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It’s a soft night in early May.
Outside Riverside Middle School in Springfield, Vermont, clouds are blotting the full moon’s light; the air smells pungent, a mix of river water and new grass; the football field is still tender, spongy underfoot.
Inside, the daughters and sons of Springfield are almost ready: In the girls’ locker room 20 young women are adjusting their straps, slicking on lip gloss, and tucking loose tendrils of hair; in the boys’ locker room, their escorts are hitching up socks, smoothing their jackets, and balancing the wings of their ties.
New Hampshire Seacoast | A Short Coast with a Long ...
Don Ross’s photographs are
made at daybreak, between five and eight o’clock, depending on the season. Last May, during an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Ross got up at 3:30 each morning to drive an hour to Barre. With his camera, three lenses, a tripod, and a cable release crammed into a pack, Ross clambered up the
scruffy trail leading to the quarry and scouted places to station his camera. Standing in the dimness, he studied the sheer walls of the streaked granite reflected in the total stillness of the pool beneath.
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In the predawn hours of Monday, January 16, 2012, Ed Forrest, an off-duty battalion chief for the Seminole County Fire Department, woke to a voice on his two-way radio. A request was out for Tanker 24 to respond to a fire in nearby Longwood. Forrest recalls
lurching from his bed, confused: Longwood is a small city on the outskirts of Orlando; six thousand-
gallon water trucks like Tanker 24 are reserved for backcountry wildfires and infernos. Forrest called the dispatcher, who explained that the oldest tree in the state — a thirty-five-hundred-year-old bald cypress named The Senator — had burst into flames.
Usually the Paddlers Gathering's educational opportunities skew toward outdoorsy skills and slide shows of remote river trips. This year also brought a notable literary session (admittedly, the one that attracted this writer). The New Yorker's McGrath talked about his riveting December 2015 feature "The Wayfarer: A solitary canoeist meets his fate."
The Farmer's Life: Hard Pressed - Yankee Magazine