Burlington

Spring is (Almost) Here!

My image of apple blossoms at Shelburne Orchards is featured on the Spring 2015 cover of Best of Burlington Magazine. bob_sportstyle_blog_01

I also photographed the South Burlington clothing store SportStyle for a feature article. The store is bright and colorful and a fun place to shop. I asked my friend and model Helen McCabe to help show off the SportStyle look. Pick up a copy of the magazine to see more!

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Aristelle - Best of Burlington Summer 2014

I had the opportunity to shoot a story for Best of Burlington Magazine about Aristelle - a lovely lingerie store on Church St.  Take a look and check out this sweet boutique! I really enjoyed crafting a black & white image that evokes the timeless beauty of the feminine form.

I also have a portrait of the owner, Andrea, on my website in the portraits section.

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Edible Green Mountains - Winter 2014

I created photographs for two articles in the Winter issue of Edible Green Mountains. The interesting and adventurous Urban Moonshine company in Burlington, maker of organic bitters & tonics, as well the equally compelling Dunc's Mill Rum in Barton, Vermont.

I really enjoyed meeting the masterminds behind both of these Vermont entrepreneurial endeavors, Jovial King and Duncan Holaday.

I love the flavors of the Maple and Joy Tonic bitters, (and their use as a digestif or in a cocktail) and Dunc's delicious Maple Rum.

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Burlington's Intervale Farms

I photographed at the Intervale Community Farm in Burlington last week when it was 96 degrees.  They were picking  green salad bowl lettuce, a baby lettuce variety, and weeding squash. Despite the high heat and humidity, the farmers, interns and volunteers were working determinedly and with good spirit!

 

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Kim Ward and crew pick baby lettuce: Glenna and Rod Copeland, Katie Richards and Warren Lee

Farm Manager Andy Jones

Katie Horner, an intern with the UVM Farmer Training program, and Alex Dugas, volunteer

Erik Rehman weeding squash

Emily Irwin, and Erik Rehman both work for ICF

Graham Waugh, a native of New Brunswick,Canada, and part of the UVM Farmer Training program

Assistant Farm Manager Becky Maden plowing the fields

Yael Rhodes and Chris Hessey making bouquets at the nearby Stray Cat Flower Farm

Below: The field's bounty today, during the CSA pick-up: tomatoes, zucchini and baby lettuces

Member Robyn Schenck picking her own flowers

Weighing a lettuce share

Nina DeLeone Mazuzan is really happy about the new tomatoes!

 

 

 

Ecco Clothing for Best of Burlington

My photographs are featured in the spring issue of Best of Burlington magazine in a story on the Ecco Clothing store.  Ecco is celebrating 20 years in business in downtown Burlington!  The store is wonderfully full of color and light and hip fashion. I had fun photographing  owner Lara Heath Allen, manager Marissa Stokes, and sales associate Shelby Gillespie modeling their store's spring designs.  Check out the full story here.

 

Rick Norcross at the Rambler Ranch

 

I had a wonderful time touring several historic Burlington, Vermont homes last weekend as part of the Preservation Burlington annual historic homes tour.  I was happily surprised to discover Rick Norcross' home/museum full of wonderful memorabilia and musical treasures including his amazing black and white rock and roll photos from the 70's when he was journalist and photographer for the Tampa Tribune.  I bought his CD called "I Rode the Ti" all about the steamship Ticonderoga now permanently installed at the Shelburne Museum.  I'd definitely recommend checking out his band Rick & the Ramblers!

Mark Bittman Visits the Intervale

Recently Mark Bittman was here in Vermont at the Burlington Intervale to discuss the Farm to Plate movement and the Intervale Food Hub.  I caught him as he donned an Intervale Center cap – he’s a natural!

For those who may not be familiar with Mr. Bittman's work, he is a food columnist for the New York Times and has written several books on cooking and connections between food, health and the environment.

Here are several links to news stories covering his visit:

NY Times - Making Local Food Real

The Intervale Explorer - Giving Thanks for Local Food

Seven Days - Mark Bittman and Bernie Sanders Visit Burlington Intervale

Burlington Free Press - Bittman takes seat at Intervale round table

 

Spring at the Intervale Community Farm

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Burlington's Intervale is full of wonderful community farms.  I visited my friend and manager of the Intervale Community Farm, Andy Jones, to check on the season's growth so far.  I found Andy patching up one of the farm trucks with a riveter and we chatted about the warm weather and early season.  Then I photographed Becky Maden in one of the hoophouses where the seedlings are off to a great start.  Becky demonstrated how they are grafting seedling tomatoes onto roots with heartier stock - a very delicate operation.  They hope this will help avert a recurrence of the late blight which hit last summer and decimated the tomato harvest throughout Vermont.

Below is an infrared shot of a Stray Cat Flower Farm hoophouse awaiting the start of the season.