If you are in the need of a fence, why not use local materials? And if you live in Hawaii those local materials might just be discarded surfboards. Surfboards have a life span and eventually end up in the landfills of Hawaii, but certain imaginative individuals have pressed new life out of these old surfboards by using them as a bright and colorful fence.
Here in New Hampshire we recently experienced two blizzards within days with a bit more snow in the forecast. We had more snow this week then we’ve had in two years! So I’m feeling a bit of pressure to get out and photograph it.
The tricking part is finding the time between A. Being ordered by the Governor to stay off the roads unless its an emergency B. Shoveling out the driveway and C. Simply timing the weather.
Yesterday was 18 hours of snowfall, yesterday clouding and digging out but today was a great sunny winter day with temps in the mid-twenties which is down right balmy if you are well dressed. I decide to take a trip to a small covered bridge in Andover, NH called the Cilleyville Bridge. It always has a big American flag hanging on it so I knew that would look great against the snow. Here is what it looks like in the summer months:
According to the local historians, the structure was built by a local carpenter by the name of Print Atwood. He was assisted by Al Emerson and Charles Wilson. Local folklore suggests that during construction, Emerson and Wilson became upset and cut some of the timbers short, causing the bridge to tilt. On the other hand, engineers might suggest that the tilt is caused by the very nature of the Town lattice truss design.
The bridge was the last covered, and probably the shortest built in Andover. It was bypassed in 1959 and restricted to foot traffic. Located in the Cilleyville section of Andover, it was originally known as Bog Bridge. A Cilleyville Bridge was nearby, spanning the Blackwater river.
After it was torn down in 1908, the original Bog Bridge became known as the Cilleyville Bridge. The roof was reshingled in 1962 at a cost of $600. On March 9, 1982 the roof caved in from excessive snow load. The town repaired it in July 1982 for $3,400. The bridge was the model for the Shattuck murals of typical New Hampshire scenes which were once located in the State House in Concord. The Cilleyville Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It was a great day out. The sun warmed up the roads and melted the snow and ice so the drive over the foothills of the White Mountains on 4A was pleasant and I stopped along the way to photograph around the Shaker Village in Enfield.
The only problem I ran into was that the snow was so high it kept getting into my 10-year-old Sorrel tall winter boots. I had to reach into my boots and pull out handfuls of snow from time to time which soaked my jeans. But at least it pushed me over the edge as far as buying a new pair of boots which I’ve been putting off. The heels on my old boots were basically gone and there were slashes in the sides. What I liked about the Sorrels was they were easy to slip in and out of and I could use them with snow shoes. What I didn’t like was the laces which never stayed tied and eventually I just removed.
I ordered a new pair of these boots from Kamik which are similar but don’t have any annoying laces. Kamik is a Canadian brand and if its anything the Canadian’s know about, its cold and snow. My son has had a pair of these for a few years and likes them.
There are a few things to know about Iceland. One is its damn cold — of course. But the other is that they have an abundance of geothermal heated and glacier melt clean water.
This has created a society that loves to swim and bathe as a social activity. Pools and hot springs dot the island in every town.
For the weary traveler these public pools and hot springs provide a welcomed relaxing spot for tired hiking legs and for those camping around the island, they provide a great spot to get cleaned up in the showers.
For a few bucks you can take advantage of the showers, the pool and in some cases a water slide or two.
But be prepared for a cleaning regiment that might not be the norm back home. The shower areas are typically separated by sex but open with everyone naked and washing up. No time for modesty although Icelanders are known to hold a conversation or two in the showers. A handy sign reminds visitors to be sure to clean those areas prone to dirt.
I remember getting a bit creeped out by that naked guy who would hang out in the Bar Harbor YMCA, shaving at the sink, towel free and buck naked. That’s a bit much but in Iceland its expected that everyone have a thorough washing before entering the pool and its just a societal norm. So just go with the flow, get in the swim and wash up those toes, pits, crotch and head. Just remember to put your bathing suit on afterwards because suits are required out in the public area.
The most famous pool is “The Blue Lagoon” which is a short 50 minute bus ride from from the capital city of Reykjavík or roughly a 21-minute drive from the airport. Even if you only have a few hours in Reykjavik, you can make a visit.
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The spa is located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland.
The Blue Lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant and is renewed every two days.
One important note about the Blue Lagoon. Its popular, so they have a timed ticketing system. Don’t wait until the last minute to get a ticket. Call a few days in advance to make sure you can get in.
What swims in the ocean, is poisonous when fresh, provokes a gag reflex to novice eaters, smells like cleaning products, is dried for four months and served on the end of the toothpick?
