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Our BIG prints @ 21st Annual Round Barn Photo Show

August 10, 2010

Through September 6, 2010, several of our photographs will be on display at the 21st Annual Photography Exhibit at the Round Barn in Waitsfield, Vermont – part of the Mad River Valley’s 2010 Vermont Festival of the Arts.

Last year, one of our large-format canvas photographs (see skiing image in second photo below) was awarded by the jury a spot in the popular Art in the Round Barn show, which follows in September.

Stop by the Round Barn in Waitsfield, VT sometime before Sept 6 to take a peek at our canvas and framed prints, as well as the work of dozens of other photographers from our region. For more info about our fine-art prints and print pricing, please visit this link on our website.

The first image below features two of the prints we are showing at the Round Barn this year, which is in the old milking parlour (lower level) at the Round Barn.

-Brian and Emily

Working with the Green Mountain Club

August 3, 2010

Since 2005, we’ve been supporting the great work of the Green Mountain Club (GMC) – the primary steward of Vermont’s 200+ mile Long Trail hiking trail – by collaborating on an annual slideshow event in our local communities (through the GMC’s Annual James P. Taylor Series) and by providing the GMC with discounted access to our growing library of photographs.  Recently, the GMC published a new book in celebration of the GMC’s 100th birthday, entitled, A Century in the Mountains, which features several large scale reproductions of images we’ve captured along the Long Trail.  And on the cover of this summer’s Long Trail News, the GMC published an image captured by Emily when hiking last summer in southern Vermont’s new Glastenbury Wildnerness Area (above). Starting this summer, too, several of our fine-art photographs (matted and framed) will be on display at the GMC’s headquarters along Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center, VT. Proceeds from the sale of these prints will also be donated to the GMC.

You can support the great work of the GMC by coming out to our slideshows or considering the purchase of our fine-art photography, but most importantly, by becoming a member of the GMC, by volunteering some time, or by offering a gift to the GMC. GMC Membership has lots of nice benefits, whether you live in Vermont and use the Long Trail, or not. Please help the GMC reach its goal in its 100th year for 10,000 members, and consider joining or giving the gift of membership (upcoming birthday, wedding?) to one of Vermont’s greatest organizations.

Thanks!

-Brian and Emily

Garlic, Green Beans & Garden Greens

July 21, 2010

Yum… We harvested this year’s crop of garlic this week, which amounted to approx. 150 heads of organically grown (& synthetic fertilizer free) garlic – nearly double what we produced last year. (The photo above depicts some of this garlic drying before it gets braided in bundles for easy storage inside our kitchen) We’ll use approx. 20% of this crop as seed for next year’s crop, and enjoy the rest throughout the coming year. As the summer season crests, our garden is simply exploding. Daily, we’ve been sharing and enjoying great salads of mixed greens, arugula, mustards, baby kale and beat greens – topped with everything from the last of our sugar-snap peas to fresh herbs(cilantro!) to our own sweet raspberries, and dressed with our latest concoction of homemade herbal vinaigrette. We’ve been harvesting younger green beans for nearly a week now, and we even picked our first giant purple cherokee tomatoes this past weekend. It’s been a wonderfully warm summer with just enough rain to cool us down now and then. Thank you Mother Nature!

– Brian and Emily

Happy (Car-free) Independence Day!

July 1, 2010

To celebrate Independence Day, we’ll be enjoying a day of car-free independence by cycling to Warren, VT’s famous July 4th parade and street party, swimming in the Mad River, cycling home, and enjoying the afternoon with some friends and family.  We hope everyone has a great weekend!

-Brian and Emily

Iceland Photo in Outside Magazine

June 17, 2010

We’re happy to report that one of our favorite images was recently selected for publication in the “Exposure” section of Outside Magazine’s June 2010 issue (page 10) – which is on newstands now. It’s an image that Emily and I captured while searching for an underground hot spring in the Myvatn geothermal area in north central Iceland last spring. Emily crawled down into this fissure to sniff out the spring, and we enjoyed some incredible time in its soothing, hot waters before heading out for an early evening ski tour on a nearby volcano. (Look below for an image taken inside the underground hot spring.)

