Monday, September 26, 2016

Long Trail Journey's End photos

Susan (Blue Heron) and Carol (Pebble Moss) finishing their epic nine year Vermont Long Trail 272 mile journey on September 11, 2016.

 Neither rain, nor mud, wedding delays on Jay Peak, 
 nor a broken arm (atop Mt. Mansfield) could stop
 this pair.


Pedro and MaryAnn heading up
to Journey's End shelter to meet C & S.


                     are the music

                                                                                          of the trail.

And sometimes, what you see 

                                                                  reflects the heart of nature.

Lonely hikers, rest assured,
visitors from across the universe
hike the Vermont Long Trail. 

                                                 Long Trail Kilt

Left to right, starting at top: 
Susan and Carol, Pam and Maeve, Pedro, Bonnie, Beth, and Craig, Mary Ann, and Ira. 


                                                                         My hiking pole was a foot longer 
                                                                            the year I started hiking.

SPECIAL brownies to celebrate. Minty too.

Rapids crossing.
Hope the rope holds out.

Pam leads the way.
Tight rope walking is
a valuable Long Trail skill.

Susan, it's not a tug of war!

These boots were made for walking
and that's just what they did.

We are all so very proud of you Susan and Carol!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Vermont Butterfly Photos - Great Spangled (Cybelle) & Aphrodite Fritillary

Aphrodite Fritillary 
(Speyeria aphrodite)

                The Spool of Love
Let go of me, let go of me, she cried.
And so
he did.

And the string ran free
from the spool
having reached its end.

And the kite sailed away
full of joy
and sadness.

For what you cannot hold
you must relinquish
and what you have to give
calls to be given.

(Personal note: Poem was especially apropos on 7/9/2016)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Butterfly)
(Speyeria Cybele)
Solitary Cybele butterfly photos taken 6/30/2016 in South Burlington, Vermont. Images of a pair of Aphrodite Fritillary butterflies was taken on 7/3/2016 in Stowe, VT.

Photos ( Aphrodite Fritillary-(Speyeria aphrodite)) below taken on 7/3/2016 at Brewster Ridge Disc Golf, Stowe, VT.