10-23-2020: Pictures and Articles from Vermont Life Magazine – 1983 through 1987

Hi. With the Fall winding down (especially in Vermont) wanted to share more pictures from the Autumn editions (of the magazine) I originally had in my collection.


Front Page – Looks like Mom has a little “helper”

Taking Aaron to the Top
A story of a Dad taking his dog and son to the top of a mountain, with a route that apparently, was harder to find than expected.

The First Branch of the White River

Some nice views of the area surrounding a river.

Mercy! Look how close some of those houses are to the river!
This has it all – Covered bridge, farm, hills with colorful trees, and a slow-flowing river.

All Aboard the Foliage Train
Scenes of a seasonal tourist train. Probably a very nice ride…

A Different Perspective
A scenic view from “above” the Fall Foliage.

I love the one in the top right – A church building, valley, mountains, and color!

Autumnal Reflections
A nice montage of Fall Foliage pictures.

Top: I love “reflections” pictures. Bottom Left: Getting ready for Halloween
Bottom Left: What a nice scene. No wonder he wanted to paint it…
Bottom: A nice combination – Colorful leaves, green grass, white horse
Praise God for His Creation!

Leave the Leaves Alone
A humorous discussion on all the “to do” about leaves…

I recall walking down a lane, just like this. The floor was covered in colorful leaves.
Back Page: Looks like he caught one


Front Page: how nice…

The Road to Lake <I can’t pronounce it>
One of my favorite articles in this edition is a story of researching and finding the remains of an old (1800s) road. I’ve always been interested in old roads and this one fit the bill…

Now you see why I titled this section “Lake <I can’t pronounce it>”!!
I really like both of these scenes
A nice illustration of the original route(s) from the capital at Montpelier to the Canadian border.
Wow – A “calendar setting!
I imagine it was a pretty ride in the Fall
Finally there – A view of the lake I can’t pronounce!

October Nineteenth
A story of a photographer’s long day of driving, looking for the perfect Fall scenes. I liked the one below the best…

Has a little of everything – morning fog, water, colorful trees

Light in Autumn
A typical but nice selection of Fall color scenes.

I suspect a late-afternoon view, there’s no morning fog…
Bottom Right: Really nice – yellow and white!!
These three are really nice. Bottom: A good, old-fashioned Jack-O-Lantern!

A discussion on the state’s Wilderness Areas. A few nice pictures are included.

I can identify with this one!!

Thistle Hill
A nice story about an elderly couple who ran a hillside campground.

What a setting for a “business meeting”
Back Page – What a view of Camels Hump!
I’ve got to do that some day – how about it Czar??


What a wonderful scene for the Front Page!

There won’t be many pictures from this edition/year as most articles did not have pictures like previous editions.

Private View – Late Fall
This was a nice, short article with black and white picture, discussing the end of the Autumn season.

Saving Vermont’s Farms
I read this once, and recall the discussion on trying to help farmers keep their land and farms going. One of the points was, Vermont’s big industry was tourism, and the farmland with woods, hills, etc. was an important part of that.
Being from Kansas, I argue farms have a far greater importance than tourism…

Top: Note the mountain in the background, progression from snow/frost down to Fall colors.
Bottom: A nicely-framed picture…

Autumn Mists
The annual article showcasing the Fall colors. This one emphasizes the morning fog that occurs each Autumn.

Bottom Left: Note the progression on the leaves from green to red with some frost.
Representation of all phases of the Fall season.
This photo accompanied a recipe that used Sweet Corn.
I liked the way they staged all of the natural “props”.
Back Page: A potpourri of harvested products


History on the Hoof
This article described a multi-day walk by cadets at the military school – Norwich University, to the historic Fort Ticonderoga in New York state. It was a
re-creation of a similar walk made by cadets who attended the school in 1840.

Fall colors were out, but so were the rain clouds.
The cadets overcame many obstacles in completing the march across the western side of Vermont.

Robert Frost
This article described the life of the great poet, and how he came about to write one of the few poems I will read – 1922’s “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”.

Opening Day of Deer Season

Stunning picture!

Autumn – The Sweet Tug of Necessity
An article that shows Autumn’s beauty while mentioning the preparations required for the coming Winter.

