Eric Fitzgerald Photography: Blog https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Eric Fitzgerald Photography ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:11:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:11:00 GMT https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u365956272-o591696369-50.jpg Eric Fitzgerald Photography: Blog https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog 90 120 Adog Day 2017 https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2017/8/adog-day-2017 Curren CaplesCurren CaplesCurren Caples from team Mt. Dew at th 2017 Adog Day. It was a pleasure to shoot at the 2017 Adog Day in Burlington, VT. Andy was a good friend of mine since we were kids and I miss him everyday. We grew up deejaying together in Burlington. I played reggae and he played hip hop. He was forever a person who inspired the best out of the people around him and set the example. So honored to be a part of his memorial and it was so nice to see the legacy he has left for the future generations of deejays, skateboarders, snowboarders and artist.

Below is a little more about him from the Friends for A_Dog Association

DJ/Turntabalist Andy “A_Dog” Williams was the epitome of generosity, positivity and curiosity. His passion and innovativeness in music, skateboarding, and art earned him recognition as a musical talent and cultural icon. After Andy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in December 2012, his only possible cure was a bone marrow transplant. Because of Andy’s mixed ethnicity, he faced the seemingly impossible challenge of finding a bone marrow donor, with his odds of a match being 1 in 20 million.

After Andy’s diagnosis, his beloved community rose to the occasion by creating the group “Friends for A_Dog”. This group helped support him through benefits and bone marrow drives during his journey. With Andy’s passing in December 2013 from complications post-transplant, Friends for A_Dog (FFA_D) transitioned to become a non-profit to help carry on his legacy.

For more information please visit: http://www.friendsforadog.org/

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) adog andy btown burlington burton caples curren dew maven mt. ruca skateboarding vt williams https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2017/8/adog-day-2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:33:27 GMT
Mansfield Inversion https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2017/1/mansfield-inversion I was on the fence about riding on Sunday. It was foggy and there were occasional sprinkles of rain. It was almost impossible to see 25 feet in from of you but the conditions were really fun. We rode up to the top of Madonna and found this view. What a bonus! Mansfield InversionMansfield InversionMansfield Inversion

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Cloud Inversion Madonna Mansfield Smuggs Stowe https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2017/1/mansfield-inversion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:53:27 GMT
Ski Vermont Magazine https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/11/ski-vermont-magazine Two winters ago I shot the Vermont Open of Snowboarding at Stratton Resort in Southern Vermont. The Event is always a great time and features some of the best riders in the region. It also showcases an event called the "Washed Up Cup" which features legends of snowboard that are still competitive. I was pleasantly surprised when they introduced a Retro Pipe event the night before the Washed Up Cup. So many of the old pro’s came out to throw down and the event was located where the pipe was located when we were kids. It felt like coming home, the feeling of the location and the event was surreal. During the event I shot the photo below of Seth Neary doing his classic method. It was published in the new Ski Vermont Magazine. I want to thank them for publishing my shot and Seth for sending it. You can pick one up at most tourist information centers. Seth NearySeth NearySeth Neary legend with a proper method at the Vermont Open Retro Pipe

 

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Method Mountain Neary Open Resort. Seth Stratton Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/11/ski-vermont-magazine Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:38:41 GMT
Published by Burton Snowboards https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/7/published-by-burton-snowboards On July 25th, 2016 Burton snowboard included two of my photos in a piece on swimming-holes and swimming-hole etiquette. They outline a great perspective on how to treat the environment surrounding these places and how to act while there. It’s defiantly a good read.

This is the link to check it out: https://www.burton.com/blogs/the-burton-blog/how-hit-swimming-hole-local/

Big thanks to the staff a Burton for using my work and promoting my photography! Collbett FallsCollbett FallsCollbett Falls

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) burton camp durable falls goods hancock holes on snowboards swimming texas underhill vermont waterfalls https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/7/published-by-burton-snowboards Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:26:24 GMT
PWC https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/7/pwc In the summer I enjoy getting out on the water. If I don’t go swimming once or twice a week I become irritable and feel off. I have access to the Lake Champlain and love to get out there at sunset and sunrise to shoot or anytime really.

