Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

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Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby mmvt » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:46 pm

While I know some people are still in VT enjoying themselves, I am home now and going through VT withdrawal. Our annual VT vacation is something we plan for months and months.... we pack, make plans and hope for great foliage and decent weather. As September draws closer the forum "heats up" with predictions of "peak", suggestions about what to do/where to go. Some of us fill our days in VT with jam-packed activities and plans - others take it as it comes but everyone seems to have moments of pure joy during VT visits!!
Sooooo, i'd like to start a thread that everyone can participate in - and, here's the question:
What is your favorite (or one of your favorite) VT moments/memories? Why is it your favorite? How will you hang onto that memory/moment when you're feeling sad or needing some peace of mind?? If you have a photo to include, please do but it's not necessary.
One of my VT "moments" was this year when I made it to Bragg Hill just in time to see an amazing sunset. It was the last stop of a long day of foliage viewing - Killington, Lefferts Pond, Chittenden, Kent Pond, Stowe and then Bragg Hill... I had not planned on going to Bragg Hill but as we were driving home from Stowe, I noticed that the sky was doing amazing things as it got darker and remembered a really cool late day photo that Carol/Abby shot at Bragg Hill after a storm, so I decided to check it out. When we arrived, we were amazed by the change in color as we had been there earlier in the week. It was nearly impossible to decide which way to aim the camera as every single view was beautiful but because the sun was descending quickly, i didn't have lots of time to think about "the shot" so I clicked away and got several good photos - the one below is one of my favorites because it embodies so much of what I love about VT - beautiful views, a farm that was literally saved by the local community via the Vermont Land Trust (to be a working farm again!) and a place i might never have discovered if not for the generous and wonderful people who contribute to this forum and share their 'must see' spots.
I will hold onto this favorite moment by getting this photo printed and hang it in my office!
So, what's one of YOUR favorite VT memories/moments??
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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby abby » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:14 pm

I LOVED reading about your favorite VT moment MM. Your picture is gorgeous. As I read your description of the moment, I could clearly see you, in that exact spot in my mind, and I could feel your awe of the beauty that surrounded you at that moment. So awesome!!!

Gosh, I think I have a couple of VT Moments from this year that I will always cherish. Hope it's ok if I post more than one, although I'm sure I won't be the only one with more than one (hint hinc CT) :mrgreen:

My first VT moment of 2013 was during my camera club weekend. As you know, I guided 20 plus members of my camera club on a foliage tour of the NEK. One morning we went to May Pond in Barton for sunrise. There was a thin layer of morning fog along the pond. The temperature was cool but comfortable. I told everyone to keep an eye and ear out for loons. One of the members had a loon call in his truck. In the silence of the morning, he played his loon call. The eerie sound carried across the pond. Some of the members had never even heard a loon before! Suddenly, from across the foggy pond, a loon answered the call. We all stood in awe and silence listening to it. A VERY SPECIAL moment that I will never forget!!

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My other favorite memory was during my farm stay with CT. We had lots of memorable moments, but my favorite one was when we got lost along the back roads of Montpelier. We finally came to a T intersection, and saw the most beautiful farm with the most beautiful views. I'll never forget this moment!

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My third favorite moment was on the morning of my last day at the farm. The long suffering one was with me for the last night of our farmstay. He and I got up before sunrise and headed out for some photo ops before breakfast, (while CT slept in!) I just love traveing unexplored back roads with him, especially during the early morning hours as the world is just waking up. We went to Marshfield Falls. I forgot my tripod....left it in the back of my car......so he pulled the truck up to the falls and shut the engine off to avoid any shaking. I opened the window, placed my camera bag along the edge of the door as a support, and took some long exposure shots of the waterfall. We were blocking the road (very narrow one lane dirt road) but no other vehicles approached the whole time we were there.
Just one of those nice finds, and a nice quiet moment that I shared with him!!

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Thanks for starting this thread MM. I love to hear about everyone's special VT moments!!!

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby Andy » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:13 am

Great topic, MM: I like it so much, I want it to stay at the top (at least for a while), so I have made it a "Sticky" topic.

I will have to search around for my own favorite Vermont Memory. I have a clear memory of the day, but the photograph isn't mine :-). Carol took it, so if I cannot find the jpg she sent me a couple years back, I may need to ask her for a copy. I am SURE she know the secret :-)
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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby abby » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:45 pm

Andy:
I thought what happens in VT stays in VT!!!! You want me to share THAT picture????? :lol: :lol:

Just kidding!!!!!!!

Yes, I know exactly what picture you are talking about, and it's one of my favorites as well. If you need another copy I will send it to you.
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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby Andy » Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:46 pm

Oh Geez. I completely FORGOT about "that" one :mrgreen: . Yeah, I meant the next one - you know the one I mean. And I looked high and low for it, so please - yes, send it to me.

In the meantime, let me tell everyone about my SECOND FAVORITE Vermont Memory - which is an extremely close second to my favorite (coming soon).

I joined here back in 2005 and it became an important "community" for me. I have had the great pleasure of moderating here and being the starter and moderator of the photography forum (with Tim's indulgence and support). I have met some really great friends here. One stands out in a big way and we will be honoring his memory in 2015 with the "GEORGE CAMP" SOV REUNION.

