 15. Below that, former four-time PDGA Worlds winner Paul McBeth concentrates and throws. Top, Paul Ulibarri about to hit the basket. Click here for a gallery.

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Frost on the Dock

Lake Iroquois, Williston, VT, this morning. Temperature about 36 degrees F. Frost on the dock, but worth it to see the light. Five days ago it was 94 degrees and humid.

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Northfield Sky & Barn

About as Vermont Lifey as I get. But I couldn’t resist. Of course, the state has seen fit to kill off the withering Vermont Life. RIP.

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