Remote Cabin in the Woods Quechee Vermont

Remote cabin in the woods

Vermont Fine Art Photography – Remote cabin in the woods, new fine art photography of Quechee and Woodstock Vermont region by Edward M. Fielding – prints available at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/red-cabin-in-the-woods-winter-in-vermont-edward-fielding.html

Fine art prints are available as framed and matted, museum quality artwork, prints rolled in a tube for custom framing locally, canvas prints, metal, wood or acrylic prints as well as products such as tote bags and fleece blankets.

Edward M. Fielding is an award winning fine art photographer based in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. From his studio on Anderson Pond in Grantham, New Hampshire, Fielding produces fine art photograph and landscapes of Vermont, New Hampshire and beyond. See the entire portfolio of over 5,000 photographs and artwork at: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com

The “Upper Valley” along the Vermont/New Hampshire border is a collection of little-known small towns featuring the New England we all look for. You’ll find beauty, nature, soft adventure, art–and even what Forbes magazine called “the best gelato in America.”

An illustrated map of the “Upper Valley. Credit: Nate Padavick
An illustrated map of the “Upper Valley. Credit: Nate Padavick

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Lone White Pine on a Frozen Pond in New Hampshire

Lone Pine Tree Anderson Pond Eastman New Hampshire Framed Print by Edward Fielding

The winter landscape is perfect for finding minimalist subjects such as the small lone pine tree on a frozen lake in Grantham, New Hampshire.  Black and white imagery also works well as the stark overcast skies become white as well as the ground covered in snow.

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pine is any conifer in the genus Pinus, /ˈpns/,[1] of the family Pinaceae. Pinus is the sole genus in the subfamily Pinoideae.  Pine trees are one of the most varied and widely spread genus of native tree species in North America.  From the cold mountains of Alaska to Nova Scotia in the east, from high wind-swept Rocky Mountain cliffs to the fertile Appalachian forests, on seaside borders, swamps, dry foothills, lowlands and everywhere in between, pine trees can be found.

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Adapted to so many environments, pine trees are hardy survivors in their native habitat.  The pine trees of North America were used by Native Americans for treatments of respiratory ailments, in canoe building and even as food.  Today native pines are one of the most valuable commercial timber sources and continue to be used for construction, furniture, pulpwood, land management and more.

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There really aren’t a lot of colors around in the winter landscape anyway except for the muted shades of green in the pine trees or the occasional shock of red from a classic old vintage farm tractor or red classic New England barn.

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Seasons: Winter In New England

Classic New England Winter

“If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.” – Mark Twain

Winter in New England is a challenge.  It’s not the cold so much as one can put on more layers of polar fleece or flannel or move up a weight of long johns, unless it gets in the negatives and then you have to worry about things like pipes freezing.  It’s more about the uncertainty.

Uncertainty of what the next day will bring is the stressful part if you have a doctor’s appointment or something.  Other than that, winter in New England can be beautiful.

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Although as a photographer, you have to take advantage of the conditions when they present themselves and often trivial things like scrapping ice off the windshield, snowblowing the driveway and shoveling the walk come first before being able to go out and photograph.  And if you are looking for some sunshine to brighten up your landscapes, that might be a bit of a rare occurrence.

My advice is to pick some targeted areas during the rest of the year, and then head out to those spots when the weather is agreeable.

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Seems like over the past 15 years or so climate change has been wreaking the traditional New England winter.  Fall seems extended.  While we lived in Maine the local ice fishing derby keep having to be pushed off by a month due to lack of ice and here in New Hampshire my son’s high school cross country ski team often had to practice on the astro turf of the football field due to lack of snow.

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Right now in late January we are experiencing another mid winter melting period of rain and above freezing temperatures which is killing the fun of winter as the snow is melting on the cross country ski trails.

As the earth’s climate warm one of the causality is a good old fashioned New England winter with snow on the ground all winter.  Instead we are getting these wetter, warmer winters with freezing rain and late heavy large snow dumps along the coast line in late winter.

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Recently Sold: Old Stone Chapel in the Snow

Framed print of an old stone chapel in the snow
  • Image Size: 21.375″ x 30.000″
  • Total Size: 25.625″ x 34.25″
  • Print Material: Watercolor Paper
  • Frame: SLW6 – Slimwoods – Black / Silver (SLW6)
  • Top Mat: Very White Rag
  • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting
  • Shipping to a buyer from Tustin, CA.

Snowshoes are not typically listed as required photography equipment but there I was strapping contraptions of metal tubing, plastic webbing and ice gripping claws to my boots as I prepared to hike up to the old stone chapel in the woods.

