Barnet

More Joy, Less Judgment

I was procrastinating this morning, thinking of ways to avoid going out into the -2.9 degree weather (citing the temperature in tenths of a degree gives it dramatic effect) to shoot or run errands, when I stumbled across a really fine New Yorker article by George Saunders about Grace Paley. I love reading how great […]

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Mountaintop Wedding

A week ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful marriage of Amanda and Brian (whom I met last fall under rather serendipitous circumstances). Originally, they had asked me to shoot what was to be their conventional wedding, but then they decided to elope and asked if I had any ideas for a good outdoor […]

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Amanda and Mike

Saving a Farm

Thanksgiving is a good time to think about where our food comes from, about what it takes to nourish and encourage farms, to preserve Vermont’s living, agricultural landscape. Well, first it takes money – lots of money, from a variety of sources. Second, it takes farmers – the people who want to work the land, and who know what […]

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Owl's Head at Dawn

On Top of Vermont

One of my favorite places in Vermont is Owl’s Head. It is in Groton State Park, and has a parking lot that is a quick 10-minute hike from a summit that offers unobstructed 270º views of endless forests, several peaks, and multiple ponds. The problem is, since it’s only 10 minutes from one’s car to the lookout, […]

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Montpelier Panoramas

With the generous assistance of Ashley Witzenberger at Montpelier Alive, I been able to make a few forays up steep ladders, past spiderwebs and ancient clockworks, to the top of the Montpelier City Hall tower. The goal was to capture a series of panoramas of Montpelier – one for each season. Technically, each panorama is actually a vertorama, because it is shot in […]

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Vermontotypes

Last weekend I was exploring the backroads of southwestern Vermont. I scouted many excellent sites for future visits through the coming seasons, met some really interesting people (best meal: Eggs Norway Style at Bob’s Diner), and had a great time shooting the Brubeck Brothers Quartet concert at Manchester’s Southern Arts Center. As I was looking back […]

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Moon Shot

I WAS HALFWAY down the steep, rocky trail when I first heard their quiet voices floating up the path. It was 7:30 in the morning and I had been utterly alone on this peak for the last two hours, having risen early to catch the setting of the harvest moon over Mount Equinox. It had been […]

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Brotherhood of the Arrow

Faire Thee Well

In the heart of the Green Mountains, a sun swept field vibrates with the enthusiasm of a thousand devotees of broadswords, mead and medieval attire. Maidens in ankle-length dresses and pushup bodices, accompanied by young sires trussed up in leather and the occasional feathered cap, clamber out of dusty Subarus and F150s to attend the first […]

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Montpelier Birdfest

I heard about this weekend’s Birdfest and, knowing nothing about birding but having run through the fields of the North Branch Nature Center many many mornings, I thought it might be an interesting opportunity to do a different sort of event shoot. I only have a 300mm zoom, which did not bring the warblers and […]

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Just Add Water

I admit it, I have a routine. Not a rut, a routine. What I like to do on a Saturday or Sunday is roll out of bed about an hour before sunrise, make a thermos full of coffee, grab a quick bite, then hop into the car and plunge into the murky darkness, hugging the […]

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Buried Stories

A few nights ago, I went out during Blue Hour to explore and shoot at a fascinating graveyard here in town, St. Augustine’s. I was looking for texture and the deep, saturated colors that can be found at this time of day. I found something else as well… The Catholic cemetery sits on a hill, facing west to […]

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Summer!

Tomatoes are in the ground, mosquitoes have been sighted and swatted, and we have even had a few hot spells and thunderstorms. It all adds up to summer in Central Vermont. And right on time, this year’s long, dark winter notwithstanding. The warmer weather has had me itching to get out on the weekends and do […]

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Burr Morse

Sweet Maple

The first Morse family sugaring ancestor arrived in Cabot in 1789. For 150 years, the family tapped trees and boiled sap in Maple Corner. In 1952, the family moved to its current farm in East Montpelier. With over 60 years sugaring experience, Burr Morse is the family’s maple patriarch, as well as its boiler-in-chief. He […]

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Winter Road

Spring Has Sprung (almost)

Without a doubt, this was the longest, coldest winter in Vermont since we moved here 25 years ago. There were plenty of thoughts about places like Napa, Laguna Beach, Santa Fe and New Bern during the long, cold January nights… By February, it was more than a struggle to get out and shoot in the early […]

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Fall Photos

This fall has been a fruitful time for photos. And lucky. I can really only get out and shoot on weekends, and have not traveled far. But even a dozen or less miles from home there are always new treasures to find, if you pay attention to the light, the phases of the moon, the […]

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