Category Archives: Colors

Plainfield Flower Farm

It was 20 below zero here this morning so, to warm you up, here’s a look at the Plainfield, VT, Flower Farm last spring. Bram Towbin and Erica Da Costa have an acre of peonies and about 50 acres of lilacs and snowball viburnum, grown for the cut-flower market. From their hillside in Plainfield their budding flowers travel to urban flower markets around the Northeast. They are picked before they bloom so that they open after they reach their destinations. It’s hard work, art and science to grow them and pick them at just the right time. I worked on a photo story about the farm from the time the lilacs leafed out and the peonies poked through the ground until harvest. Thanks again to Bram and everyone for helping me. More pictures below, and a gallery is here.  

Link to gallery.

Also posted in agriculture, farming, Vermont

Morning, North Branch

Also posted in Autumn, Stick Season, Vermont, Weather

RAGBRAI!

Every July for 40 years the Des Moines Register and a legion of volunteers have put together a little event called the Register‘s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known as RAGBRAI, a week-long bicycle ride across the roughly 500-mile-wide state. It started with two Register employees and a few hangers-on and has grown into an Iowa tradition and a bicycling legend that this year drew 10,000 registered riders and perhaps 5,000 more unregistered ones from every state in the country and 15 foreign nations. It’s a tradition Iowans have embraced completely. It is gigantic, well-run and crazy. This year three of the seven days were above 100 degrees, which only added to the craziness. My friends Chip Stone and John Bollard and I rode it last week.  I will post more images and a gallery as I edit my way through them. Please feel free to Facebook or otherwise spread the link. Thanks! Above: sunrise on one hot morning — when the temperature’s going to hit 103 degrees, people start riding around 4:30 or 5 a.m.  Below: traffic on a rolling section of Iowa farmland (almost all of the route is closed to traffic other than bikes); an idea of the kind of Heartland food riders can get along the way; and some of the folks who make RAGBRAI what it is. More to come.

Also posted in Bicycling, Iowa, mountain biking, RAGBRAI, roads

Spring Turns a Corner

In the Vermont hills, we’re finally moving from the gray browns of March into the soft green pyrotechnics of Spring: East Montpelier and Calais roads, and one beautiful but unfortunate ruffed grouse, on the road, Calais.

 

Also posted in roads, Spring, Vermont

Field Ski

Craftsbury Nordic Center, Craftsbury, VT.

Also posted in cross-country skiing, Skiing, Snow, Vermont, Winter

Hay!

Hay barn, Craftsbury, VT.

Also posted in architecture, Snow, Vermont, Weather, Winter

Christmas Tree, Albany, VT

Also posted in Vermont, Winter

Santacon, NYC

I hate to overdo Santas, but I happened to be in New York during the annual flash mob known as Santacon, also known as the Santa Pub Crawl. Thousands of Santa wannabes followed Tweets around the city, from South Street Seaport to City Hall Park, Grand Central, the public library, Times Square and bars in between, depending on the Santa, since not all Santas are in it for the bars.  More pictures of the event and NYC in general are here. More about this red-and-white all over phenomenon is here.

 

 

Also posted in Christmas, New York City, People

You Definitely Better Not Shout

Nearly 1,200 Santas champ at their beards before the start of the first Ri Ra’s Santa 5-k Run and Walk on Church Street in Burlington, VT, Sunday. Let’s see: Beard: check! Hat: check! Santa jacket: check! Santa Belt: check! Baggy Santa pants: check! And off they went, to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Below, those beards can be a problem. Maybe some starch?

Also posted in Christmas, exercise, People, Vermont

Back to Grass

So maybe we jumped the gun a little on the skiing thing. East Montpelier, VT, today.

Also posted in rainbow, Vermont, Weather Tagged , |