“the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing” – Chef Anthony Bourdain
Why its the Icelandic delicacy Hákarl of course! Fermented and dried Greenland shark that inedible and actually poisonous when fresh due to a high concentration of urea and trimethylamine oxide.
The traditional method is by gutting and beheading a Greenland or sleeper shark and placing it in a shallow hole dug in gravelly sand, with the now cleaned cavity resting on a small mound of sand. The shark is then covered with sand and gravel, and stones are placed on top of the sand in order to press the shark. In this way the fluids are pressed out of the body.
After six to 12 weeks of fermenting and curing, the shark is then cut into strips and hung to dry for several months to dry. During this time a brown crust develops, which is removed prior to cutting the shark into small chunks.
First-timers are advised to pinch their nose while taking the first bite, as the smell is much stronger than the taste. It is often eaten with a shot of local liquor called brennivín which is a form of akvavit.
Kæstur hákarl is readily available in Icelandic stores and is eaten year-round, grab some when you visit Iceland if you are feeling as brave as a Viking!
A short movie with scenes from my travels around the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
New Hampshire and Vermont’s Upper Valley is surrounded by the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire and consists of many small, wonderful towns and cities. Home to DHMC and Dartmouth College, the ninth oldest college in the country and proudly serving the Ivy League community, Hanover New Hampshire offers the hustle and bustle of an upscale-casual city with a small town feel.
The region along the Connecticut river upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.
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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. — Edward M. Fielding
Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.
My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.
Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.
In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.
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We’re planning for a summer trip to the land of Fire and Ice. Also the land of trolls, volcanoes, glaciers, best hot dogs in the world and fermented shark’s head.
What we know
Flights to Iceland are very inexpensive. Many people take advantage of the no up charge, up to seven day, stop over on the way to Europe via Icelandic Air.
Food is very expensive just like Alaska or Hawaii or other remote areas. Eating out is pricey so plan to make your own meals to save some dough.
Its cold! Pack warmly as Iceland is cold, windy and rainy most of the time.
The majority of Iceland is not populated. Mostly the coastline is habitable. You won’t have any trouble finding some peace and quiet.
Renting a camper van is a great way to see Iceland – this is what we will be doing.
Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city. Lots of the natural wonders of Iceland can be seen within an 1 hour and a half drive or bus from the capital including the famous Blue Lagoon natural hot spring.
The Blue Lagoon requires reservations and tickets.
The country is 95% native Icelanders and they speak Icelandic but most people also speak English at least in the more touristy areas.
The Ring Road or RT1 circumnavigates the entire island, its paved all the way but you will come across one way bridges.
Tips from a friend who often goes camper vanning in Iceland:
You won’t get lost on the ring road.
Do your research beforehand so you have names and locations of campsites along the way. Many people speak English but not all.
Larger towns have grocery stores where you can pick up what you’ll need to cook at the campsite, otherwise, you go to the individual bakery and fruit market for your supplies. If you have dry snacks you like and want to bring, pack those. But pay attention to the weight of your bag.
We each had a large roller duffel and we packed sleeping bags as well.
When we rented our camper, we also rented the linen package that came with towels, blankets and pillows. Do that! Bring a few extra small (dark – just in case you want to use them to cover windows) towels in case your towels don’t dry.
Everything is expensive. Plan on it and forget about it.
We used credit cards everywhere though have CC cards with a chip and set up a pin because some places have that double security requirement.
The campsites we stayed at had hot showers and toilets. One had laundry but everything takes a long time to dry so I wouldn’t count on it. If you choose to do laundry at some point, find a laundromat in a larger town and use the hours to plan on bouncing around or doing something touristy. We didn’t do any laundry while camping.
Pack for all sorts of weather. The highest temps will be low 60s probably. Nights can get down to the low 40s.
Weather – You could have sun or rain or sleet or snow.
It’s wet – I had two pairs of sneakers in case one got wet and flip flops for showers and a nicer pair of flats to go out.
Gear – I basically packed all my athletic wear. Capris, leggings, skorts, tank tops, long sleeve wicking tops and heavier tops to layer. All manner of socks. Hats and mittens and four different weight jackets. The only thing I didn’t wear was the true fall weight jacket but we had spectacular weather and had it been any different I might have pulled that one out of the bag.
Bring bathing suits. There is a pool in every town, you can shower there and there are often hot springs.
Public pools have strict personal hygiene rules. Put away worries about dignity. Rules of hygiene are taken very seriously with regard to the pools and all visitors are required to shower thoroughly without a swimsuit before entering the water.
Liquor – When you land in Reykjavik, there is a duty free shop at the baggage claim. Buy some stuff there (aka liquor). Hard liquor is not sold outside of bars. There are a lot of weird alcohol laws – https://wowair.us/magazine/alcohol-in-iceland/ Basically if you are a heavy drinker, Iceland is probably not the place for you.