Werner Von Trapp’s Chapel in the Woods was a work of gratitude. On a hillside behind the family home, von Trapp built a stone chapel in thanksgiving for his safe return from wartime service.

The hike up to the chapel especially during a calm, quiet winter with a blanket of snow muffling sounds is one of reflection and peace.  The only thing you hear is the occasional snowshoe knocking against each other and the smoosh of the snow under your feet as you break the trail through fresh fallen snow.

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Rustic stone chapel in the forest at Hiking in Stowe, Vermont at Trapp Family Lodge. There are over 60 kilometers of wooded hiking trails for all levels of ability. There is a short, peaceful hike to the Chapel, built by the Trapp family sons on their return home after World War II.  The family is well known from “The Sound of Music” and still owns the property where the original lodge was located.

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Werner von Trapp, also buried in the family cemetery, who built the small, stone chapel, as a gesture of thanksgiving to mark his safe return from the war. It is well worth the uphill trek to see it. Sam von Trapp married Elisa outside this chapel, as it can only fit about four people inside!

Feedback from collectors of these photographs of the stone chapel:

I love the simplicity of this work. The stone building, the white snow and the warmth of the Christmas wreath all say winter in New England. Beautiful.  – Karen Cook

Edward, this is a gorgeous image; I love the textures and the quaintness of the chapel! –  Elizabeth Tillar 

“This is a delight … wonderfully captured!” – Lois Bryan

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The New Old Red Farm Truck

Dodge Farm Truck

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…

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…their old chicken coop…

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…their old John Deere tractor when its parked just right…

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…and their cows…

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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.

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New England Landscapes

Winter Arrives in New England

As a New England landscape photographer, one finds themselves doing a lot of waiting on Mother Nature.  In spring we wait for the end of mud season and the return of leaves that seems to take so long.  In the fall we wait for the leaves to turn brilliant fall colors and then they drop and we wait for a blanket of beautiful winter snow to arrive.

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“I have no use for snow” I over hear at the car dealership as I wait for my car to be inspected, oil changed and generally prepared for winter.  Personally I have a lot of use for winter – skiing and photographing generally as well as my winter hobby of snow clearing.

Around Boston they have a saying that the seasons are Almost Winter, Winter, Still Winter and Road Construction because the summer seasons typically see a flurry of construction activity filling pot holes created all winter.

Mark Twain said “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”  Which is kind of unfortunate because when you get a nice snow storm your really only have a short window between being able to get out safely to photograph the snow and when it starts to melt or gets hit with wintery mix of rain and sleet or something.  If you want to ski in fresh, beautiful powder, the best plan is to call in sick and hit the slopes before the weather changes.

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The ideal conditions are a nice dump of wet snows overnight, wet enough to cling to the trees, followed by a bright sunny day, sunny enough to melt the snow on the roads but not warm enough to melt the snow off the trees.

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Then there is the challenge of finding a place to park.  A four wheel drive car with good snow tires is a must.  Country roads in New England are ringed with drainage ditches that will swallow your car and you have to stay out of the way of the snow plows.  I find a quick tour into a farm road and a quick shot is best.   Or don high snow boots and snow pants and be prepared to wade in deep into the snow to get a shot.

Don’t ask about that time I drove on to a snowmobile trail by mistake and had to bribe a local guy with a sandwich to help get me out.

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New England winter photographs and artwork are available as fine art prints, framed and matted artwork, canvas prints, wood, arcylic, metal and on products such as greeting cards, tote bags, throw pillows and more! See the entire portfolio here:

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The World’s First Two Stage Electric Snow Blower

Battery Powered Snowblower

For a number of years I had a standard Briggs and Stratton dual stage snowblower. I’d store and mix the gas, pull the cord or use the electric start and replace the silence of the falling snow with the roar of a gas engine.

Then various problems would occur. The thing would stall out at the end of my long driveway so I’d crank away at the rip cord only to have it break. Then I’d lug the heavy machine back to the garage for an electric start. Later some bad gas or perhaps a bad mix of oil and gas clogged the carburetor. We moved to New Hampshire and I took the machine into a repair shop. For $90 they stuck a new carburetor on. Next season, it still didn’t work well. At this point it was rusty, cantankerous and a general pain the butt.

I ended up basically giving it away and ordering a single stage, corded, electric snowblower. This worked fine as long as I got outside in the middle of the storm every four inches or so to make sure the snow didn’t pile up too much. It was quiet, light and did the job. Although the cord was a pain in the butt. Since this, I’ve gone electric with all my tools – chainsaw, lawn mower, trimmers.

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Best thing about electric is you push the button and it is on. No gas storage or mixing. No noise. No fumes.

