Valley Visual

Waiting for the Verdict (4 Photos)

The jury in the trial of James Robarge — the Charlestown man charged with killing his wife in 2013 — weighed the evidence for about 12 hours over three days before reaching a guilty verdict of second-degree murder last week. Time passed slowly in the courtroom, which was sparsely populated by journalists and court officers, as the jury deliberated. Robarge waited in a holding cell elsewhere in the Sullivan Superior Courthouse in Newport. The following are a few scenes from the court during that time.

Photo Blog: Fighting the Bethel Fire

When Bethel firefighters arrived at the home of Arlene St. Pierre at about 8 a.m. last Friday, the house, garage, and barn were being consumed by flame as temperatures remained below zero. By noon, the birds that frequented St. Pierre’s feeders had resumed their feeding. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 4:40 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Winter’s Absence of Color (2 Photos)

Believe it or not, both of these photos are not black and white. The late winter afternoons left the landscapes devoid of color, allowing graphic images to be made. While winter may not be my favorite time as a photographer due to cold hands, dead camera batteries, and tough driving, there’s many opportunities unique to the season for photographs to be made. ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Self-taught Teamster

Brooke Moses, of Tunbridge, reaches up to pet her ox, Sylvester, after feeding him at Seize the Day Farm in Tunbridge. Moses keeps two yoke of oxen at the farm, where she also works. Moses said she trained the teams herself and mostly taught herself how to do it. Valley News — Sarah Priestap ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Amateur Photo Contest Now Accepting Entries

The Valley News Amateur Photography Contest, which has been been running for more than 20 years, is accepting entries until Feb. 27, 2015. A panel of Valley News judges will then look at all of the entries for the contest, narrowing the field to 24 finalists. The finalists will be displayed at the Valley News booth at the 37th Annual HomeLife Expo at Leverone Field House in Hanover from March 20-22, 2015. Visitors to the Expo will cast ballots for their favorite photo and the

Walking the Walk

When I finished my first photo essay for the Valley News last week, I thought I had explored most winter activities … at least through the lens of my camera. Therefore, I thought I was fully prepared to photograph a snowshoe tour through Blow-Me-Down Farm in Cornish on Sunday. “I’m practically a native, now,” I kept thinking to myself. I soon learned that doing a winter activity is very different than simply seeing it through the viewfinder of a camera. My borrowed snowshoes were too

From the Archive: Snowstorm in White River Junction

Traffic wends its way down Main Street in a snowstorm in White River Junction, Vt., circa. 1968. Valley News photograph ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Perplexed While Parking

Last month I parked in Hanover on my way to a Christmas Eve assignment. On my way into the lot there was a woman standing at the ticket machine looking perplexed. Feeling lucky I had found a spot among the last-minute shoppers and determined not to let the machine slow me down, I checked my pockets and found I was prepared with change and a few bills. But as I stepped up to the screen to pay, I found that they were the incorrect denominations.

Morning Light on Fresh Snow (4 Photos)

Scenes after an overnight snowfall in the White River valley in Royalton, Vt., on Jan. 19, 2015. ∎  Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 3:15 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Spending the Day at the Statehouse (4 Photos)

Spending an entire day on one assignment is a privilege that I cherish not only because it gives me time to explore every visual aspect of a story but also because I know I’ll have plenty of photos to choose from at the end of the day. After spending Thursday at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier for the governor’s election and Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address, I was a little shocked to discover that I had taken more than 1,500 photos. While many photos were