I love the contrasts of these colors.
A great lunch spot with a view.
What a beautiful scene…
Very nicely done by the photographer – Paul Boisvert


Front Page: Looks like someone is getting ready for Winter

Long Trail
Since several articles/pictures in this edition were related to the Long Trail, I felt a brief description was in order…
Started in 1910, and completed in 1930, this is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country.
This trail runs 272 miles north and south, from the Massachusetts border in the south, to the Canadian border in the north. It is generally along the spine of the Green Mountains in Vermont. The first 100 miles from the south coincide with the Appalachian Trail (AT). At that point, the AT turns east and goes 150 miles to the New Hampshire border.
For more information, see this web site:

Remembering the Mountains
This was an enjoyable story to read (for me), since it was about a hike a young man (16) took in 1937 on the Long Trail.

The Long Trail Today
An update to the condition and plans for the trail.

As you may have observed in other posts, I like “reflection” pictures.
This one is special as the reflection includes colored leaves, the sky, and trees.

Getting in Gear
Another in the “genre” of stories about the transition and anticipation from Fall to Winter.

I included some of the “text” from this article as it nicely reflects the subject of “anticipation”
Mercy! Another photo that reminds me of something I saw on my October, 1974
driving and walking tour of southern Vermont
“Get along little doggie…”
One can see several natural features of Autumn – Cool, foggy mornings, brilliantly colorful leaves
The initials are for the editor of the magazine – Tom Slayton
During his tenure as editor, he’s often provide a summarized narrative for an article that was mostly pictures
Along a northern section of the Long Trail – white blazes, an old rock wall, and colorful undergrowth.
One of my all-time favorites!

God Bless!!!

10-17-2020: Church Meeting – Bethany Church

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, Bethany Primitive Baptist Church held its annual Fall meeting. My wife Sandra and I are members of Bethany Church, which is located in southeast Forsyth County, Georgia. Our pastor is Elder Silas Ford.

Address: 5101 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024
Photo by Bro. David Lawrence

Each preaching service is preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

The invited minister was Elder Ronald Lawrence, pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Bro. Ronald preached from Isaiah 26 regarding “A Strong City”.
Cities of God are strong and holy vs. a city of “man”.
In Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul urges us to give thanks unto the Lord.

Bro. Ronald is a very able preacher, and a dear brother and friend…

A fellowship lunch followed morning services.

Bro. Ronald preached from Acts 1, Exodus 24 and 34, and other books and chapters on the meaning of the number “40” (which often is associated with “completeness”).

Following afternoon services, many stayed and enjoyed a time of fellowship.
We were thankful for such good preaching by Bro. Ronald, and the chance for the church to spend the day together.

Bethany Church
We meet each Sunday morning starting at 10:30 am (ET).
Please come be with us.
Our services can also be seen via our Facebook Live page:
For more information on Bethany Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:

For more information on Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:

God Bless!!!

10-10-2020: Church Meeting – Rome Midway Church

Wanted to share the blessings we received while attending the Saturday session of the annual Fall meeting at Rome Midway Primitive Baptist Church.
The meeting started Friday night, we attended the Saturday services.

Rome-Midway Church is located 9 miles north of Rome, GA.
The pastor is Elder Joe Hayes.

Each preaching service is preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Elder David Guttery, pastor of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church, spoke first. Bro. David preached from Ecclesiastes 11: 9-10, which gives us a warning that we need the Lord’s help to resist evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:1 reminds us to “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth”, and to keep our eyes on the Lord.

Bro. David is a very able preacher, we’ve enjoyed his messages for many years.

Elder Philip Conley brought us an excellent message on the importance of looking to God for all help, and less on this world. He spoke from 2 Corinthians 4, Romans 5, and 2 Peter. He encouraged us to glory in the Lord in good and bad times, because He is with us always.

We love Bro. Philip, his gift, and his precious family!

Morning services were followed by a fellowship luncheon.

Elder Philip Conley opened services with a message from 1 Corinthians 15: 21, showing us – by man (Adam) came (spiritual) death, by man (Jesus), came resurrection of the dead. The good news of the Gospel is, we are “Alive in Christ”!

Elder David Guttery preached from Matthew 1 on the genealogy of Joseph (the “adopted Dad of Jesus”).

