Campus California

We just returned from a whirlwind visit to the Golden State, looking at four colleges with our daughter, who is a senior this fall at Sharon Academy. Flying into Los Angeles and leaving from San Francisco a week later, we had a great time getting a feel for what it’s like to be a student in California. Here’s favorites from the visits (and a few side trips!):

From top: The William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University overlooks the Westchester area of Los Angeles; our daughter photographs the view, enhanced by the sea breeze from nearby Playa Del Rey; She takes a walk with other visitors on the campus trails at University of California-Santa Cruz, on 2,000 acres overlooking Monterey Bay – I said if she went to school there, she’d not only walk a lot, but be a Slug as well (the school mascot!); One of the campus bulletin boards at UCSC reflects the popular use of staples; scenes at dusk from Santa Monica Pier, including the Hot Dog Stick stand and a slackliner; The town of Locke, population 75, was built in 1915 by Chinese immigrants near Sacramento and now has several museums, including the Dai Loy Gambling House Museum; A customer enjoys a drink at Al’s Place in Locke; Dusk sets in at the end of the road over Monterey Bay in Santa Clara.

So Much Funnery

The Chelsea Funnery staged two performances over the weekend of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Town Hall in Chelsea, Vt. The Funnery is two-week camp where over two dozen actors from ages 12 to 18 learn their lines and performances from scratch. Our daughter’s been going for a half-dozen years and it’s totally amazing to see what they accomplish! Follow this link to see more and to order prints and downloads (proceeds will benefit their scholarship fund).

In the News

It’s a tumultuous time to be in the newspaper industry, but it’s still a thrill to be a part of daily news reporting. Here’s a few of my favorite photos that I did over the past few months for the Valley News.

From top, With help from carpenter Mike Gross, of Tunbridge, Vt., (not pictured) Peter Klinck attaches a rake overhang with screws to the porch of his Tunbridge home. The porch is the last of the house’s framing to be done, rebuilt after a Nov. 2014 fire caused $250,000 in damages. Klink used insurance funds, donations, recycled materials and sweat equity to bring the building back into shape; South Royalton teammates, from left, George Carr, Logan Martin and Zeb Perrault celebrate after Martin scored on a bunt by Jacob Barry in the sixth inning of their Division IV semifinal game with Rivendell in South Royalton, Vt. South Royalton won, 4-2; State Sen. Alison Clarkson, of Woodstock, Vt., gives Jane Curtis, also of Woodstock, a kiss after about 50 people sang “Happy Birthday” to Curtis at the start of a rally at Tribou Park in Woodstock. Curtis, who turned 100 earlier in the month, was the inspiration for the new group Women For A Change, who organized the demonstration against the Trump administration’s policy to separate immigrant children from their parents while they are seeking asylum; Becca White, middle, of White River Junction, Vt., reacts to the news that Donald and and Wanda Nalette are to be selling their South Main Street building in downtown White River Junction to Northern Stage at the end of July. Wanda Nalette, who owns Twin State Typewriter, will be closing the business and joining her husband in retirement; While waiting to line up for commencement, Jackie Balch takes a silly photo of herself with her classmates Elizabeth Coverdale and Lawrence Roessel in Sunapee, N.H. Twenty-nine graduates received their diplomas; After cutting away an area of cedar shake siding with a chainsaw firefighters examine where lightning was suspected to have traveled down the side of Donna Goldberg’s house on Taylor Valley Road in Vershire, Vt. The early 1970s-era house was unoccupied, undergoing renovations and is insured.

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Maria & Zack

Maria and Zack were married on a steamy summer day, which was held in air-conditioned comfort at Divine Mercy Parish in Peterborough, N.H. Following portraits at a lake, their celebration was held nearby by Hidden Hills Estate in Rindge, N.H. Maria and Zack are a sweet couple, and it was nice to see Kyle and Heidi again (I photographed their wedding three years ago). Follow this link to see more photos on my Facebook page, and click here to see even more and to order prints and downloads from the Galleries section of my website.

Early Season

I’ve been making regular visits to Tunbridge Hill Farm in part to do photography updates for their website. It’s also great to catch up with my neighbors and admire their handsome work! Here’s a few of my favorites from the early season:

From top: Wendy Palthey brings in Swiss chard she harvested at the farm to sell at market the next day; Tomato plants are ready to be removed from a cold frame and to be planted or sold at market; Jean Palthey tills soil with the tractor to plant carrots; Morel mushrooms were found by Wendy Palthey under one of the cold frames at the farm; Fiona Milchman harvests beet greens for market; Wendy Palthey, left, and Fiona Milchman unload and install 300 stakes for 600 tomato plants growing at Tunbridge Hill Farm; Tomato blossoms grow in the morning sun; Zea Palthey washes red leaf lettuce in a sink of water in the barn; From left, Wendy Palthey, Milchman and Sam Ketchum weed a row of carrots early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in; A song sparrow made a nest on top of rolled-up fencing.

Family Frolic

Last weekend, I caught up with Cara, Dean and their growing family. Since photographing their wedding a decade ago, I’ve been back several times to document each new sibling. It’s always a treat! Follow this link to see more in the Galleries section of my website (and to order prints and downloads).

Top Honors

As the school year winds down, the Valley News celebrates the accomplishments of 36 students from the 18 schools it covers with its Athlete of the Year award. It’s a bit stressful to reach everyone and schedule portraits in two weeks, but well worth it! Here’s a few of my favorites:

From top, Oxbow’s Izzy Giesing, Mount Royal’s Alex Normandin, Stevens’ Jenna Pond, South Royalton’s Connor Lambert and Iris Hudson, Lebanon’s Nate Chickering, Thetford’s Meagan Balch, Oxbow’s Ben Emerson and Newport’s Lacey McNeel.

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Teresa & Dominic

Just a few miles from my home in Tunbridge, Vt., Teresa and Dominic were married and asked me to photograph their celebration. It was a sweet ceremony (Teresa arrived by stone boat!) and fun party. Follow this link to see more photos on my Facebook page, or click here to see even more in the Galleries section of my website (and to order prints and downloads).