Vermont: The great outdoors

p8122429beaverpondftf.jpgHere are some pictures from the two weeks we spent in Vermont in early August.

First, a beaver pond not far from where we were staying. The three of us went there on bicycles (Sylvia was in a pull-behind trailer) and found a little side trail leading to this spot. Here we had a great view not only of the entire pond, but also of the beaver lodge and the dam itself (on the left side of this photo)!

p8102395mossftf.jpgIs it just me, or do northeastern forests have a fundamentally different smell from forests in other parts of the country? There’s a cinnamon-y aroma surrounded by a pleasant mustiness. Interestingly, I’ve encountered the same smell in the Pacific Northwest, but not anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic or the Midwest. Hmmm.

And the jewel tones in the green moss…that’s mostly a northern thing, too.

p8082204thiscloud0808.jpgAnd finally, here’s a photo of the pond next to our cottage. It’s really hard to capture the sense of a place like this in a photo. I took gobs of pictures, but—like attempts to photograph sunsets—the results don’t look quite like the real thing. It’s enough to jog my memory, though…and enough to keep me going until next year’s trip.

4 Responses to “Vermont: The great outdoors”

  1. ariannaon 01 Oct 2008 at 9:28 am

    Such pretty photographs. And, I think you’re right about that special breed of Northeastern forest. It’s unlike anywhere else.

  2. Katie Jon 01 Oct 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Sigh…I did love that place. Someday maybe we’ll return.

  3. Kellion 01 Oct 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Wow. I’ve always wanted to see Vermont. You are cementing that desire.

  4. Chrison 01 Oct 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous!! Hmm – I wonder if it has to do with rainfall? Or species composition (the smell)?