It was a blessed day of preaching and fellowship.

It’s always a great blessing to be in services at Rome Midway Church

God Bless!!!

10-06-2020 – A Beautiful Sunset in the First Heaven

I have often heard preachers refer to the “First Heaven” as the sky/atmosphere of our world. This is the home to the “fowls of the air” (birds), the tops of the Lord’s large trees, components of our weather, and views through to the “Second Heaven” (stars, moon, sun, etc.).

I attend a nearby church – Boiling Springs Primitive Baptist Church, on Tuesday nights. A part of my return home is via a two-lane road that has some farm land on its northern border. I’ve often seen some nice sunsets near the end of this road. The view includes the sunset, a pond, and old outbuilding.

On the way home from bible study Tuesday night (10-06-2020), I was given these views as I passed this familiar area. I find this time peaceful, especially on this road. That, together with the scenery and sunsets I often view, make me again appreciate the beauty and glory of God’s beautiful Creation.

I spent a few minutes looking and capturing the images as the sun going down rapidly changed the appearance of the skyline.

One last look back…

As with my hiking, one never knows when another look into the Glory of God’s Creation will appear around the corner…

Praise God, and may He Bless You!!!!

10-06-2020: Pictures and Articles from Vermont Life Magazine -1981 and 1982

I’ve heard that the Fall colors in New England are peaking earlier than normal this year. Apparently, this area has been in somewhat of a drought.
Here’s a look at the status of Fall Foliage as of 10-05-2020:

Here are highlights from the 1981 and 1982 Autumn editions of Vermont Life magazine.

This edition includes articles about a bike trip, a picture of a very large covered bridge, and a scenic portfolio of Fall pictures.

Front Page

Follow the Yellow Dirt Roads
The story of a group that rode their bikes “way off the beaten tracks” 50 miles, then returned the next day.

Vermont’s Bridges
Normally, a covered bridge was meant for horse and buggy, cars, or pedestrians.
This one was used for a train, and was accordingly large. I’ve not seen one like this…

An Autumn Homecoming
Scenery from back roads during the Fall season.

This one has it all: color, stone wall, and morning mist
I particularly like the top photo.
Note the large amount of stacked wood in the bottom picture. I guess it must get cold there… (smile).
Wonderful scenery!
Bottom: Now, that’s a lot of leaves that man is raking – Mercy!
Top Left: Another “reflection” picture – one of the best.
Top Right: I recall walking along a similar setting in October, 1974.
Note the snow on top of the mountain (Mt. Mansfield) in the background,
while the lower elevations are in Fall “mode”.
Back Page: Note the contrast of colors!
I’ve always felt this was one of the better pictures in my magazine collection…

This edition was always one of my favorites due to its diversity of articles.
Those included: Typical Autumn photo portfolio, a “best of” or “favorites” in the state, and pictures of the seasonal transition to barren trees.

Front Page
While somewhat faded, a nice start to this edition.

But first, I had to put this one in here, at least for one of my subscribers and his wife. (I welcome comments on this scene.)

Now, this is either an accidental submersion, or someone was “nautically” confused!

Autumn is a Sensory Experience
A discussion and photos of the “sight” sense that is affected by the wonderful Fall scenery.

Top: What a picture!!!
Bottom: Digging potatoes – looks too much like work to me (a retiree)!
It almost doesn’t seem real – except, God’s Creation is as real as it gets!
Can you imagine walking along a lane with such color???
The morning mist always enhances the color!

Autumn Guide to Vermont’s Bests and Favorites
I’m not sure how “accurate” this was, but I could see some humor in a few of the categories.
Regardless, here’s what they choose in 1982:

You can tell by the titles, some of this is in jest

I choose a few, just for their photographic or topic qualities.

An early version of “drive through”!
Frosting: As in “snow” on the mountain top.
I imagine that, as my good friend Czar would say, it was probably “Chilly” up there!
The picture of the lower slopes and valley originally showed the color (now faded).

Favorite Place to Tee Off From

You golfers would appreciate the view from this tee beyond the green.
Would be distracting to a duffer like me (although I might accidentally hit the ball straight).