Welcome to the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont!
Welcome the Upper Valley region of the Connecticut River!We were in my seventh year living on Mount Desert Island in Maine (home of Acadia National Park) when my wife hinted at an opportunity to move to the Hanover, NH for a job. My first thoughts were “where the heck is that?” and it better be beautiful to get us to move from MDI.
We had been all over New Hampshire but had never been to the Upper Valley region before. But soon we discovered that this region, anchored by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, as well has employers such as Hyper-therm and other high tech companies offered an exciting year round quality of life. For all the beauty of MDI in the summer months, it basically shuts down in the long cold winters while the Upper Valley region is bursting with winter activities include nordic skiing and alpine skiing at the areas many ski spots including the Dartmouth Skiway just outside Hanover, Killington, Sunapee and Whaleback. With dozens of other ski resorts within a one hour radius.
Plus the area is only an hour and a half to Burlington, VT, an hour to Concord and two hours to Boston, and a hour and half to the coast – so day trips are available in all directions.
Hanover High School is ranked as one of the top high schools in the country and neighboring Lebanon, NH as well as Hanover show up on magazines lists as the one of the best small town in America.
Hiking trails abound in the area with the Appalachian Trail running right through the heart of Hanover. All summer you can spot trail worn through hikers wandering into town, picking up supplies at the post office and looking for the free shower area the town provides.
Arts and culture abound in the area with local theaters in the surrounding towns including Broadway shows, visiting performers, dance, opera, local theater performances and even High School and college productions. The Lebanon Opera House, Hood Center for the Arts at Dartmouth and the Northern Stage in White River Junction are some of the top venues but there are smaller stages too including the Shaker Bridge Theater or even happy hour singer songwriters at the Skinny Pancake.
Visual arts are celebrated at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, the League of New Hampshire Craftsman in Hanover, the Hood Museum in Hanover as well as movie theaters at Dartmouth and the Nugget in Hanover plus a small multiplex theater over in West Lebanon. Just over the bridge from Hanover is the Montshire Science Museum for kids of all ages to explore the wonders of the world.
Upper Valley – The region along the Connecticut River upstream and downstream from Lebanon, New Hampshire and White River Junction, Vermont, is known locally as the “Upper Valley”. The exact definition of the region varies, but it generally is considered to extend south to Windsor, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire, and north to Bradford, Vermont, and Piermont, New Hampshire.
Sports are big the area especially outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing, skiing as well as organized sports such as hockey, football, baseball and basketball.
Events such as these keep the area hopping all year round:
Winter Carnival at Dartmouth
Glory Days in White River Junction
Oktoberfest at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor
The Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Cornish Fair
A Photographer’s Paradise
The beautiful mountains, fall foliage, beautiful winter snow, covered bridges, rural scenery, waterfalls, traditional New England homes and annual festivals all provide a paradise for photographers.
The fall foliage attracts visitors from around the world by the bus load and the multitude of covered bridges in the area, plus the two National Part sites – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire and the Marsh – Billings – Rockerfeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont are magnets for photography. But so are the more “unofficial” spots such as Jeanie Farm and Cloudland Farm photographed by hundreds and seen in magazines, advertisements and movies such as Forest Gump.
I’m going to call it. The Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont is past peak. Sure there still is a lot of color around but there are also a lot of stick trees and with the wintry weather mix due, snow flurries, rain, overcast skies and down right gray skies, you better head south if you want to see some great foliage.
The Fall Gallery in my overall portfolio of photography and artwork for sale as prints, framed art canvas prints, metal prints as well as products, has about 70 of my favorite images from trips around the New England area in the autumn foliage season. You’ll find barns, covered bridges, trees, landscapes, farms, classic cars and more.
What is the Autumn Foliage Season?
Autumn leaf color is a phenomenon that affects the normally green leaves of many deciduous trees and shrubs by which they take on, during a few weeks in the autumn season, various shades of red, yellow, purple, black, orange, pink, magenta, blue and brown. The phenomenon is commonly called autumn colours or autumn foliage in British English and fall colors, fall foliage, or simply foliage in American English.
In some areas of Canada and the United States, “leaf peeping” tourism is a major contribution to economic activity. This tourist activity occurs between the beginning of color changes and the onset of leaf fall, usually around September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere.
What is leaf peeping?
Leaf peeping is an informal term in the United States for the activity in which people travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors in autumn, particularly in New England. The origin of the term “leaf peeping” is not well known. A similar custom in Japan is called momijigari.