I’m asked how I get the lake shots I get and there is no real secret or technical trick. I have a PWC (Personal Water Craft) with a big water proof compartment. I also place my gear in a Pelican 1200 water proof floatable case. It fits right in the PWC compartment. If the PWC flips and the compartment does open, the case will float. Also if the PWC sinks and the camera/case stays in the compartment it should be safe up to a certain depth. However there is no protection to my camera while I’m shooting. The other thing is you have to have a steady hand because you are always moving. I guess timing is everything out there, to get a straight shot you have focus on the horizon.

Sunset Island, Lake Champlain, Colchester, Vermont.Sunset IslandSunset Island, Lake Champlain, Colchester, Vermont.

The PWC is also easy to launch with one person. I can put it in an out of the water within a few minutes solo. Ease of putting a PWC in quickly helps you get the shot.

The best part about getting out on a lake or ocean is it also feels like a quick vacation from reality. A vacation filled with beautiful locations and skies that are forever changing. I never see the same sky twice out there and it never gets old.
  

Case: http://www.pelicancases.com/Pelican-1200-P77.aspx

PWC: http://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/p265249365/h7b47ea44#h7b47ea44

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) PWC champlain eric fitzgerald island jetski lake photography seadoo sunset vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/7/pwc Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:46:07 GMT
Carleton's Prize https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/6/carletons-prize Carleton's Prize, Lake Champlain, VTCarleton's Prize, Lake Champlain, VT

Working on the water is a challenge with no stabilization. Getting a tack sharp photo may never happen. My SeaDoo has given me access to a new world of photography. The machine runs on 4 inches of water and can go most anyplace. The price of gas is reasonable consider the alternative of fueling a boat. The other great thing is it’s easy to put in the water with one person. Where I live there are five free places to launch it without a fee and there are located in the center of Lake Champlain. In the past I would get frustrated with the limited locations I could shoot of the Lake from land. I would continually say to myself “If I could only get out over there the shot would be perfect”. The SeaDoo has given me that flexibility to get to the spots I wanted and get some great stuff.

The ability to enjoy the lake from being out there is amazing.  Makes you extra tired and cleanses your body inside and out. The water seems to make me more limber and relaxed too. I could just sit out there for hours and enjoy the view and have waiting for the sun to set. The place you can visit can be a piece of history also like the island called “Carleton’s Prize”. Carleton’s Prize was never in a history lesson in High School or in any family story in my life. Not until I started to shoot it and wanting to climb on it did I discover a sign with a history lesson.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carleton's_Prize

Carleton's Prize is a small rock island in the Vermont waters of Lake Champlain, in Crescent Bay off the southwestern tip of South Hero.

Rising 30 feet (9.1 m) from water's edge to a plateau, situated between Stave and Providence Islands, it has been called Carleton's Prize since the American Revolutionary War when Sir Guy Carleton brought it to notoriety in 1776, the morning after the Battle of Valcour Island.[1]

Local lore has it that it was very foggy on the lake as Benedict Arnold escaped from behind Valcour Island with what was left of his small fleet. Not believing the Americans could have slipped by in the dark (which they had), the British searched to the north and east. In the heavy fog they sighted what they thought was a ship and summarily pounded it with their cannons, smoke from the black powder adding to the lack of visibility.[2]

After up to an hour without return fire, either a breeze came up or the fog burned off, and the British realized they had not been firing on a ship. This distraction allowed Arnold to escape down the lake to Addison, Vermont, where he burned his remaining fleet to prevent capture. Local lore goes further to say that local Islanders had hoisted logs on the island to look like masts. Rust marks from fired cannon shot are still visible on the rock.[3]

Carleton's Prize:
http://ericfitzgerald.zenfolio.com/p46472081

This tiny island is a part of the reason we are a free. Hope you enjoy the history and the photos. Eric

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Carleton's Champlain Lake Prize VT Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/6/carletons-prize Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:22:17 GMT
Vermont Open 2016 https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/3/vermont-open-2016 Curt GurryCurt Gurry The Vermont Open of Snowboarding at Stratton Mountain, Vermont. The Vermont Open is four days of open format competitive snowboarding hosted at Stratton Mountain, VT. Formats include rail jam, slope style, retro pipe, Snurfer Challenge and Banked Slalom. Since the beginning of snowboarding Stratton has hosted a competitive event for riders each spring. The Vermont Open is a great time for riders and their families. Stratton is an excellent place for an event like this with easy access to the mountain, food and amenities. The Riding levels are also pretty amazing to spectate. I always enjoy going to the event and shooting it and being a part of it.  