Says Amy Silverman, Outside’s Associate Photo Editor, “When I’m looking for images that work for the Exposure section, one of the most popular sections of the magazine, I don’t know exactly what will work until I see it and it clicks. Brian and Emily sent me some of their work from Iceland and, when I saw the image we ended up using, I knew immediately that it would make a great Exposure. It was the shot that made me stop and say, “Wow! That’s amazing!!” It’s a beautiful photo but more than that it’s something you rarely see.”

There’s also a great story, penned by Patrick Symmes, in Outside’s June issue about the controversy surrounding the proposed damming of Chilean Patagonia’s Rio Baker Valley – a region which we have explored on our bikes, feet and skis over the years.  Here’s a page on our website dedicated to our experiences in Patagonia’s Rio Baker region….LINK.

Food is Happening – Northern Woodlands Feature

June 4, 2010

Having planted much of our veggie garden before setting off to Norway in late April, we’ve been able to enjoy (i.e. eat!) an increasing abundance of food since our return to Vermont two weeks back. Huge salads of mixed greens, crunchy spinach, and some tears of chard tossed with sliced radishes, shredded beets and cabbage (still from last season, staying cool in the fridge!), shredded carrots (purchased), some sprouted grains, a neighbor’s goat cheese and more…have been the rule.  Occasionally, we grill up a little meat from our neighbor’s pigs, chickens and cows, too, to throw on top of the salad. Or perhaps we’ll sprinkle on some slivered almonds, sliced apples… And when we’re feeling really crazy, we’ll lay on a fried or poached egg or two – Chilean style! Yum.

There’s no doubt that the garden is the foundation of our diet during the warmer months, and increasingly, year round. Our love for fresh, healthy food is also responsible for an evolving focus in our photography and documentary work around Vermont’s emerging local food economy, edible landscaping and modern homesteading. On this note, be sure to check out our friend Ben Hewitt’s incredible new book, The Town that Food Saved.

This month, Northern Woodlands ran a feature story on the subject of “forest gardening”.  The story opens with our photo we captured of Ben Falk, of Whole Systems Design (a friend and neighbor here in Moretown), tending to his fruit trees by cutting and mulching with deep-rooting comfrey growing beneath them. Northern Woodlands magazine is a publication of the non-profit Center for Northern Woodlands Education, Inc. based in Corinth, VT. It’s distributed primarily in the northeastern U.S., and it offers a forward thinking perpsective on how we use, develop and live within our forest-dominated environment.  Take a peek at the clip below:

Back from Norway – Seeing the Stars Again

May 21, 2010

5/27 UPDATE: See a sneak peek at our images from Norway at our skiing website, AdventureSkier.com, HERE.

We are just back from a very successful month-long, pedal-powered backcountry skiing adventure through northern Norway’s Arctic Alps – a region well above the Arctic Circle, at approx 70 degrees north latitude. The photo here features one of the four “ski bikes” pedalled by our very fortunate crew of four – Emily and I, and our Vermont friends Forrest Twombly and Thomas Hite. Stay tuned for some photos from the trip soon, and if you haven’t been following our updates from the trip on our skiing website, http://www.AdventureSkier.com, check them out here.

We enjoyed a tremendous variety of weather and snow conditions in Norway, with blizzard conditions early in the trip giving way to 20 days of dry, sunny weather. The mountains were strikingly beautiful, presenting us with unlimited daily opportunities to explore their many treasures before ultimately skiing back to our seashore camps below. Best of all, the Norwegians welcomed us with open hearts and warm generosity – curious about and inspired by our human-powered approach to adventure in their local mountains.

Having spent the last month living outside under the 24 hour daylight of the Arctic sun, it was a true gift to see the skies filled with stars again upon returning to Vermont last night. And then to wake to a lush and colorful Vermont springing to life under the warm morning sun… What a world!

Stay tuned for a peek at our photos from Norway. And have a great weekend.

-Brian