Heading back to the Upper Valley in New Hampshire (rivers, lakes, trees, mountains, cows, light traffic) on the Dartmouth Coach from the Grand Central area to home in five hours or so via a well appointed bus with movies, snacks, bathroom and Wifi. About the Dartmouth Coach – great service on an upscale bus with comfy seats and lots of amenities but do they have to show the same movies both ways?
Hampton Inn Times Square
Great location – close to Hell’s Kitchen for great dining, not far from Highline.
Nice enough room, a bit on the small size but its NYC
Free breakfast but not enough space in the breakfast area at peak times.
Slow elevators. I ended up walking down 27 flights after waiting 15 minutes for an elevator.
We packed in a lot during our trip and walked a zillion miles.
Saw Wicked on Broadway at the Gershwin Theater. Excellent show.
Had great Asisan food at Obao in Hell’s Kitchen. Reasonably priced and they had a bonus happy hour going on when we went before the show.
Trip to the MET Breurer to see the Paul Klee and Diane Arbus shows. Excellent. Had some Italian food for lunch and then on to the main MET. Everything is farther than it looks on the map.
Took the subway to Brooklyn to visit the Pratt Institute campus. It was raining but the campus is a beautiful sculpture garden and was a treat to see. Went to the nearby Blick store and got a bagel and a smear of cream cheese.
Took the subway back to the Brooklyn Bridge – bought some umbrellas and walked up to the bridge. Excellent although freezing.
Walked to the 911 Memorial which was a bit irritating with people smiling and taking selfies. WTF?
Walked through SOHO, stopped in to see some Art Wolfe and other photographers stuff at a gallery, continued through Greenwich Villiage and Chelsea to see the Parsons New School area.
Checked out the Chelsea Market, had a beer and some snacks, did a bit of shopping and then went on the Highline.
Highline was awesome. So nice to walk without having to stop at every light.
Walked around the waterfront area and then had a great sandwich at City Sandwich.
Did I mention we did a lot of walking? Last morning, a bit more walking around the Times Square, Hell’s Kitchen and Highline area. Lunch at Pershing Square Cafe and an ice cream in Grand Central before getting back on the bus. Lots of stuff packed in a few days. Probably got a few decent photos too.
I live in Hanover, New Hampshire but we’re only short drive from the Vermont boarder. We’re so close to Vermont that kids from Norwich, Vermont attend our middle school and high school. I probably spend as much time in Vermont as I do in New Hampshire, crossing over the Connecticut River on the various bridges – covered and otherwise that traverse the river back and forth between the two states. Of course it should noted the all of the bridges are owned by New Hampshire as the NH state line extends to the opposite side of the Connecticut River. This includes the longest covered bridge in the country – the Windsor-Cornish covered bridge.
Both states share a lot of things in common that make for great photo opportunities including:
New Hampshire tends to have a lot more trees. Deer hunter friends of mine give Vermont a better rating because the state has more open areas for deer to flourish but both states have a healthy wildlife population of large mammals such as black bears, moose, deer as well as birds such as the ducks, turkeys, loons, eagles, hawks, owls, geese and song birds.
Both have mountains. New Hampshire has the more dramatic White Mountains range with Mount Washington being the highest peak in the Northeast while Vermont has the Green Mountain range with Mt. Mansfield in Stowe being the highest peak.
Only New Hampshire has a sea coast. Its tiny but its there and it manages to include the rather photogenic and historic city of Portsmouth. Vermont doesn’t have the ocean but it has the impressively large Lake Champlain and the Burlington waterfront. Then again New Hampshire has the lakes region with the very large Lake Winnipesaukee as a centerpiece.
I have to give Vermont the edge on having more scenic farm land. New Hampshire tends to be more forested and hillier. The farmland south of Burlington is flatter and easier to find compositions although if you look around enough there is plenty of great old red barns, cows, farm houses and old farm junk to photograph in both states.
As far as attractions go, New Hampshire has the edge on amusements. Vermont’s attractions tend towards shopping and food. Vermont has the Yankee Candle Company, Basketville, The Vermont Country Store, The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Ben and Jerry’s, The Cider Mill as well as many beer breweries such as Harpoon in Windsor and a handful up in the Burlington Area like Magic Hat and Switchback. Meanwhile New Hampshire has Storyland, the Cog Railroad, Conway Scenic Railroad, Clark’s Trading Post and Canobie Lake Amusement Park.
As far as National Parks – Vermont has the Marsh – Billings – Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT with hiking, an historic mansion tour and a working farm to explore. New Hampshire has the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH which is also in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Since both states are relatively small, you can travel around both in a small vacation schedule. Each has a life times worth of places to explore, hike, ski, boat, hunt and photograph but you can also pick out some highlights in each state to visit and savor.