Driving along Etna Center Road with my son, I spot something new and great. My son says “Dad, don’t go off the road!”. I’m not I assure him, besides I don’t have my camera with me.
Don’t you love when something can still surprise you driving along an old familiar route? There is an old farm in the town of Etna, basically a section of Hanover, New Hampshire which Dartmouth College resides, that have been a favorite subject of mine over the years. I’ve photographed their chickens…
…their old chicken coop…
…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…
…and their cows…
But now after seven years of driving by this farm, there is something new to photograph – a cute old vintage red Dodge farm pickup truck parked in the pasture. I’m guessing it is a decorative piece as it seems stuck in a field of deep snow. Perhaps its a wind break for the cows. Maybe its working but is planned for use in the summer. Whatever the case I’ll photograph is long as it stays in such a great spot.
Ok, maybe you’ve seen it this way but do most people actually see a town the way a photographer does?
Across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire and Dartmouth College is the small town of Norwich, Vermont which is one of the toniest, highest income towns in all of Vermont.
It boasts a pretty village with town green, meeting hall, elementary school k-6 (and then the kids go over to Hanover for 7-12), the Norwich Inn, the restaurant Carpenter and Main, a few business offices, a few churches, historic homes and the famous Dan and Whit’s country store with two gas pumps. If Dan and Whit’s don’t have it, you don’t need it.
This graffiti found along the Amtrak train tracks that follow the Connecticut River and pass by Norwich, Vermont and the Montshire Science Museum seems totally out of place with the whole classic New England village vibe of this Upper Valley town but there it was, a surprise splash of urban street art quietly hidden among the old charm. Indeed Norwich offers a lot within a short walking distance.
A couple of traditional New England Adirondack chairs on the banks on the Connectictut River in Norwich Vermont during peak fall foliage season. Fine art photography by Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
The Adirondack chair (also called a Muskoka chair in Canada) is a simple chair made of wood or man made materials, generally used outdoors. Originally made with 11 flat wooden boards, it features a straight back and seat and wide armrests. The advent of various man made materials have allowed for this style of chair to be made from polymers and other hard impact plastics.
Norwich is a town in Windsor County, Vermont, in the United States. The population was 3,414 at the 2010 census. Home to some of the state of Vermont‘s wealthiest residents, the municipality is a commuter town for nearby Hanover, New Hampshire across the Connecticut River.
Louisburg Square is a private square located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. It was named for the 1745 Battle of Louisbourg, in which Massachusetts militiamen led by William Pepperrell, who was made the first American baronet for his role, sacked the French Fortress of Louisbourg.
On the following Monday I received an email notification that the print had shipped, all 11 pound of it, with tracking numbers. It is scheduled to arrive on Thursday via UPS.
Take a Seat is a fine art photograph of a white wooden chair with two hearts sitting in the middle of nowhere overlooking an amazing vast valley in Iceland.
On Friday, one week from placing the order, my neighbor called to say he had a package from UPS that was mine. Turned out it was my print!
The canvas print was carefully packaged in a cardboard box with an inner cardboard protective layer and wrapped in plastic. It took a little while to get the print out of the protective wrappings but was soon hung over my fireplace.
Video highlighting scenes of Iceland. Fine art photographs for sale from the portfolio of fine art photographer Edawrd M. Fielding featuring waterfalls, landscapes, mountain scenery as well as details of Iceland including historic farms, Icelandic horses, crashed plane, volcanic black beaches and more. https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/iceland
Jenne Farm in Reading, Vermont (The address of the Jenne Farm is 1264 Jenne Road.) is suppose to be the most photographed farm in Vermont and perhaps the world.
It even showed up in Forest Gump in a scene where Forest is running across America (and back again) and it has been used in Budweiser commercials and other movies.
I’ve seen a lot of photographs of photographers lined up, tripod leg to tripod leg, in the early morning or like in this photo, in the middle of winter. I’ve visited the farm many times (and tossed a donation in the donation box) but have never run into another photographer there. Perhaps I don’t get up early enough or these are photo clubs or some kind of photo tour.