Favorite Pumpkin Patch

Looks like great fun to me!
More on this below…

Story on the picture above…
Note the “face” painted on the pumpkin the boy is looking at.
That inspired me to do the same for our Halloween pumpkins.
Starting in 1982, and at least through our children and grandchildren’s times, I would paint one or more pumpkins with a face on it, most often looking straight ahead. It would go out on the front porch through Halloween.
Here’s an example:

I guess Poppa’s not too bad of an artist
Looks like they are having a fun time!!
By the way, the “place” is Rutland, VT.

Silver in the Hills
“Observations of November’s Subtle Beauty”
Another article showing the landscape after the leaves have fallen and the temperatures have dropped.
“The foliage has flown before the unforgiving October winds, leaving bare branches etching a pewter sky.”

I love the reflections
This one looks “warm”, although the breeze is probably not.

And finally, the back page…

Rutland – the town mentioned in the “Best Place to be a Kid at Halloween”.

Hope you enjoyed this look at the beauty of the Lord’s Creation from the early 1980s…

God Bless!!!

10-02-2020: Vermont Life Autumn Editions 1979 and 1980

Hard to believe it is already October. The cooler weather in northern Georgia is a testimony of the Fall season arriving. No fall colors here yet, but there definitely are in Vermont. And, in keeping with recent posts, here are a couple more highlights of past Autumn editions of Vermont Life magazine (which I used to get).

This edition had a couple of articles with nice Fall foliage scenery.

A nice and colorful Front Page!
As a grandfather, I had to put this one in.
Here’s Edward Baker holding his great grandson Christoforo LasBarbero.
The child would be around 42 years old now.

On the Third of October
A nice story about a photographer from western Massachusetts, who takes a long (370 miles) driving trip around Vermont in search of the perfect Fall foliage pictures. Here are some samples of what he saw that October 3rd.

A covered bridge and bright trees, classic Fall New England photo.
I’ve seen a similar (but shorter) covered bridge in Connecticut near the town of Cornwall Bridge.
How’s this for a picture worthy of being on a calendar!
Very pastoral

Autumn Changes
This article discusses the changes to and from the Fall season.
“The season starts before its predecessor exits. Autumn changes happen while Summer still seems prevalent and strong.”

Nicely composed, letting the tree frame the left side of the picture.
Fall concert on the village green.
Yellows, Reds, and Greens – and a sign directing one to the church parking lot
Someone’s having fun!

Then, there’s the change from Fall to Winter (which happens early in Vermont)…

The leaves are gone, and high winds in the atmosphere indicate something’s coming…
The Fall harvest is complete, wood burning in the fireplace.
Now, just waiting for the first snow.

Country Roads
“Country roads, country ways. As settled as the valley, as certain as a sunrise.”
A nicely written and photographed article about sights along country roads.
In my 1974 trip to Vermont, I tried to make my way through the countryside via the least-traveled roads. My pictures are in slides, but one day – I hope to convert them into digital so I can share with you. So, I found myself empathizing with this story…

Gathering pumpkins for Halloween and on.
Looks like the cat decided to come along.
Getting the cattle across the road in the morning mist.
The sugar maple, with its golden leaves – shout to the glory of God’s Creation!
Another really nice country scene.
I imagine the road can get kind of “mushy” when the snow melts!
It would be a nice ride this time of the year.
Back Page
Nice to see a quote from Psalm 71

This edition has a nice mix of articles about mountains, towns, and Fall scenery.

If nothing else, the Front Page would draw one in to look around.
The mist and bright colors are special.

Autumn Comes to Mt. Mansfield
Mt. Mansfield, at 4,393 ft – is the highest peak in Vermont.
Due to its location and altitude, it receives wintery weather early.
This article provides pictures of Fall and Winter, often mixed together.

The famous Long Trail goes over the high peaks of this mountain.
When weather cooperates, the views are unimpeded and spectacular.
Top: The picture doesn’t look much like Fall to me.
Bottom: The contrast between the higher and lower elevations.
Top: Note the caption: “… after a fresh October snow”!
Bottom: Looking east during a cold sunset

Corn Harvest
Colorful setting for a corn harvest.

A nice look at a colorful harvest time

Owl’s Head
Some nice views from the top of a 1900+ ft. mountain.
Apparently, one can drive to near the top, making it easier for all ages.

The Howrigans of Fairfield
Scenes from a true “family farm”.

