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Earl’s family first settled this place in 1868, making him the fifth generation to work the land. The oxen are Red and Rock; Red (horns up) is a milking Devon, and Rock (horns out straight) is a beef Devon. They’re both about 7 years old, and just coming into their prime.

This stop at the watering hole is the prelude to their work day, which might encompass some six hours of logging, the oxen mostly on standby.


These alpacas lived up the road from us for awhile, and it always a pleasure to drive by, and see what they were up to.

“Shearing Day” is a springtime ritual for sheep, llamas, and alpacas throughout the land; a time when thick protective winter coats are removed – for their health and our commerce.

These gentle and exotic creatures seemed to tolerate the process quite well, thanks in no small part part to the incredibly talented shearers on site that day. A significant part of their job seemed to be keeping the stress level on the animals to a minimum – stylin’ all the while.



Went out for a walk during the recent snowstorm, right at dusk, and found our neighbor Paul getting a jump on the cleanup. The rest of the walk (normally an easy stroll) was like being in the wintry wilds of northern New England: howling wind, biting cold, icy footing, and no other soul about.


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Two institutions in West Rutland, the man and the cafe; Joziu has been a daily customer since the cafe first opened 20 years ago.


Michael, Worcester, VT

December 6, 2014

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Michael is an artist, poet and brother in faith who happened to need an author photo for a poem coming out shortly in Mason’s Road, an online literary journal, found here. This image from our visit a couple of months ago fit the bill.


Man, Manchester, VT

May 16, 2014


This man was on a cigarette break from his job at a local restaurant as I happened to be walking by. He told me of a family gathering at a nearby inn and encouraged a visit with his photographer son who was there. I did so as it was on my way, and met his wonderful extended family – slowly coming around from a night of celebration – and took a few more portraits. (Names lost in the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2009.)


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Pigs are highly intelligent creatures, ranking fourth in the animal world, behind only chimpanzees, dolphins, and elephants. My favorite bit of pig info from a quick Internet search:

“Last week (2009), an international team of biologists released the first draft sequence of the pig genome, the complete set of genetic instructions for making the ruddy-furred Duroc breed of Sus scrofa. Even on a cursory glance, “the pig genome compares favorably with the human genome,” said Lawrence Schook of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the team leaders. “Very large sections are maintained in complete pieces,” he said, barely changed in the 100-million-plus years since the ancestors of hogs and humans diverged.” NY TIMES (11/9/2009)

Whatever that means.

This little gal quickly darted back into her shelter on my very first approach, but lingered outside when I returned a short time later.