All Banked Slalom was shot by Michele Burke (Second Shooter). All freestyle shots were shot by Eric Fitzgerald.

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) ASO Action Banked Cat Champion Cup Eric Fitzgerald Foley Hot Laps Mountain OG Open Optics Photography School Slalom Snowboarding Sport Stratton Up VT VTSP Vermont Washed vowtoshredpow https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/3/vermont-open-2016 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:26:03 GMT
Snow Return https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/snow-return After weeks of desperate snowmaking winter has returned to Mount Mansfield. We have received a foot of snow and the conditions have improved. I took this shot in Pleasant Valley facing the Underhill side of Mount Mansfield. Although the snow is still lacking we are heading in the right direction. 

Madonna Peak, Smugglers' Notch, VTMadonna Peak, Smugglers' Notch, VT
 
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Bird Blue Mansfield Mountain Notch Pleasant Smugglers' Snow Stowe Summit The Underhill Valley Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/snow-return Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:36:08 GMT
Stick Season https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/stick-season During every fall/winter transition in Vermont there is a short stick season. All the colorful leaves fall off the trees and are left bare, grey and cold. Sometime the snow comes early and stick season never happens. Although arguably the greyest time of year you can still find interesting landscapes to shot. This location is on the right side of The Notch of Mount Mansfield.    Hidden Gully - Dark TreesHidden Gully - Dark Trees

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Dark Gully Hidden Mansfield Notch Season Smugglers' Stick Stowe The Trees VT Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/stick-season Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Mansfield Sunset https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/10/mansfieldsunset I grew up near Niquette Bay and visit the new state park often to hike and shoot photos. I found one of the best look outs in the state viewing Mount Mansfield with no obstructions here. After I discovered the spot I researched the light and found that a good sunset would light up Mansfield perfectly. I had tried to get there several times and for one reason or other the light just didn’t do what I thought it would or weather blocked my efforts. The night I shot this was the exception with clear skies, warm temperature and mild winds. The light did something unexpected by dancing through the hills in front of Mansfield until it reached the summit. I have seen the sun set on Mansfield from other locations and although beautiful was nothing in comparison.  

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Fall Foliage Mansfield Stowe Sunset VT Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/10/mansfieldsunset Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:01:12 GMT
Camels Hump Silo https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/10/camels-hump-silo I hiked the Stowe Pinnacle to get this shot. I started before dark and sprinted for the sunset. Once I reached the top and set up the side light on the surrounding mountains was gone. I thorough all was lost except the cardio exercise. I decided to wait it out and the twilight paid me credit by silhouetting Camels Hump.

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Vermont camels hump vt https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/10/camels-hump-silo Sat, 03 Oct 2015 05:17:00 GMT
Hell Brook Sunset https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/8/hell-brook-sunset My day started with sleeping in and then off to sell Michele’s dining room set. I thought my day was over for doing anything.  After three I said to myself you need a hike and a fast one. Hell Brook is the fastest way up to something that takes me to another place. I sprinted to 108 parked, packed and set my timer. If I get up in an hour and a half I will have plenty of time to get out before dark. It was blown out for photos when I started but I always carry my gear just in case the weather shifts. It looked grey and flat until I hit the cliff section and the clouds started to dissipate then the sky opened all the way to Lake Champlain. The clouds lingered to collect the colors of sunset. I waited and said worse case I will be going down in the dark with my small LED. When the sunsets and you’re alone on top of a mountain it’s like seeing a painting unfold in front of you. The physical challenge and danger of hiking down in the dark doesn’t cross your mind. Hell Brook is the steepest mile in Vermont and the fastest way to a summit sunset.

