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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

 From my family to yours, I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving may be different for you, and not look or feel the same. It's like things are blurred and out of perspective for us. Today at my diner table will just be Mr S, our son Jay who still lives at home, and myself. I will miss the rest of our family, but to keep us safe this is what we decided to I know many other families have chosen to do the same thing. 
If you're feeling out of sorts today, I think it's ok to not be ok. Allow yourself to feel that way, but just try to remind yourself that your loved ones are safe (I hope) and that better days are ahead. 

These lyrics speak to me about the crazy turbulent times we've been dealing with throughout this entire year.

by Josh Groban

Somedays, we forget to look around us
Somedays, we can't see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give
So tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond us
there's so much sorrow
It's way too late to say I'll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It's so long overdue
So for tonight we pray for
what we know can be
And everyday we hope for
what we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Even with our differences
there's a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each other's light
So tonight we pray for,
what we know can be
And on this day we hope for
what we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more
There's so much to be thankful for

Happy Thanksgiving my friends. I have so much to be thankful for. Stay safe and healthy. xxoo

Monday, November 23, 2020

A Squirrel and his Acorn

The squirrel is on his way to hide his acorn:

Running through the leaves he goes:

He stops to take a rest (He's a very busy guy)

It's time to move on:

Nearing his destination:

Finally made it with acorn intact. Success!

I hope your foraging for Thanksgiving items goes as smoothly as this guys!

Stay safe and healthy my friends. xxoo

(Sorry for the rather "corny" content of this post) :-)

Friday, November 20, 2020

Downtown Woodstock VT

A few weeks ago I posted photos that I took at night of the Taftsville Covered Bridge in Woodstock VT. I also did other night photography shots that evening. One of the places we stopped to photograph was downtown Woodstock.

If you've ever been to Woodstock VT, it's probably been during the daylight hours. This downtown area is always bustling with shoppers, tourists, and during pre-covid times, tour buses.....especially during the peak foliage season. It was fun to stop and photograph during the quiet hours of the night. These images were taken around 10:30-11:00 pm. There were not many vehicles that came through at that time of night.

Trail lights of a car driving through town:

Here goes a tractor trailer:

Another truck:

Store Fronts:

It was such a great night of photography. I still have one more blog post to write about that evening which will be posted in the near future. 

Stay safe and healthy my friends xxoo

Friday, November 13, 2020

Thundering Brook Falls in Killington VT

During our stay in Killington this Fall, Mr S and I visited Thundering Brook Falls early one morning.

Along the trail heading to the Falls. You can see the early morning light shining on the distant trees.

We were in a pretty significant drought this Fall and many of the waterfalls were running low, as this one was as well. There was a steady flow here, but I'm sure under other circumstances it would be more impressive.

I'm pretty sure I have the best tripod caddy in the World. Here is Mr S walking the trail back to the car.

Stay safe and healthy my friends. xxoo

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Words For Wednesday 11/11/2020


"In the truest sense, freedom can not be bestowed. It must be achieved."
------Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happy Veterans Day 2020. If you are a Veteran, I thank you for your service from the bottom of my heart.
Stay safe and well my friends. xxoo

Monday, November 9, 2020

Evening photos of Kent Pond and Killington Pond

 Continuing on with more Fall photos taken last month in Vermont, I'd like to share with you a few photos I took at dusk in Killington.

Through the years, I've visited Kent Pond at three different times, but have never gotten any photos that I would consider to be "keepers." Either the light wasn't right, the foliage wasn't right, or the wind was blowing which resulted in choppy water with no reflections of the trees.

October 6, 2020

This particular evening, the wind was still, the colors were beautiful, and the sky had an interesting cloud formation. I was very happy to finally get an image here that I like.

From here, we went just up the road to Killington Pond to photograph the evening light. Again, I have also photographed at Killington Pond on several occasions, but the conditions just weren't right.

4 second exposure:

6 second exposure as the light was quickly fading:

I'm happy with these two photos, but just wish the mountain in the background had more color. There's always next year and I know one of these years I will get it just right. That's part of the thrill and fun of photography for me.

A quick funny story about this evening at Killington Pond. When I arrived a couple was sitting on the bench as I was setting up to shoot. I said hello to them, and noticed the man kept staring at me. Kind of freaky for a minute.....but then the man asked me if my name was Carol.......I said yes, and he introduced himself. He is a photographer who follows me on social media and I also follow him. I have NO idea how he could recognize me wearing a mask, as we have never personally met each other before. It can be such a small world sometimes, and it was nice to meet him in person.

