Thursday, December 20, 2007

View from Boyd Hill Road

On the Horizon

Plowed and Sanded

High Road

All of these photos were taken from Boyd Hill Road in Wilmington.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Fiery Car Crash

No serious injuries were reported in this fiery car crash in Wilmington Wednesday morning. The accident occurred at the corner of Route 9 and Hall Road. It appeared that that the operator was turning onto Hall Road from Route 9, struck the guard rail, flipped over the guard rail, and into the snow bank. The occupants of the vehicle were already out when these photos were taken.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


For any snow/ski fans out there who have been disappointed over the last few seasons, this is your year. It has done nothing but snow here for the last month. If you like snow, now's the time to be here.

View from the bridge, downtown Wilmington

Crafts Inn

The snow piled on grave markers at Restland Cemetery

Selective color

State snow plow on Route 9

View of downtown

Parmelee & Howe building

Cleaning the sidewalks

Frosted Jeep

Looking west along Route 9 from the junction with Route 100; White House of Wilmington in the background

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A golden age

I noticed these decorative corner pieces in an unlikely place late this fall.
These winged lions are guarding the four corners of Harriman Station. Despite the power generating station's out-of-the-way location in a remote corner of Whitingham only accessible from Readsboro, when Harriman was built it was the pinnacle of power generating technology, and the gem of the Deerfield and Connecticut River Valley power facilities.
This level of architectural detail isn't only an indication of the station's importance, it's also an example of a late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century movement toward more architecturally significant public and industrial buildings. Many industrial buildings of the period are characterized by neoclassical elements like large rows of tall windows, each separated from the others by a pillar, creating the image of columns, as well as details such as these lions.
Harriman Station was built in the early 1920s, during the era's peak, and not long before its demise during the Great Depression.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Self Serving and Vain

Yes, this is a completely self-serving and vain post. But a few people have asked where the latest set of wheels came from, so here's the story.

1951 Willys M38

I recently brought this back from my father's house in Maine. My father has always had a fascination with Jeeps, and apparently it's a hereditary condition. He drove this until about 1987. Since then it has been garaged - not running, but in fantastic shape.
After 20 years, it's running again, and waiting for warmer weather to get out and "stretch its legs" once again. (Thanks to John Greene and the rest of the great mechanics at Greene's Servicenter.)

It's in original, unrestored and unmodified condition - still has the 24-volt military electrical system, blackout lights, and a maximum road speed of 60 mph!


Friday, December 7, 2007


This was taken at the scene of last Monday evening's fire at Seasons Condominiums - during the middle of a Nor'easter. The red lighting isn't coming from the fire (which was contained in a single unit) but from the emergency lights of the dozens of fire engines.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Yeah, it's here. If you like this kind if thing, it's time to head to Vemont and enjoy it.
Monday and Tuesday we had a Nor'easter that brought about eight inches of new snow.


For those who haven't seen them yet, this is one of Mount Snow's new fan guns, the way snow is made when Mother Nature isn't so cooperative.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Detroit Airport, 2006

These photos were taken in Detroit Metro Airport, May 2006. The first two are of a spectacular fountain on the concourse of the McNamara terminal, IIRC. The plane parked directly in front of the fountain was a real bonus.
The second group of photos is of a light and music art installation in the McNamara Terminal Tunnel. Incredible. It was like being on the set of a 1970s sci-fi flick.



Monday, October 29, 2007

Out and about

Sunset over Haystack
Thursday evening I set out to take some photos of October's full harvest moon, which usually rises larger than at most other times of the year. As the harvest moon rises early in the evening, it looks larger than usual because it is magnified by the atmosphere.
Oddly enough, though, the moon rose in fog and clouds - big, but not clear enough for photographs. On the other side of the valley, however, there was this nice post-sunset view. Interestingly, not all of the color was visible to the naked eye. The camera was able to make better light adjustment than the human eye, and captured more color, both in the sky and in the cloud. I think it looks like there might be a volcano just over the horizon.

Route 7 Gorilla

I snapped the next two photos on a trip to Burlington via Route 7. The gorilla is located at a used car lot north of Rutland. A beautiful example of roadside marketing kitsch.

On fire

The foliage along Route 7 was phenomenal last week.

Other side of the fence

By request: more cows.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Around Town: Random images

These are photographs I've taken around Wilmington, Dover, and Marlboro over the last couple of weeks. This first one was taken just today:

Red Dodge, Whites Road.

Reflecting Pond, Higley Hill

Stone Wall by Ben Bowen, Lower Dover Road

View from above, White's Road

Tiny waterfall, Hunter Brook Road

A closer look

Headed south, Wilmington

Friday, October 12, 2007

Rainy foliage season

This year's foliage season has been a little off kilter - an early cool spell gave way to a very warm fall, and it seemed to keep the trees green longer than usual. By Columbus day weekend, the colors were just beginning to turn. Now, it has rained for the past week - during peak foliage.
Sometimes rain during foliage season is a disaster - hard rain will knock the leaves right off the tree. Depending on when it rains, it seems to destroy the color, turning all the leaves brown.
So we were lucky that this week's rain fell light and misty. I love rainy, misty days - and that kind of weather is quickly becoming one of my favorite times to take pictures.

It's probably boring to keep taking photos of the same place, the Wheeler Farm here in Wilmington, but I pass by it several times a day - and when you see the picture, or the right combination of colors, or the right light, it's hard not to stop and capture it.

This was shot right across the street from the Deerfield Valley News. I wanted to fill the frame with color.