"I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it" 
― Thomas Jefferson

Hell Brook, Mount Mansfield, Vermont, Stowe, Smugglers' Notch, Sunset, VT, Steepest Mile in VermontMount Mansfield, VermontHell Brook the steepest mile in Vermont (Mount Mansfield/Smugglers' Notch/Vermont)
 
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Brook Hell Mansfield Mile Mount Notch Smugglers' Steepest Stowe Sunset VT Vermont in https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/8/hell-brook-sunset Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:32:07 GMT
Frendly Gathering https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/7/frendly-gathering This weekend was an amazing time with The Frendly Gathering at Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Vermont. I have never really understood the allure of being a hippy until I attended one of these events. The whole thing is really cool and it’s so nice to see people just being open to meet each other and being friends no matter who you are. I don’t see myself dressing the part or not showering but I get it and it’s fun to be there working the photo-booth. The other thing I have to say is the best part of my job is making people happy and that is simply by taking their photo. Thanks Burton Snowboards and The Frendly Gathering for hiring me for a second year.

If you're looking for the gallery you can find it here...
Frendly Gathering Photobooth 2015

For photobooth bookings please contact me anytime.
Phone: 802.825.8913
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Festival Frendly Gathering Music Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/7/frendly-gathering Thu, 23 Jul 2015 04:25:00 GMT
Father Falls, Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/6/father-falls-vermont I have been all over the State of Vermont looking for the best and most beautiful places. They seem to never run out and I find new ones all the time. I had just posted my Warren Falls set from the spring and received a message from my friend Farmer Jed. He said “I have a place to show you but you need to keep it quiet because I take my girlfriend skinny dipping there and don’t want a bunch of people showing up while I’m naked. “ At his request I’m not able to disclose the location. This is one of my favorite places on earth.  

To view the full gallery visit this link:
http://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/p842985797

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Corbett Dean Eric Fitzgerald Underhill VT Vermont Watercave Waterfall https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/6/father-falls-vermont Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:49:02 GMT
SNOWWAY https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/2/snowway Winter in Vermont can be hit or miss. This year has been a hit in the books. We have so much snow we can ride places rarely ridden. I have had given so many high fives and groups victory hugs it’s ridiculous. This shot was taken from a ridge to another. I have looked at it for years and we finally have enough snow to get the crew up and in. If you are looking for a good snow vacation Vermont is the place this year!

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Notch Smugglers Snow VTSP Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2015/2/snowway Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:01:35 GMT
Bingham Falls Under Snow https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/12/bingham-falls-under-snow This weekend I visited a few of my favorite waterfalls in Vermont. It was changeling and rewarding. Bingham Falls is the best waterfall I have found in Vermont to shoot. The pool is beautiful and the traverse to the base is simple. Ample rocks to climb on and position yourself and camera. The water is also very clean here lending to better photos. In the winter wear crampons with spikes because the rocks surrounding the area are slippery. Winter fishing waders might be advisable to increase shot possibilities. 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Bingham Falls Stowe VT Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/12/bingham-falls-under-snow Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:23:06 GMT
Photo Published | Trevor Fitzgerald Cut Back https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/10/first-action-photo-published-trevor-fitzgerald-cut-back Check out my surf action shot published on the surf channel! Thanks to Tory Knoepfel! Not to mention the photo is of my little bro Trevor Fitzgerald! Perfect week thus fare! CLICK HERE TO READ

http://www.thesurfchannel.com/news/20141023/photo-gallery-hurricane-gonzalo/

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Channel Eric Fitzgerald Maine Photography Surf Trevor https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/10/first-action-photo-published-trevor-fitzgerald-cut-back Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:06:40 GMT
Camel's Humping Sunrise Sprint https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/9/camels-humping-sunrise-sprint Hiking Camel’s Hump in the early morning is intense. We started at 3:30 am with head lamps and gear. The winds were very strong at the top the gust were up to 66 miles per hour. We made it to the top just in time for sunrise. Still imagining the socked in peaks with cloud all around us but we didn’t get it this time. Hoping to figure it out before too long. 

