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Pictures of the Year, Montpelier, VT

Because I was taking photos last year for the local newspaper, the Montpelier Bridge, I was able to chronicle some of the good, the bad and the crazy that 2021 brought us. Here are a handful of my favorite local photos. Click here for a bigger pictures-of-the-year gallery.

2021 started with the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and the craziness reached all the way to Montpelier (above), where state police patrolled the State House grounds January 17th in case of violent protests from Trump loyalists. No demonstrations materialized, although counter-demonstrators met a few blocks away at City Hall. 

On September 11, Friends of the Winooski volunteers scoured the North Branch of the Winooski River for trash and found quite a bit.

State employees and teachers rallied at the State House to protest proposed changes in their pension plans, March 30.

The Red Trouser Show, David Graham and Tobin Renwick, turned State Street into a stage during the Taste of Montpelier, September 11.

Crowds await the arrival of the Amtrak train in Montpelier on Monday morning, July 19. It was the first since COVID restrictions were imposed. Tim Donovan, in blue shirt at front of crowd, was taking his granddaughter Neala on the Amtrak excursion. You could ride anywhere on the line in Vermont for $1. § Click here for a bigger pictures-of-the-year gallery.

 

 

 

Down But Not Out

All was going well in the summer of COVID, but then I fell off a bridge on my mountain bike back on June 23, dislocating the heck out of my foot and breaking my ankle. It’s all back together again, but this is the view I’ve been limited to for the past three weeks. Getting more mobile now, but I’m going to be on crutches for another month and not too likely to be posting many photos for a while, unless I go into the archives. I’ll be back. If you can stand looking at the x-ray, it’s on Instagram: @lazenbyphoto.

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Seefeld World Nordic Ski Championships #2

Still cannot enable my galleries but here are a few from the big sprint championship day yesterday. Both men’s and women’s races were won by Norwegians (no surprise!). American men and women had some good results, including Simi Hamilton’s 9th place, but no podium finishes. Details and more photos at Fasterskier.com and on Instagram @lazenbyphoto. Above, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, en route to the men’s 1.6-kilometer win and orchestrating a selfie on the podium.




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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.

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.

Daughter, Mother

Ran into these two in Harrisonburg, Virginia, having breakfast at The Little Grill Collective. I’ve heard it said that a window is the same thing as a big softbox (a piece of photography equipment that diffuses light for a softer look). Definitely true in this case. You can see the reflection of the window in the eyes. And there’s something familiar about these two …

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Good Day in the Mountains

Beautiful winter day in the mountains yesterday: sun and cold, new snow. That’s Camel’s Hump with Mt. Mansfield sticking up behind it in the top photo, as seen from Sugarbush North. Others are both from Sugarbush North. Because of the angle, Camel’s Hump and Mansfield aren’t showing their usual distinctive profiles.

Greetings from the Season

Holiday greetings from the frozen north. For the first time in a few years we’ll have an authentic northern New England white Christmas.  It did rain on top of the whiteness most of today but we have nearly two feet of snow, so it’s still here. It’s going to get cold and snow some more, and that means an old-fashioned Vermont Christmas. Happy Holidays! All the photos were taken within a mile of home. Unless I’m guessing wrong, that’s a rescued greyhound out for a stroll in the top one.


Catching Up on Oregon

It’s dramatic wherever you go in Oregon. Above, grass seed growers near Salem burn off the fields after harvesting seed and straw. Below, Silver Falls State Park and Tumalo Falls in the Deschutes National Forest near Bend. Click here for a gallery.

Lahti #7

 

 

 

One of a group of Finns dressed as part of a Suomi ski team from the 1950s at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland.

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