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Gallery 12: Vermont, USA 2017

Happy when High

In 2017 we spent several weeks in the US, with the galleries on Minnesota and New York having already been published. Most of our time was of course in Vermont with Elizabeth's parents, arriving in the middle of winter. Winter in Vermont is a very white and pine affair, with temperatures falling to -10C while we were there (although it can get much colder). For Elizabeth and I this is far too cold (for any real length of time!), but we still enjoy it very much as a change of pace. An idyllic winter refuge where we spent many an evening around the wood-stove in Elizabeth's parents' gallery-like house, photography and hand-made quilts lining the walls and furniture.

Elizabeth took me to various old hike-haunts up nearby hills through the snow, over meadows and through the neighbour's junkyard of now-vintage cars and vehicles, a photographer's paradise. That's not to mention the house of a hill we thought was under construction until we went right up to it and peered through its living room windows, and saw the jumpers on the sofa and the fresh flowers in the vases. No shots were fired on our quicker than planned descent down their driveway so all was well.

I hope these photographs can give the viewer a taste of the Green Mountain State - this smallest state in the US and the only state to impeach President George W. Bush.

Please enjoy the gallery of photographs by clicking the photo or link above, or:

~ Vientiene

P.S. For any photography enthusiasts or professionals reading: I use a Panasonic G5 (micro four-thirds), and mostly used a 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens from 2013-2017 (full frame equivalent 28-84mm). In early 2017, I replaced it with the much faster Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II prime allowing the capture of much more light, as well as an increase in saturation, a reduction in size and a significant boost in sharpness. This is the full-frame equivalent to a 40mm f1.7 so is a 'normal' lens in the traditional sense. I also use a telescopic Panasonic 45-200mm f4-5.6 OIS, it has great reach given the full-frame equivalent of 90-400mm although I do often wish it was faster.

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