Camel's Hump, Huntington, VTCamel's Hump, Huntington, VT
 
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Camel's Champlain Duxberry Hiking Hump Huntington Long Sunrise Trail VT Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/9/camels-humping-sunrise-sprint Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:34:50 GMT
Exit Strategy https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/2/exit-strategy Snow sports were introduced to me at the age of two. My mom was my biggest champion and taught me how to rip by the time I was 3 she tells me. She also put a camera in my hands when I was a little kid. I combine them now to photograph the world I want to see each day. I get to the top and then I get down quick and enjoy the way up as much as the way down. Thanks mom for giving me my exit strategy! I would hate to hike down some of this stuff; instead I float as you taught me! (Rider; Dan Stanilonis)

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Mansfield Mount Notch Smugglers' Snowboarding Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/2/exit-strategy Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:27:21 GMT
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Join me on Instagram if you're interested. Personally I love the Instagram's simplicity and focus on photography.  

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2014/1/instagram Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:17:29 GMT
Ray in the Sky https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/12/rays-in-the-sky I wonder this world looking for snow, calm lake glass and photo spots. It’s a life that brings me to so many interesting places and motivates me to show it to all of you. Some days you get there in time and others I miss the shot. One morning I woke to a chilling wind and semi clear skies. I jumped in my truck and headed to the Champlain Islands for sunrise. To a spot my father told me about and he thought the land owner wouldn’t care if I trespassed to shoot a couple photos. When I arrived I was blown away from what was happening. For some reason, I didn’t know at the time a ray of light shot straight into the sky. I took as many photos in the twenty minutes it presented itself. I haven’t seen this since and it’s been a while. Hopefully I will see it again one day. 

Sun Lazer, South Hero, VTSun Lazer, South Hero, VT
 
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Champlain Islands Lake Rays Sunrise https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/12/rays-in-the-sky Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:49:50 GMT
Photo to POETRY "Bull Wheel" by Michele Burke https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/11/bull-wheel-by-michele-burke Look up to the grinding wheel of industry and blue sky carrying us to the summit.  Thin wood skis, to short and light, to the wide tongue of a snowboard.  A child with skis in a "v," a teen races past, a man expertly airborne in a jump, a father hoists his child on the lift, grandparents sashay down on skis with knees tight.  Back to the wheel and pulley and blue sky; to the turn of time, the roll of the northeast.  Ride up with feet swinging and let the mountain surprise you. Some years you will surprise it:  Not the child but the teen, not the teen but the jumping man, the parent strapped to child, the grandparent sashaying down, back to the wheel that takes us up.

By Michele Burke

Photo: Eric Fitzgerald

 
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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Bull Lift Notch Ski Smugglers' Snow Sterling Vermont Wheel https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/11/bull-wheel-by-michele-burke Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:10:51 GMT
Photo to POETRY "Sterling" by Michele Burke https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/11/sterling-by-michele-burke Sterling Pond, Smugglers' Notch, VT

Sterling but it is silver, silver but it is white, scintillating in the sun, on pause, no fish or frogs or laughing waters, the pond is still, quiet but for soft complaints as the snow and ice groan under our feet.  When we stop, the life of my lover's breath, then crisp cold silence pressing against us and up through the blue. 

By Michele Burke 
Photo: Eric FItzgerald


 

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Pond Sterling https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2013/11/sterling-by-michele-burke Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:42:31 GMT
Photo to POETRY "Awake" by Michele Burke https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/awake-by-michele-burke Awake before the day, biting wind with a whisper and roar; In the first fire of morning, fog lifts like steam off the lake, the sun bends mountains, a growing light burns through life's clutter like kindling.

By Michele Burke 
Photo: Eric FItzgerald

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Awake Bar Hero Ice Sand South Sunrise Water https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/awake-by-michele-burke Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:00:00 GMT
Capture My Vermont | Photo Contest https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/7/capture-my-vermont-photo-contest Mt. Mansfield, VT, StoweMt. Mansfield, VT, Stowe

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/7/capture-my-vermont-photo-contest Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:49:11 GMT
Carleton's Prize | Lake Champlain https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/7/carletons-prize-lake-champlain  

Carleton's Prize, Lake Champlain, VT Working on the water is a challenge with no stabilization. Getting a tack sharp photo may never happen. This summer the SeaDoo has given me access to a new world of photography. The machine runs on 4 inches of water and can go most anyplace. The price of gas is reasonable consider the alternative of fueling a boat. The other great thing is it’s easy to put in the water with one person. Where I live there are five free places to launch it without a fee and there are located in the center of Lake Champlain. Over the last few summers I would get frustrated with the limited locations I could shoot of the Lake from land. I would continually say to myself “If I could only get out over there the shot would be perfect”. The SeaDoo has given me that flexibility to get to the spots I wanted and get some great stuff.

