Valley Visual

The Greater Reward (4 Photos)

Autumn foliage is not usually a subject that makes me go out of my way to photograph. This year, however, the fall colors have been undeniably beautiful. Once the leaves began to turn, I started thinking about photographing the thin white line of the Rock of Ages granite quarry in Bethel that can be seen from an opposite hill. I hoped to rise early and catch the morning sun hitting the rock and foliage through the valley fog, but a period of wet, overcast weather

Details at the Fair (12 Photos)

This morning, I was given an assignment for this blog post — details at the Tunbridge World’s Fair. It was a creative challenge to take a fresh look at the traditional, looking closely at the people, places and things at Vermont’s last fair of the season. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 6:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VnewsUV.

From the Archive: Leahy 40 Years Ago

Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy is interviewed on television during a visit to the Upper Valley in December 1974, a month after he was first elected to the U.S. Senate at age 34. Leahy ranks first in seniority in the Senate. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Safe Landing

In an outtake from a recent shoot at Northern Lights Gymnastics in Wilder, Annalee Wilson, 18, of Lyme, struggles out of a pit of foam cubes after slipping off the bar while practicing last month. Valley News — James M. Patterson ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Monday at 3:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

All-Stars at the Shrine Game (3 Photos)

There aren’t too many events in the Upper Valley that bring as many people statewide from both Vermont and New Hampshire as the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game does. All-star high school football players from Vermont and New Hampshire butt heads as their fans cheer on their respective sides. It’s interesting to watch both states collide in a football game, but what I liked to see when I photographed this year’s game was the collaboration. Two other teams are present at the Shrine Bowl

From the Archive: Shrine Parade in Hanover

Shriners ride their motorcycles down Main Street in Hanover for the 1971 parade. The parade precedes the annual all-star football game between New Hampshire and Vermont's best high school players. This year's game will take place Saturday in Hanover. Valley News - Larry McDonald ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Friday at 2:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Considering the Subject in a Different Way (7 Photos)

I was recently given a Crown Graphic camera by my father-in-law, who worked as a photographer for the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal in the 1960s. The camera is large and unwieldy by today’s standards and uses 4-by-5-inch negative sheets. To make one photograph is a process with numerous steps, and if just one is skipped or executed in the wrong order it could mean a missed moment, or worse, a ruined negative. The process forces a photographer to slow down and consider the

Keeping the Mascoma Watershed Clean and Healthy (4 Photos)

Bud and Terri Lynch and David Kelman, who are members of the Mascoma Lake Association, are part of a volunteer effort to monitor and combat the invasive plant Eurasian milfoil from growing in the lake. Eurasian milfoil can exclude native species in the shallow water where it lives, and lakes with introduced milfoil experience decreased property values. Mascoma Lake is part of a 195-square-mile watershed that feeds into the Connecticut River. In the upcoming SUNDAY VALLEY NEWS, read more about the Mascoma Watershed and the

Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault

An attendee of the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault walks back to Spaulding Auditorium during a break from the morning session at Dartmouth College in Hanover on Monday. The three-day summit addressed multiple perspectives about sexual assault on campuses. Valley News — Sarah Priestap ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Dusty Summer Nights

There are a few things to know before going to watch a dirt-track race, and I learned two of them around the age of 6, when I was deemed old enough to attend my first race: Always wear a hat, and never wear white. My two sisters and I would don some of my dad’s old baseball hats and pile in the car, where we’d drive six miles to Eriez Speedway, a 3/8ths-mile dirt track in western Pennsylvania where junkyard-bound cars raced almost till midnight.