Now a Serious Battery Powered Snow Blower

iON8024, the revolutionary next-generation 24-inch self-propelled dual-stage cordless snow blower from SNOW JOE.

iON8024’s groundbreaking, rechargeable 80-Volt power plant and powerful 2500 W brushless motor has what it takes to weather winter’s worst, featuring two interchangeable EcoSharp 40 V batteries to deliver up to 30 minutes (5.0 Ah) | 40 minutes (6.0 Ah) of GAS-FREE and CORD-FREE no-fade performance, with zero carbon emissions for cleaner air.

Snow Joe Battery Electric Snow Blower
Snow Joe Battery Electric Snow Blower

iON8024 starts instantly with a simple push of the illuminated display, to put the legendary power of iON at your fingertips for unparalleled snow-shredding performance, courtesy of its cutting-edge 4-speed digital drive system (3-speed & XPORT). And iON’s integrated illuminated battery indicators mean you’ll never be left in the dark when it comes to having the information you need close at hand.

Snow Joe Battery Electric Snow Blower
Snow Joe Battery Electric Snow Blower

Equipped with a 2-stage heavy-duty serrated steel auger and powerful impeller, iON8024 plows through up to 1000 pounds of snow per minute, clearing a path 24-inches wide by 13-inches deep in a single pass. Ergonomic trigger grips provide optimum comfort and reduce stress from squeezing, and the integrated scraper bar at the base of the unit lets you clear right to the ground without damaging your deck or pavement.

 

 

 

 

Other exclusive iON8024 features include a 180° thumb-switch auto-rotate chute to direct the snow stream up to 32 feet away, dual integrated 3 W LED headlamps to light the way for safe nighttime clearing, and wide, knobby rubber TracAssist tires for maximum traction in the most challenging winter weather conditions.

Here are the advantages  and disadvantages of the battery powered snowblower as I see it:

Advantages over gas snowblower

  • Instant start
  • Lighter
  • No fumes
  • No gas and oil to store and mix
  • Easier to transport in a car because there is no gas
  • Digital controls
  • Local power – don’t need to drive to the gas station to get more fuel.

Disadvantages over gas snowblower

  • Power outage could cramp one’s use.  Might have to head to the neighbor’s generator to recharge.
  • 40 – 50 minutes of usage on a single set of batteries.

New England Winter Scene with snow, red barn and vintage red tractor

Old tractor in the snow

Behind the Shot:  Classic New England Winter Scene

This is one of those photographs that has it all.  Snow, a great old red barn or more accurately, a maple syrup producing sugar shack and a great old red vintage tractor.

New England winter shots like these require a lot of planning.  Photographing winter in rural New Hampshire among the hills and dales, along the country lanes and over the forested mountains, can be a huge challenge in winter.

Most of the time there is no place to park.  Drainage ditches line the old country roads and snow plows are apt to come by at any moment to bury your car under a pile of slush and snow.

Best to plan ahead, keep track of points of interest that you wish to return to in winter, watch the weather reports and hope and pray that the farmer doesn’t move his old vintage tractor out of position.

These aren’t movie props ya know.  Farm equipment such as this great old red tractor are working essentials to the operation of these farms such as this one in Lyme, New Hampshire with its working maple syrup operation.

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In winter farm equipment might used to move firewood or push snow out of the path to the barn. Although often an old tractor like this one, even if it is still working, is probably used mostly in the summer for hay cutting.

A few tips on photographing classic New England winter landscapes such as this:

  • Plan out your shot before walking around the scene.  You don’t want to create a bunch of ugly footprints in the snow.
  • Avoid bright sun.  Sunlight can be harsh in winter with glare reflecting off the snow.  Overcast days are great for reducing shadows and preventing highlights from creating overly contrasty scenes.
  • Meter for snow.  Don’t let your snow turn gray because you didn’t use exposure compensation.  Add a stop of exposure to make sure your snow isn’t dull and gray.
  • Keep certain locations in mind for future photo shoots in different seasons.  For example this old tractor and farm in Hopkinton, NH is on my list for a revisit once winter sets in.  I shot it in the fall, now for a winter version of this scene.

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New England Winter Photographs by Edward M. Fielding

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A horse and red barn in the middle of a snow storm in the Stowe and Waterbury area of Vermont.

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The photogenic Jenne Farm in Vermont which as graced the cover of many a calendar.

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Trapp Family Lodge, stone chapel in the woods in Stowe, Vermont.

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A scene from the secret cross country area in Lyme,  New Hampshire.  A former scout summer camp, now a warming hut for cross country skiers.

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Hanover green in winter.  A snow covered green scene with bench on the Dartmouth College campus in downtown Hanover, New Hampshire.

All images are available as fine art prints, framed prints, canvas, metal prints and more.  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/winter