Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #64: Countryside and/or Small Towns


Several countrysides come to mind for this challenge…

In the fields next to what used to be a New Hampshire family farm – and is now a farming cooperative – was the sight of a recent sunflower festival…

I was driving past it a few weeks ago and just had to stop. It was a few days before the festival and nobody was there but me. A perfect photo opportunity! I had never seen so many sunflowers in one place at one time.

Such an amazing view.

New Hampshire farm field


In early September, during a visit to the small town of Shelburne, Vermont – the countryside was on display next to the grounds of the Shelburne Museum.

vermont countryside
Shelburne, Vermont


I also visited Vermont in mid June.  Where a bit farther down the road, a community garden was just beginning to showcase what was to come.

community garden vermont



Nancy Merrill is hosting a photo challenge. The prompt this week: View



Look at this view!

My dear friend of almost 40 years pointed across the lake from her new summer home on Lake Champlain in Vermont. One sunny July day in 2010.

Look at it!

She and her husband had recently moved in…when I first visited this magnificent spot. The dining room, situated at the back of the house, faced the lake. Seats at the table…arranged for maximum view potential.

My husband and I recently returned from a wonderful 3 day visit. Enjoying their company. The conversation. The shared meals. Walks along the lake. A trip to a museum. A few games of cards.

And especially…that view!

view afternoon
The View
6:30 pm


view inside
The View
7:30 pm


view sunset
The View
8:30 pm


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Two

Cee’s challenge topic this week: 2 Items or the Number Two


two chairs

On a recent trip to visit with two dear friends, I spent the better part of a bright sunny day at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

I highly recommend it.

The museum is actually a collection of close to 40 buildings. Filled with unique exhibits of America’s past. Plus the permanent home on land for the Ticonderoga – a 220-foot sidewheel steamboat.

Many photos were taken! I could have easily returned for another full day and still have more left to see.

Twenty-two gardens are planted on the 45 acre site. These antique chairs were shaded from the sun under one of the many trees…an open invitation to sit for a moment. And rest.