It wouldn’t be hard to get distracted with this color!
What a beautiful pastoral scene!

Wallingford, Vermont
This was the northernmost town I saw before heading back south during my October, 1974 visit to the state.

Autumn’s Warmth
A nice article with some really good Fall pictures.

Grazing and plowing, a real farming scene
Bottom Left: Blue sky with a red maple highlighted by the sun

The Suddenness of Snow
The author wonders why it is already snowing:
“It was way too early. It simply didn’t fit.
Something that shouldn’t have been, was falling from the sky…”
Another example of Fall and early Winter blending.
As my grandmother would say: “Oh Mercy!”

I imagine the cows are somewhat confused
I love seeing an old rock wall in this sort of setting.
Snow, Fall Color, and Halloween Pumpkins – a strange mix!

Hope you enjoyed this 1979/1980 look at Autumn.

God Bless!!

Church Meeting – Ebenezer Fellowship

Each year, the churches making up the “Ebenezer Fellowship” hold an annual meeting. This year, it was held at Cool Springs Primitive Baptist Church, located just south of Danville, Georgia.

Cool Springs Church is located just off I-16 around 27 miles east of Macon, GA

Thursday, 09-24-2020
A fellowship supper was held in the lunchroom (located behind the meeting house seen above) prior to the start of preaching.

Each preaching service is preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation “a Capella” (without musical instruments).

Note the camera on the tripod.
All services during the meeting were broadcast on the Cool Springs Facebook page.

Elder Philip Conley, pastor of the host church Cool Springs, was moderator, and opened the meeting with announcements and order of preaching. He did an excellent job in this capacity…

Behind Bro. Philip is Elder Gary Hall, who would offer an opening prayer.

Elder Tony Lester opened the preaching from John 3 on “Born Again”. This passage tells about Nicodemus coming at night to meet with Jesus. The subject of “Born Again” is discussed by Jesus, explaining it refers to being Born of the Spirit. After the crucifixion, Nicodemus is again mentioned as helping with the body of Christ.

Bro. Tony is pastor of Harmony Primitive Baptist Church in Tupelo, Mississippi

Elder Danny Wisner followed with a message from Philippians 4 on “Rejoicing”. This includes giving thanks for all blessings, and praising God.

Bro. Danny is pastor of Tippecanoe Primitive Baptist Church in Bourbon, Indiana

Friday, 09-25-2020
The day started with a song service, prayer, and preaching by Elder Ronnie Loudermilk from Song of Solomon 2. The subject was “Preservation” and how, like Solomon loved his bride, God loves His people in spite of our sinful nature.

Bro. Ronnie is pastor of Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Monroe, North Carolina

Elder Ronald Lawrence preached on “The Wondrous Things of God”. Biblical examples were offered including: Abraham and Sarah, Zacharias and Elizabeth, and Mary the virgin. “With God, all things are possible!”

Bro. Ronald is pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (near Nashville)

Lunch fellowship followed morning services. Afternoon services were preceded with song service, then preaching by Elder Luke Addison on “Who is Jesus”. He is the rock upon which the church is built.

Bro. Luke is pastor of Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Smithdale, Mississippi

Elder Mark Quarles preached next from 1 John 1 on “Being Close to Jesus”. Stay close to God and Jesus, and they will be close to you!

Bro. Mark is pastor of Providence Primitive Baptist Church in Stringer, Mississippi

A fellowship supper was served, followed by singing, then prayer by Elder Chris Crouse from Psalm 78 on “Biblical Leaders”. Characteristics include lead by God’s ways, have a heart of integrity, be willing to sacrifice, be gentle, and show the love of Christ.

Bro Chris is pastor of Little Union Primitive Baptist Church in Lithia, Florida

Elder Danny Wisner followed with a message from 1 Peter on the importance of Charity (love), humility, and putting Jesus first – us last.

Saturday, 09-26-2020
The final day’s services began with singing, followed by prayer, then preaching by Elder Ronald Lawrence on “The King”. In Isaiah 32:2, we learn about all that Jesus is for us. It is comforting to know that The King will be in Zion (the church) and will always be our shield.

The final message of this very blessed meeting was delivered by Elder Mark Quarles from Daniel 9:16 where Daniel prays to God and asks for forgiveness. God answers immediately by sending the angel Gabriel. So thankful that GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS!

