I woke up and said goodbye to my amazing hosts, their amazing house, and amazing record collection. I then hit the road to Putney,Vermont.
I arrived in Putney to photograph Margaret, my friend Henry's mom. One of the great things about this project is realizing how connected we all are - I love meeting my friends parents and families and in turn being part of a larger community. I have had dinner with Margaret many times in Maine but this is my first trip to her home in Vermont. She showed me around her beautiful land with gardens, fig trees!, and chickens and like any good mother, fed me a ridiculous amount of food. Would you like some fresh blueberries? Sure. How about some mango ice cream I just made? Ok. You should really try this garlic scape pesto I made last night, would like some? Sure. How about some chicken salad? Ok. As I was finishing the last of my buffet, the fedex man arrived and delivered a giant card board box. Her birthday was the next day, so she thought it was perhaps a present. She was hesitant to open it, but I egged her on. It was a guitar from her four children. The story goes she used to sing and play for them a bunch when they were little but had a wrist injury so was unable to continue. So when a new guitar arrived (the kids had taken the ones in the house when they left for school) she was absolutely blown away.
Then I hit the road with the iphone on ipod shuffle for a two hourish drive and headed to West Cornwall outside of Middlebury through the spectacular rolling hills, farm lands, rivers, lakes and small towns. I love driving in Vermont -- the different kinds of roads, from the two lane highway to the dirt road. I am also starting to master out the car window photography.
I woke up to the smell of bacon - I'm pretty sure life doesn't get much better than that. Deb made a wonderful breakfast, although we all struggled to eat because it was getting to be record hot again. Afterwards, I shot their portrait.
Then headed across the field for a studio visit with Deb and tour of Wingate Studio with Peter. Peter's parents live in the house across the way, and Wingate is in the attached barns. Deb has created an outdoor workspace for some giant and stunning pieces she is working on.
Then off to Brattleboro to photograph Tom. I met him when I was renovating my house and he worked at Habitat for Humanity's restore where I was a regular. He made me a fresh blueberry coconut smoothie and then we headed out to cool down in this beautiful waterfall on the river. It was really fun to catch up and also to stay cool ...
Then back to Wingate to have some lunch relax in the air conditioned studio and fetch Deb and Peter for a early evening swim and hike and then another amazing dinner and a somewhat early sleep.