The ability to enjoy the lake from being out there is amazing.  Makes you extra tired and cleanses your body inside and out. The water seems to make me more limber and relaxed too. I could just sit out there for hours and enjoy the view and have waiting for the sun to set. The place you can visit can be a piece of history also like the island called “Carleton’s Prize”. Carleton’s Prize was never in a history lesson in High School or in any family story in my life. Not until I started to shoot it and wanting to climb on it did I discover a sign with a history lesson.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carleton's_Prize

Carleton's Prize is a small rock island in the Vermont waters of Lake Champlain, in Crescent Bay off the southwestern tip of South Hero.

Rising 30 feet (9.1 m) from water's edge to a plateau, situated between Stave and Providence Islands, it has been called Carleton's Prize since the American Revolutionary War when Sir Guy Carleton brought it to notoriety in 1776, the morning after the Battle of Valcour Island.[1]

Local lore has it that it was very foggy on the lake as Benedict Arnold escaped from behind Valcour Island with what was left of his small fleet. Not believing the Americans could have slipped by in the dark (which they had), the British searched to the north and east. In the heavy fog they sighted what they thought was a ship and summarily pounded it with their cannons, smoke from the black powder adding to the lack of visibility.[2]

After up to an hour without return fire, either a breeze came up or the fog burned off, and the British realized they had not been firing on a ship. This distraction allowed Arnold to escape down the lake to Addison, Vermont, where he burned his remaining fleet to prevent capture. Local lore goes further to say that local Islanders had hoisted logs on the island to look like masts. Rust marks from fired cannon shot are still visible on the rock.[3]

Carleton's Prize:
http://ericfitzgerald.zenfolio.com/p46472081

This tiny island is a part of the reason we are a free. Hope you enjoy the history and the photos. Eric
 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Carleton's Champlain Lake Prize Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/7/carletons-prize-lake-champlain Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:25:58 GMT
Summer in Vermont https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/6/summer-in-vermont Summer is finally here in Vermont. Temperatures are staying warm consistently and Lake Champlain is warming up. I normally enjoy the winter shooting more than summer shooting. This summer however I’m excited to have access to new places and photographs on Lake Champlain. Over the past few summers I have scoured the shore line and back roads looking for places to shoot the Lake and became disappointed with the various vantage points available by land. Its a shame that so many vantage points are inaccessible due to land ownership. Being fed up with what I could get from the limited spots I could visit I decided to buy water transportation and get my boat license. I have found so many cool new places to shoot and I can get any vantage point I want. I’m excited to continue to shot activities, wildlife and landscapes on Lake Champlain almost as much as winter shoots. Take a look at the new stuff and let me know what you think. Hope you are all well and happy picture taking.

 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Birds Islands Jetski Mountains Summer Trees Vermont Water https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2012/6/summer-in-vermont Wed, 13 Jun 2012 18:46:11 GMT
Swarm of Robins https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/swarm-of-robins In mid-January of 2012 I was hiking with a friend while snowboarding. I always carry my camera and we ended up on a ridge that looks over the Notch of Mount Mansfield. When we reached to top of the ridge the trees to the left were covered with black spots. A second later the spot came to life and stated to fly around. It was a swarm of robins flying around together which I have never seen before. I grabbed a couple photos quickly which are displayed in my galleries. I think the birds are really confused this winter because of the warm weather. Hopefully this isn’t a sign of global warming and bad things to come.

Swarm of Robins


 

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ericfitzvt@gmail.com (Eric Fitzgerald Photography) Robins Swarm of https://www.ericfitzgeraldphotography.com/blog/2016/1/swarm-of-robins Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:00:00 GMT