Fellowship lunch followed the morning services.
The services were well attended during the 3 days.

Both pictures taken on Saturday morning

It is such a blessing to be in the company of God’s people and His called ministers. We all felt the Spirit of God in the messages as well as the very loving fellowship times.

Cool Springs Church, under the very able leadership of their Pastor Elder Philip Conley, did a wonderful job in hosting this meeting.
They always make us feel welcome and at home…
For more information on this church, see their web site:

Praise God!!!

09-23-2020: Vermont Life Autumn Editions 1977 and 1978

I am following a Christian man on YouTube who is attempting to complete the Appalachian Trail (AT) this year. He had to take a couple of months off due to the “lockdown”, but now is about to enter Maine. I just looked at his latest movie and the fall colors in northeastern New Hampshire are mid-peak. From experience, it is a blessing to walk the AT with the Lord’s Fall colors surrounding me!

This is another of my favorite editions, with lots of variety.

Homecoming at Montpelier High
A nicely-written story about the final week of football for a Montpelier High School. The entire week, leading up to the Saturday game, had lots of extra-curricular activities including:
– Each class constructing their own float
– Pep Rally
– School assembly
– Parade through downtown
– Game on Saturday (While stationed in Connecticut, I remember hearing the schools had the game on Saturday vs. Friday night. Must be the same in Vermont as well)
– Dance/party after the game (which they won by the way, going in as underdogs).
The story reminded me some of my high school years (1966-1970).

East Corinth Trail Ride
Shows an annual horse ride in this picturesque village.
I’ve heard of this little town, tucked into a small valley.
It, along with some others, are noted for their picturesque settings, especially in the Fall. These are often seen in calendars.
I always enjoy this article, one of my favorites!

From the setting of the “village”, you can see why it is so photographed.
I imagine it would be a great place to do a trail ride!
Top: Typical of a cool, Fall morning – mist rising from the warm ground.
Bottom: Breakfast included (where do I sign up!).
How’s this for trail scenery!

In Search of Victory and Granby
I’ve always considered this to be a fun article to read.
Two people go to the northeastern part of Vermont in search of two towns – Victory and Granby. They’re so small, we would refer to them as “communities”.
As they search, they discover they are two communities where the boundaries are somewhat difficult to find. The author describes all of the interesting people they meet.

One can practically see and feel the cool, rainy climate. I actually enjoy hiking in such…

Inns Along the Autumn Trail
Well, this one gets an A- for the subject/heading, a C- (generous) for content.
Actually, it was well written, I was disappointed they didn’t follow through with their original plans.
This was a story about 3-4 couples who met at a Vermont Inn and planned to hike on the Long Trail from one Inn to another. In reality, they only hiked half of the time (short hikes, at least for me), and spent the rest of the time doing their “flexible schedule”!
I’ve heard of this “Hiking from Inn to Inn”. Several Inns in Vermont, located near the Long Trail, created this plan where the Innkeepers would:
– Get the hikers to the trailhead
– Shuttle their car(s) and possessions to the next Inn
– Provide lunch to carry
– The day’s target Inn would pick them up (unless they were actually walking to the Inn)
Always sounded like a “plan for me”. But, this group wimped out…
(I’m being somewhat humorous, it was their trip.)
Regardless, an interesting concept.

The Artistry of Richard W. Brown
The article, written by his wife, provides very nice photos of all phases of the Fall season.
Forgive the quality of the below pictures, I had to scan them from an old magazine, and one actually was partially on two pages. Regardless, wanted you to get a taste for what was presented…

The “two-pager”, a very nice view regardless
Cows grazing, farm house and buildings, sunset highlighting the tree’s colors – very pastoral…

(If you are curious as to why I predicted “sunset” vs. “sunrise” in the above picture, leave me a comment and I’ll share my reasoning.)

This covers most parts of the Fall season.
Top: Mount Mansfield (highest in state) with early snow,
Plowed field to end the harvest and be ready for Spring planting
Bottom: Full Color!

The Autumn, 1977 edition was not archived.

I like this edition for three articles.

