It's been down pouring for the last three days here in New England but I'm looking ahead to one of my favorite local events, the Quechee Hot Air Balloon and Craft Festival held each year in nearby Quechee Vermont near Woodstock at the end of June.(Please weather gods...be nice to us again this year!)Festival goers are allowed to mingle on the field with the balloonists and there are tons of photographers running around angling for shots of these huge colorful, beautiful balloons.There is... continue reading
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Everything tastes better with REAL maple syrup.Not that fake artificial corn syrup crud!We pour it on ice cream, make maple syrup cocktails and use it in cooking. Living on the border of Vermont, we take pride in real honest to goodness maple syrup.Next month will be the start of the syruping season when local producers tap the sugar maple trees, start collecting sap and boiling it down into sugary liquid gold.Did you know it takes 25-75 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of maple... continue reading
Now this one I came by completely by accident and then later I found out I wasn't the only one to see the photographic possibilities of this beautiful landscape known as Sleepy Hollow Farm.Driving around the Woodstock Vermont area last summer, stopping to take a picture of this stunning flag draped cow barn:I noticed the road called "Cloudland Road". Who could pass up the promise of such a road?I remember living on Mount Desert Island and how my fellow islander Martha Stewart called... continue reading
When last wrote about my trip to the famous Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont, I was there to capture a bit of the Autumn leaves and fine fall foliage among a backdrop of rolling hills and pastures accented with bright red painted farm buildings.Jenne Farm is indeed a iconic, scenic location complete with donation box which highlights its popularity among photographers seeking to capture a classic image of rural landscape.As may know from my previous post about the farm and surround area, I... continue reading
Quick! Think about Vermont!Do you have an image in your mind?Is it of rolling hills and a red barn?Chances are the image in your mind is of the Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont.The Jenne Farm is considered one of the most photographed spots in all of Vermont and perhaps the most photographed farm in the world.Think of it as a rural "Kodak Picture Spot" except without the Kodak-sponsored sign.Instead the Jenne Farm has a home made donation box.It is said that at dawn during... continue reading
One of my tricks for finding new places to photograph is to make a turn on some road I've never been on before and then rely on my GPS to bring me back home.Warning! If you try this in Vermont or any other rural area make sure you have plenty food, water, a spare tire, a cell phone and cash.In Vermont I've found that the GPS will direct you on to roads that any normal person would consider someone's driveway or an abandoned logging road, or perhaps even a hiking trail!This... continue reading
One of my first accepted photos on Dreamstime was from the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival.It showed one of the hot air balloons floating over the Quechee Covered Bridge.Just recently I uploaded a picture of the same bridge destroyed by the power of water from tropical storm Irene.The road leading to the bridge on both sides is washed away.To think on Monday NBC actually had a panel discussing whether or not the storm was "over hyped" because some New York City dwellers were inconvenienced.... continue reading
Here are a few thoughts I have on photographing disaster areas, as I did recently in Vermont photographing the aftermath of tropical storm Irene.1. Be mindful of the people who were affected by the storm. I witnessed a lot of people working hard to clean out their basements, remove inches of silt from their driveways and roads and simply dealing with the lack of electricity and thoughts of lost business with leaf peeping and skiing season right around the corner. Don't act like a rude tourist,... continue reading
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