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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Crystal Lake fog Barton VT

A fisherman heads out in his skiff as the sun is breaking through the early morning fog on Crystal Lake in Barton

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ebook: Photographing Vermont's Fall Foliage is Available

Cover of the Ebook which I am happy to tell you that I have co-written!

In 1973, photographer Arnold J Kaplan wrote a pamphlet type book on photographing scenes in Vermont------where to find the iconic scenes. This book contained locations of many of Vermont's scenic places. These locations to this day are still referred to as "Kaplan Scenes". My friend and fellow photographer Andy Richards has spent a lot of time photographing Fall foliage scenes in VT, and relied heavily on using the booklet written by Kaplan. (I also have a copy of this booklet myself that I have used over the years) During Andy's travels, he realized that many of these scenes were no longer viable due to changes in the landscape, deforestation, tree growth blocking the view etc. so Andy began taking his own notes.

By the time Andy and I met Arnold Kaplan, he was in his 90's. Andy formed a friendship with him, and before his death in 2013, Arnold wrote the forward to Volume 1 of this book......and basically handed the baton to him to carry on with his legacy of  his Vermont Booklet.

Andy published volume 1 in 2012. A year and a half ago he asked me to co-write volume 2 with him. How could I say no? I'm thrilled to tell you that the Ebook is available to purchase as of today on

 It will be released on Apple ibookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Baker and Taylor within the next few weeks.This book contains directions to each local, and oftentimes the GPS coordinates as well. We also give suggestions on where to safely park your car, and the best time of day to photograph, as well as an example photo for each location that one of us has taken. My passion is photographing the Vermont landscape, especially in Autumn. I'm thrilled to be able to share my favorite landscape locations with other photographers.......and not just photographers as this book is the perfect guide for "leaf peepers" as well. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tangerini's Spring Street Farm Apple Picking

Today is all about my grandson Stevie, as it is his first birthday!!! We went apple picking at Tangerini's Farm in Millis MA on Friday and I took his one year old photos while we were there.

The apples we picked are absolutely delicious. This is the same farm where I took the sunflower photos and it is turning into one of my favorite farms to visit.

Here is Stevie......

We had a delicious lunch after the apple picking. The food there is all fresh farm to table and it's delicious. We ordered the hummus and veggie platter. It was yummy.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Wheeler Pond Barton VT

We lost a very dear of Mr. S's best friends......he and his wife are the reason we "found" the NEK of VT and found our home up there. He is the one who totally renovated our big old farmhouse in Barton after we purchased it. He was a jack of all trades, a kind, decent, honest, God loving, family loving, life loving man. His funeral was Saturday so we made an overnight trip up there this weekend to attend and celebrate his life and support his beautiful family.

We woke up Saturday morning to temperatures in the 30's. We took a drive around to some of our favorite spots. It was a perfect morning and it felt good to reconnect with nature and breathe in the fresh Vermont air. It was good for the soul and just what we needed during this difficult time.

The first place I wanted to visit that morning was Wheeler Pond in Barton. The temperatures in New England have been unseasonably chilly the past few weeks and these cold temps have kick started the very beginning of the progression of the Fall foliage. Wheeler Pond is always my "go to" spot for early fall colors, because the swamp maples that line the Northern end of the pond always turn early.

The Southern end of the pond still had some morning fog dancing along the water. Here is one of the Green Mountain Club Cabins enjoying the early morning view.

Rest in the sweetest of peace Danny. And as you whispered to me when I said goodbye to you two weeks ago, "We will meet again some day".

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Orleans County Fair, Barton VT 2017

We made our annual family visit to the Barton Fair again this year. This always signals the end of Summer for us. There is typically a Fall feel to the air, and the subtle signs that Fall will soon be approaching are usually seen.

This year's fair was not as good as previous years. There weren't as many rides or shows. It was disappointing to me, as I always really enjoy the different shows. But, at least the 4H displays were still good, which is always my favorite part of the fair. The tractor pulls were being held when we were there, but I didn't take any photos of them this year.

I also decided to just bring my IPhone this year to take pictures. Love the camera on the IPhone 7plus.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lake Willoughby Westmore VT

Most of the Lake Willoughby photos that I have shared here on the blog have been taken from the South end of the lake. This photo which I recently took is from the NorthWest end of the lake. (As always, please click on image to enlarge)

I am really looking forward to photographing this area, as well as many other areas of the Northeast when it is dressed in it's Fall finest. I will once again be spending a lengthy time photographing the Fall foliage of New England.......beginning the end of September into October. My plans thus far are to focus (pun intended!) on Northern New Hampshire and Northern, Central, and hopefully Western VT. As the foliage progresses Southward, I have plans to follow it into Southern New England throughout the month of October.

I will be sharing information on a project that I have been working on for over a year in an upcoming blog post. Stay tuned!!!!