Stay safe and well my friends. xxoo

Friday, November 6, 2020

Taftsville Covered Bridge Woodstock VT

 The Taftsville Covered Bridge is a timber framed covered bridge that spans The Ottauquechee River in the Taftsville village of Woodstock VT. It was built in 1836 and is one of the oldest remaining covered bridges in not only Vermont, but in the nation.

I photographed the bridge one evening in October. I knew that this was one of the few covered bridges that is illuminated within at night, and it was on my bucket list to photograph at night this Fall.

I also stopped to photograph this beautiful bridge on our final day in VT, backlit by the sun, as we were on our way home.

Hope all is well with you during these crazy and unsettling times. Stay safe and healthy my friends. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Words For Wednesday 11/4/2020


"Be soft.
Do not let the world make you hard.
Do not let pain make you hate.
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-------Kurt Vonnegut

Photo taken of Mr. S one morning this Fall in Vermont. I've been saving this quote for today. I knew that this was going to be a difficult time for us here in the USA. I personally need these words today, and if you find yourself needing them too, I hope this matter what side of the aisle you are on.

Stay safe and healthy and worry free my friends. Be loving. Be kind. Be thankful for the beauty that surrounds us and have faith. xxoo

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Boston Public Gardens Snowliage

 I feel like I'm all over the place here on the blog this Fall. I know yesterday I wrote that the next several blog posts would feature pictures from Vermont, but I decided to change it up and post photos I took this past weekend in The Boston Public Gardens the morning after our Fall snowstorm. 

It was a cold morning with the temperatures in the upper 20's, but it was 100 percent sunny skies and virtually no wind....a very comfortable morning to walk through the city.

The walking bridge across the lagoon:

skyline and snowliage reflections:

More skyline reflections:

Many people were out and about on this beautiful morning:

George Washington greets visitors coming in this entrance to the Gardens

The lagoon bridge:

I hope you enjoyed viewing these as much as I enjoyed taking them. I can't say what the next blog post will be about.....Vermont??.....cranberry bogs??......Boston's Beacon Hill???? I have a lot of posting to do as I've made the most out of this Fall season. I'm not particularly looking forward to this Winter and what it may bring with the covid surge so I've been out while I can.

Stay safe and healthy my friends! xxoo

Monday, November 2, 2020

Jenne Farm Reading Vermont

 After the three day trips that I took to NH and VT this Fall, I went back up with my husband for a four night stay in Killington, as my house in Barton was not available at the time.

 Vermont has some strict travel restrictions this year due to covid 19. My husband and I adhered to the travel restrictions....we both got tested for covid 19 before we went. We stayed at a very nice one bedroom condo at the base of Pico Mountain. The owner assured me the place would be sanitized before our arrival, but I still opened every window and sliding door and sprayed the place down with Lysol spray as soon as we arrived. We also Clorox wiped every single surface, light switch, door knob, faucet, tv remote etc etc etc. We ate our meals at the condo except for one morning we went out for breakfast. This was our first time at a restaurant since February. We chose to eat outdoors under the tent, and we were the only ones out there. We felt very safe.

The next several blog posts will contain photos about this foliage trip. Today I will tell you about my trip to Jenne Farm.

It has been noted that Jenne Farm is one of the most photographed farms in the World.....and I believe it! I've been photographing Fall in Vermont for over 20 plus years and have seen literally hundreds of photos of this location taken by other photographers. I actually got the point of being almost sick of seeing the photos and purposely avoided going here myself. Until this year....and I must tell you that the beauty there is undeniable and really deserves to be seen in person. I'm actually glad I finally made it there.

I first learned of this location from a Massachusetts photographer who during the 70's wrote "a little yellow pamphlet book about finding scenic places to photograph in VT" His name is Arnold Kaplan and I was lucky enough to meet him one day a few years ago before he passed away. He was a superstar in my eyes!

Through the years I've seen pictures of photographers standing elbow to elbow with their tripods set up on the hillside overlooking the farm. Today there is a sign posted to "please stay off the grass." I initially didn't see the sign when I arrived but it's there for a very good reason.....this is someone's home and property and it needs to be respected. Even this Fall I've seen photographs posted on social media that photographers have taken down at the pond by the house. This is a total invasion of privacy so I urge you to please respect the property and the owner's privacy if you go here to photograph. 

As stated, I'm happy to have finally seen this beautiful location. More photos from day one of our trip will be coming soon.

Stay safe and healthy xxoo