Yes, it’s been a while. I’ve been busy working on the house, finishing our addition, putting up new siding, and replacing all the windows. My long-time friend, Steve Smith, and I took advantage of the record-breaking warm temperatures in the seventies and pounded down the last nail shortly after noon yesterday. I can now go on record and say that, exactly ten years after homesteading our property, the major construction on the house is finally finished. Consequently, apart from fall foliage, during which I captured another stunning gallery print of Belvidere Pond, I haven’t been in the field all that much.
This morning, the thermometer is dropping back down to more seasonal temperatures. Right now, it’s in the forties and I expect that, during the course of the day, I’ll glance up from my writing and see the rain turn to wet snow. Sometime this afternoon, I’ll start a fire in the wood stove and then, tomorrow morning, the ski trails on Jay Peak outside the den window will likely have turned into white ribbons and snow will dust the land like powdered sugar on a canolli. Mmmm, canollis.
While I don’t wish to seem like one of those retailers who skip Thanksgiving and put up their Christmas decorations the day after Halloween, I would like to let you know that all of our gallery prints will be available at 10% off with free shipping from this Thanksgiving to January 1, 2013. A Sojourns In Nature gallery print brings Nature home, into your office, or wherever you hang it. Give someone you care about (including yourself) a truly unique gift that cannot be purchased anywhere on Earth but the Sojourns In Nature website or directly from me at one of my exhibits. See the complete Sojourns In Nature gallery here:
If you’re in the area, please stop by to visit with me at any of following upcoming exhibits:
Round Barn Thanksgiving Exhibit: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 10 am – 2 pm; Round Barn, Waitsfield, VT
Charlotte Central School Artisan & Craft Fair: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10 am – 3 pm; Charlotte, VT
Spruce Peak Holiday Exhibit: Saturday, December 22, 2012, noon – 6 pm; Ballroom, Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, VT
Of course, our coffee-table book, Close to Home and Farther Afield (see the side bar), would also make an extremely superb and lasting gift.
For various reasons, not the least of which is that I simply enjoy being home with my family and because the gallery is doing extremely well, I am offering fewer group workshops and tours in 2013. Instead, more and more of you are taking advantage of my custom tours and workshops and accompanying me into the field for a day, or two, or however long you wish, either here in northern Vermont, or on the Maine coast, or farther afield in Kenya, the American Southwest, Yellowstone… Learn more about how you can learn professional nature photography while photographing with me in a location of your choice here:
In the meantime, I’ll be spending the winter in my den, writing. I have a few stories that need telling. The first, entitled “Home Scars” is in press for the spring issue of the Green Mountains Literary Review. Order a copy of the review here and let me know what you think:
Thanks, as always for taking the time to visit with me. Please leave a comment or email me or, even better, drop by the house to see the trains during the upcoming holidays. (Email me directly for more information about the NE&E Open House.) I look forward to seeing you in the field and/or at one of my weekly exhibits in Stowe or Waitsfield, VT in 2013. Have fun, stay cozy, and may the light be with you!
With gratitude and respect,