After many enjoyable exchanges here and by private e-mail, I finally had the pleasure to meet George Camp - known as GIC here, in 2010. We spent a fun day together being guided by Carol around the Northeast Kingdom. George joined me for 2 additional days during that week (driving up from his Massachusetts home each time). I have laughed a lot during my lifetime - but never more and never more genuinely than with George! George, Rich and I spent one afternoon searching for waterfall images, and the one I will always most remember is the unnamed falls George discovered, which we named "George's Falls." They SO illustrate George's sense of humor! I will treasure that memory for a lifetime, as alas, I never got to see George again. George left this world after a valiant and good natured struggle with cancer, in 2011,

so here's to George:

George and Yanneth Camp (2010)
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"George's Falls" - Newfane, Vermont (2010)
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Postby Andy » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:30 pm

Ok. Here is my best Vermont Memory. This was my chance to finally meet my very good SOV friend, Carol, CT, George, FaxMachineAnthem, Tim and GIC (George Camp). It was also a chance to meet up with my good buddy Al Utzig, who I had already spent a great long weekend with in MN. The image was taken by Carol of Al and Me shooting what has become my all time favorite Vermont Fall Image! This was the morning after our great get together at Carol's home in Barton. One of the best days and best photographic days in my lifetime!

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby bvahjen » Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:39 pm

While new memories are being created for this year I would like to share one from a prior year. I don't have a picture so you will have to use your minds eye, something we don't do much anymore. I was on the fourth hole at Stratton golf club and it was late in the day. The light was failing and I knew we would have it call it a day after this hole. Suddenly I turned to watch the sun go and I saw this sugar maple on the course display the most beautiful red color I have ever seen. It was like a fiery red with purple sky behind it. All was still and the tree showered the area with the most iridescent color I have ever seen. I remember this was the most vibrant color I had ever experienced, you could almost hear it.

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby mmvt » Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:28 am

two favorite memories from my 2014 trip to get this thread going!
the first is one, of many, shots I got on Common Road in Waitsfield. Getting there early in the morning requires being up and in the car and traveling up route 100. As we drove north, the sky was variable (as it often is in VT) and I was hoping the trip would be worth it. Sometimes those long rides end up disappointing because the light or scene you hoped for doesn't materialize. We arrived on Common Road and the scenes were magical - beautiful early sun with distant fog and trees in FULL peak color. This road has so much to explore - the difficult part was deciding how much time to spend in any single location knowing that there is always more to see down the road!

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The next photo is from our last full day in VT. The color in our immediate area had faded so we went exploring in an area that Betsy has shared in the past. I pulled out a map that i had marked up and started driving some 'secret back roads'. The day was very overcast and threatening rain on/off but the color was excellent. There was one section of the area that kept drawing my attention so I put the map away and simply followed roads to see where they would take me. We ended up on a road high above route 17 (I think) and found this awesome place. To the left of the photo is a HUGE house with unbelievable views. The sign at the property said "WildWind". It seemed that nobody was home and i realized that the "road" actually dead ended onto this property. As I always try to be respectful of others, I simply pulled over and took a few photos and left. Returning home, i remained curious about the property and "googled" to discover that the owner had a "family webpage". I sent them a few of my photos and they thanked me - a while later they contacted me to let me know that many different people had photographed the property for them but none had really captured it well. They loved my shots so I sent them a USB drive with various versions that they could have printed. We have emailed back and forth a few times and they invited us to visit this Fall and take as many photos as I want!

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby wentworth » Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:47 am

mmvt, nice pics!
I have too many great memories of Fall in Vermont to mention
Our first fall was in 1997, one of the best Falls ever--And 2003 the NEK along Rt 114 was fantastic, and so was 2012 and 2014--RT 232 last year and 2010--Killington in 2012 was incredible, and 2014 was a close second

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby Fallleafechidna » Mon Sep 28, 2015 3:44 am

Probably coming around a bend in the NEK in that incredible 2012 fall and seeing this and not really believing:
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(oh and thinking back, hah, maybe one of the camp helpers/waitresses years ago at Eagle Camp back when we stayed there for a week when I was just just about to enter HS)

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby scurtis623 » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:10 pm

Wow! We've been going up to NEK for many years and love it up there! Looks like rain for the next 10 days tho. :(
Where is the barn and pond, called Wildwind?
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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby Fallleafechidna » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:37 am

mmvt wrote:two favorite memories from my 2014 trip to get this thread going!
the first is one, of many, shots I got on Common Road in Waitsfield. Getting there early in the morning requires being up and in the car and traveling up route 100. As we drove north, the sky was variable (as it often is in VT) and I was hoping the trip would be worth it. Sometimes those long rides end up disappointing because the light or scene you hoped for doesn't materialize. We arrived on Common Road and the scenes were magical - beautiful early sun with distant fog and trees in FULL peak color. This road has so much to explore - the difficult part was deciding how much time to spend in any single location knowing that there is always more to see down the road!


Were those really all taken 10/10 last year? or is that just the date the photos all got processed?

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Re: Favorite VT moment/memory - let's share ours!

Postby Fallleafechidna » Sat Oct 10, 2015 1:38 am

Fallleafechidna wrote:Probably coming around a bend in the NEK in that incredible 2012 fall and seeing this and not really believing:
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(oh and thinking back, hah, maybe one of the camp helpers/waitresses years ago at Eagle Camp back when we stayed there for a week when I was just just about to enter HS)


Did it get this good, or close this year in the NEK and did I sadly miss something amazing this year or was it not quite to 2012 and I don't have to feel so bad I won't make it up in time?



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