….in the world of landscape photography, Jenne Farm becomes a sunrise mecca each autumn, a scene that so screams “quintessential New England fall” — rolling hills, weathered red barns, and an 18th-century farmhouse, all flanked by autumn leaves — that it has become, it is said, the most photographed farm in the country, perhaps the world.
“On busy days, there can easily be a hundred people up on that hill photographing everything we do, and sometimes people get confused and think it’s a park instead of a working farm and private residence. They’re always asking for the public restroom, when can they take a tour of the house, and the location of the restaurant.”
In the world of amateur photography, an iconic spot like Jenne Farm becomes “must have” shot on photographer’s bucket list. Once you’ve seen a photograph of the farm, you start seeing every where. On calendars, on post cards, on book covers etc.
Amateur photographers who “collect” these iconic spots become like a bird enthusiast tracks their life list and travel the world to check off more birds than that guy in the bird club.
Antelope Valley – check.
Grand Canyon – check
Bass Harbor Lighthouse – check
Nubble Light – Cape Neddick Lighthouse – check
Old Faithful – check
Eiffel Tower – check
The only problem is not seeing the forest for the trees or being so focused on these icons perhaps they miss other interesting places and scene that are right around them in their neck of the woods. Also standing in a line with a dozen other photographers all getting the same exact shot doesn’t lead to much individual expression or personal style your work.
The goal with any iconic spot should be to bring a unique take on the location. Difficult to do of course with a spot that has been shot to death.
My photography passion compels me to explore the world and seek out interesting places and subjects to photograph. When my wife attended a conference at the Stowe Mountain Resort, I jump at the chance to explore the area.
One of the treasures I found was this historic old covered bridge that served the railroad. The unique roof opening allowed smoke and steam to exit at the top. It’s not the only covered railroad bridge I’ve found this year.
On the Sugar River Recreation trail going from Newport to New Hampshire on the top of an old railroad grade, there is another fine example of an old wooden railroad covered bridge.
The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is a covered bridge in Wolcott, Vermont.
Built in 1908, it originally carried the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad over the Lamoille River.
Now closed, it was the last covered bridge in Vermont to carry railroad traffic, and is a rare surviving example in the state of a double Town lattice truss. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974
The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge consisted originally of a
single^ span supported by two flanking timber lattice
trusses. the timber deck structure was removed and replaced
with a steel jdeck truss structure independent
of the wood superstructure. The southerly span is supported by
two plate girders and the northerly span by four steel I-beams.
The yellow pine trusses, each of which has an extra set of
diagonal lattice members for additional strength, now support
only the superstructure of the bridge. Lateral iron rods
connect the top chords of the trusses through the apexes formed
by the upper lateral braces. Ship f s knees provide reinforcement
between the principal top beams and vertical posts near each
corner of the bridge.
The superstructure of the Fisher Bridge is 103.5 feet long overall.
The twio steel spans are 42 and 51 feet long, respectively
north and s”outh. The superstructure is_20.5 feet wide, and has
an interior opening of 15 feet for the track.
The entire bridge rests on a^utments_built of stone blocks
mortared together and capped with concrete, the lower half of
the north abutment has been faced with concrete. The steel
spans rest on a central pier built of timber pilings sheathed
with dimension stock. Concrete back-walls retain the track bed
at each end of the bridge.
On the exterior, the heavy planks pegged and bolted together
diagonally to form the trusses (and side walls) of the bridge
are sjieathed with unpainted matched spruce boards hung vertically.
Similar siding protects the ends of the trusses immediately
inside the portals. The siding flares outward toward the
bottom of the bridge to cover the bottom chords. The siding
stops short of the eaves to leave strip openings along the tops
of the walls.
The gable ends are sheathed with unpainted matched clapboards
hung horizontally, the portal openings have diagonal? upper
corners to match the interior struts. The siding flares diagonally
outward beyond the line of the side walls to meet the
A shallow-pitch gable roof covers the bridge. A .wood monitor
with louvered sides, which served as a smoke ventilator, extends
nearly the full length of the ridge. The roof and monitor are
covered with asphalt roofing paper.