One Very Cold January Day

Sunset Over the Adirondack Mountains
Sunset Over the Adirondack Mountains

January 20 was a cold windy day in an upstate winter. I was on my way for a visit and photo shoot in Burlington Vermont. It was a day long journey that included travel by train, taxi, ferry, automobile.  The Vietnamese Roman Catholic community in Burlington would soon celebrated Tet, the lunar New Year with a Mass and a party. I was, on my way to visit with friends in that community and to photograph both Mass and Tet Party for them.

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The journey starts with a long train trip from City Rochester to much smaller Plattsburgh – both in upstate New York, US. A train switch in Schenectady sees me on the Amtrak “Adirondack”. Older cars on older tracks made for a slow and rocky ride. That said, we arrive at historic Plattsburgh Station spot on. A taxi is located – this took some doing, with the ride shared with a State University of New York student returning to campus (however, no reduction in fee). The Ferry Depot sat a couple of miles outside of town.

Once on the Ferry it is but a short ride across the still open waters from the shore to Grande Island – the Vermont terminus. A relatively short but necessary walk uphill in bitter cold and stiff breeze seems very long indeed. Thankfully my friend/ host provided a car and driver to meet me – his car and he drove.

The car ride went from Grande Island to Burlington. The trip: an immediate drive over a causeway to the mainland and then a drop down to my friend’s place in Essex Junction and my destination for the day.

The hot air blasts from the car’s heater and I thaw as we traveled the Causeway.

Then it happened.

I glanced back and before my eyes, far left to far right,  stretched the most lovely sunset. The sun, as commanded by earth’s movement, dips below the Adirondack Mountains and shadows them. A rainbow of fiery colors beams across sky and reflects off the frozen waters of Lake Champlain. I’m speechless as the beauty engulfed me.

Well almost speechless. “Stop,” I manage to yell.

My friend does stop but in an proper way. I snapped off several as I shudder in the biting and very cold winds crossing the frozen Lake.

Back in the car I smile and bask in the glow of this perfect ending to a long strenuous day of travel.

Perhaps there is even a moral to this story. Be aware of where you are both ahead and behind. Sometimes, it pays dividends.
Adventure George
an old man reporting on another adventure

 ++ Across The Lake – a short series of images of sunset over the Adirondack Mountains – shot across frozen Lake Champlain. Whiteface Mountain at 4867 feet, an Adirondack High Peak, is highest seen in this picture. This is a series that almost didn’t happen. You can see a few images CLICK HERE ++

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Snow On Boardman Street

03 56 Boardman , originally uploaded by Adventure George.

They warned us days ahead.

At first it was a major storm with snow measured in feet. Then the amount of snow was reduced to was more manageable amounts. Friday, today, after a night of snow, they said the snow would change to drizzle and the temperatures rise above freezing.

Today dawned with new snow near a foot. Then to the surprise of those weather predictors, the snow continued throughout the day and the temperatures remained below freezing.

This morning I was out taking pictures and generally enjoying myself. Walking out the door became a mini adventure. The snow on the ground, the snow in the air quieted the noises of the City. Nothing was in sharp focus. The falling snow saw to that. Walking was at best difficult on the sidewalks. The street had one plow pass something late in the night.

Some were powering up their snow blowers and making a start clearing driveways. I wasn’t out long before the City’s sidewalk plows came through pushing the snow with their V blades.

I waved. The driver nodded and he was past. It didn’t seem that long before he was plowing the walk on the other side of the street.

For my part, I was snapping pictures documenting the morning.

Then it was back inside, sitting at the computer working on the images of the morning and some from my recent time in Yosemite.

I worked till four when the snow stopped and mysteriously the sky cleared long enough for the sun to shine and the waning but almost full moon visible.

Yes, today’s weather presented a mini adventure and much enjoyment.