Front Page: What a colorful house, tree, and yard.
Looks to me like some sort of “pick up game” in progress

Jeanette of Averill
I always enjoy reading this story of a lady and her husband who run a general store in this far northeastern part of Vermont (since 1957).
It appears to me to be an old-fashioned general store which included the community’s post office, grocery store, gasoline station, etc.
Reminds me of one similar to it that was in my home town (Corning, Kansas, population 170 or so…).
Apparently Averill has 12-14 residents in the Winter, around 500 in the Summer (1970s figures).
I’ve read recently that, since their deaths, the store has changed hands, and now is not in business.

When they say northeast corner of the Northeast Kingdom, they mean it.
Averill (mostly a community) is right on the Vermont/Canada border.
I imagine the Fall colors come early, along with the Winter winds…
At work in the “post office” corner of the store.
Have any of you been to a store like this?

Autumn Photography Contest
For each category, they had a First, Second, and Third Prize, with one or more Honorable Mentions.
I will use my web site’s “Editor’s Discretion” and show you the ones I liked the best, regardless of their winning position as chosen by the magazine.

Category: Scenic Vermont

Top: Another “reflection” picture, another way to see the Fall colors
Bottom: Nice composition with the tree and red barns
This was my choice for First Place, but the editors didn’t agree

Category: Vermonters and Their World
Some “people” pictures…

As a granddad, I couldn’t pass this one up!
I like this one for two reasons:
The guy looks a bit perplexed while driving a wayward cow back home
I drove on roads just like this during my Fall, 1974 trip.
Just a plain, nice picture…

Fleeting Moments on Blustery Days
Another article about the end of Fall, and the approach of Winter.
Clyde Smith, an excellent photographer – also wrote this one.
His pictures brings to mind a cool (Czar would say “Chilly”!) wind, with a cold front right around the corner…

A good, late-afternoon picture. The bare tree representing the end of Fall,
the dark sky an approach of colder weather
The original caption is good enough
I guess the geese have sense enough to head south, wonder if old hikers would???

Here’s an example of a Calendar of Events found in the back of each issue.
Note the number of dinners, bazaars, etc. – typical of Fall activities as I remember them.

I think I’d gain weight if I visited many of the church dinners!
I’ll bet they are good though…

A note about the Back Page:
Camel’s Hump (in the background of the picture) is one of Vermont’s highest peaks. At 4,083 feet, it’s not as high as others in the Appalachians. But it has an above-tree line, alpine zone near the top. The hump is actually all rock, and affords a panoramic view.
Access is typically via the Long Trail, which runs 272 miles from Massachusetts border to the Canadian line.
I hope to summit this mountain one day…

One of the better Back Page pictures…
Camel’s Hump Summit
(Not from the magazine)

God Bless!!!

Fall Pictures 09-22-2020, Weather and Vermont Life Autumn Editions 1975 and 1976

Hi. Have enjoyed these cooler nights – great sleeping weather! And, even better weather for early morning walks. Thankful…
Continuing with my sharing of Fall Foliage pictures and stories –
I purchased the 1974 edition not long after my first visit to Vermont (October, 1974), but did not subscribe until 1976. So, I did not receive the 1975 version.
However, with the archiving of all editions of the magazine, I can now see the one I missed that year.

Front Page

Field Hockey – haven’t thought about that in years…

Homage to the Foliage
Another typical but enjoyable section showing pictures of the Fall colors.

How’s this for a post-card moment! Wonderful composition…
The beauty of the Creation Shouts to the Glory of God!!!
Church and Creation – they go together
They’re beautiful, but someone’s going to have a mess to clean up!
Looks like a nice calendar scene
Color all around!
Speaking of a mess to clean up, I doubt they are taking this very seriously!! (smile)

Bristol Cliffs
This is a wilderness area in the Green Mountains National Forest.
It is located just north and west of the center part of the state.

I saw something like this when I hiked during the October, 1974 trip to central VT.
Guessing this is a beaver pond (?)
Back Page

A pretty nice edition for pictures!
To see the full edition, go to the archive at:

A couple of nice articles, each related to the Fall colors or what follows.

Whiling Away an Autumn Day
Discusses the Fall activities, which include doing things to either get ready for the winter or the last-time activities until after winter.

Quite a nice scene, looks like peak color to me

Mirror of Autumn
This edition’s tribute to pictures of the Fall colors and scenery.

