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‘Photographers Know They Are Not Invisible’

Here’s a tidy little example of how the presence of a photographer or journalist will always affect the situations being photographed or reported. Photographers, and in particular photojournalists, are constantly trying to transform the motion, emotion, color, shape and information around us into a tight little visual package that viewers will see and relate to. The goal is simple: to honestly and accurately present what we see, in a way that will connect to the viewer. Don’t change the scene. Don’t direct the subjects. That’s

Why Did the Toad Cross the Road?

An American toad crosses Plaza Heights Road in West Lebanon on Saturday. Wet roads from the day’s rain allowed for amphibians to travel. See the upcoming Sunday Valley News for more about the crossings. Or follow this link to hear their music. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 4:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

From the Archive: Lillian Gish

From the archive: Silent film star Lillian Gish talks to a television reporter near the Wilder Dam in April 1979 — Gish received the first Dartmouth Film Award for her contributions to motion pictures. She starred in the 1920 movie Way Down East, directed by D.W. Griffith. The movie’s climax, on ice floes on the White River, was filmed in Hartford Village. Valley News — Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 3 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Waiting on the River

John Stevens, of East Burke, Vt., sits on a big rock while the Wells River crashes by. Stevens had friends racing in a kayak race in Wells River on April 19. Stevens was waiting because the start of the race had been delayed. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

The Tax Man

Dressed as the Statue of Liberty, David Spaulding waves to cars in West Lebanon on tax day. Spaulding has been working Liberty Tax for about two weeks — on the rainy day taxes are due, he said his shoes were soaked. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Black is the New Black in Burlington

While walking home with Hartland, Vt., native Miro Weinberger after a day on the job as the mayor of Burlington, the evening light caught the attitude of a distinct couple in a storefront. The comparatively busy street life of Vermont’s largest city presented this passing snapshot opportunity. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

From the Archive: Governor Lane Dwinell

From the archive: New Hampshire governor Lane Dwinell in a May 1974 photograph. Valley News — Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Photo: Computerized Testing

Marion Cross School third-grader Stella Galanes sits on a bench in class while taking a computerized test at the school in Norwich, Vt., on April 24, 2014. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Photos: What Do You Do When There's a Horse on the Dartmouth Green? (Hint: Selfie)

It wasn't easy to tell what was happening on the Dartmouth Green around 1:30 this afternoon. Joining the usual crowd of students playing Frisbee, studying or socializing were two horses happily grazing on the first shoots of spring grass. The horses — Puff, a Hanoverian, and Dena, a Dutch Warmblood — acted as though they always come to the green on Fridays. But they created quite a stir among the students, who thronged around them and did what comes naturally these days — they grabbed

Photo: Fire Aftermath in Bradford, Vt.

As the 100-year-old barn owned by Mickey Appleton smolders nearby in Bradford in mid-April, Ashlyn Welch, 6, of Corinth, swings during a visit to her grandfather Harold Gravelin’s home. Gravelin was the first to notice smoke rising from the barn and moved the herd of Belted Galloways to safety as the barn was consumed by fire. ∎ Posted to the Upper Valley Dispatch blog Friday at 5:20 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.