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.