I’ve always considered this one of the best of all Fall color scenes I’ve found in my collection.
It’s made that way by the unique reflection off the windows. Very nice…
A very pastoral look – farm land with livestock, gentle hills, trees with color, and mountains in the background
By the look of the pumpkin, looks like this might be past Halloween. I’m a fan of this due to my enjoyment with Halloween decorations. Someone got creative with this one.
Back page. A very nice scene. I drove through Grafton on my October, 1974 trip.

To see the full edition, go to this archive site:

Let me know what you think of these posts (correct amount of detail, interest level, etc.). I’m enjoying putting this together and sharing my “Fall Tradition” with you.

God Bless!!

Fall Pictures and Thoughts from My Collection of Vermont Life Magazines – 1974

Hi. Hoping you had a blessed Lord’s Day yesterday.
As I write this (09-21-2020), I have reconsidered how I will share my Fall “tradition” with you.
As mentioned last week, each year at this time, I pull out my incomplete collection of Vermont Life magazine, Autumn editions, to look at the pictures and read my favorite articles. It helps me “celebrate” the cooler temperatures and the beauty of the changing leaf colors.
The collection spans 1974 to 2001, although am missing some years due to non-subscription or editions lost. But, with the archiving of all past editions (the magazine quit publication in 2018), I can still share those I once had but are now lost. So, starting with this post, I plan to share one or more editions with you with the format mainly being pictures from that edition with captions. So, here goes…

This was my first edition from my first subscription.
I still find this one one of my favorites due to the higher percentage of good articles and pictures (as compared to other editions).

Front Page

Newark, Vermont, with the white steeple over the church. To the right, a red, one-room school house.

One-Room School House
The building housed grades 1-8, with 4 in each “half” of the one room.
There were 33 students and 2 teachers.
At that time, it was one of only 8 remaining in the state.

The older kids having a pickup game of football in a field near the building.

Seasons of Autumn
Each issue contained a section of Fall pictures, generally with only a few comments and captions.

Mercy! The red colors with the blue sky background. Not bad for such an old image…
The mountain in the background is the state’s highest – Mt. Mansfield (4,393). It already has snow while the valley below is at peak with Fall colors. Almost time for the transition of seasons…
This sugar maple is ablaze with its Fall color. A nice contrast with the stone fence and partial wood pile.
Both red and sugar maples reflecting off a small stream.

Zack’s on the Rocks
A nice story about a chef who builds a house and small restaurant in an out-of-the-way town (Montgomery Center) near the Canadian border. The dining room has 8 tables, and Zack (owner, chef, etc.) only cooks the meal to order when you arrive. It normally took 45 minutes to be seated and eat. I’ve read that it was a favorite eating place for many decades until Zack’s passing in 2011.

The mountain in the background is one of Vermont’s highest – Jay Peak (3,862). Part of the building was supposedly constructed on a large rock!

Days of Grace
Written and photographed by John Vachon (Dad of the editor of the magazine), this is perhaps my favorite article in all of my collection. It is written in almost a poetic fashion, and describes the time between the last of the Fall colors and the first snow (typically in early November).
“There is a soft and subtle pastel of tan and ochre, grey and lavender, with fine white lines drawn by birch trees in the hills. Town halls and churches blend unobtrusively into this quiet scene.”
“The fields and the woods and the banks of the Winooski (river) are bare, and
naked rocks protrude from the hills.”
“A presentiment of winter is in the air, everywhere, but it is not sad, or even
foreboding. It gets dark earlier now, and the lights in town go on at four o’clock.”
“Vermonters are scanning the skies beyond the birch and the beech in the hills, past the spruce and the fir on the upper slopes. They’re not apprehensive,
but they are ready. There is snow in the air today, and it won’t be long now.
It could come any time.”

One can almost hear and feel the cool wind blowing through the leafless trees and remaining low vegetation…

“The afternoons begin to shrink these days, there seems less time for important things.”

Back Page

November’s “starkness” is evident as Fall departs and Winter prepares to arrive.

I’ve always felt very close to the Lord’s Creation. The magnificent color of the Fall Foliage, the background of blue and clear skies – all shout to the glory of God’s glory and power.

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

God Bless!!!