Welcome rain fell yesterday afternoon. We certainly needed it! After the showers cleared, the sky to the west lit up with fine sunset colors, and the crescent moon hung quietly in the sky above the post rain mists. I took this shot from the volleyball court.
The Farr family planted wheat in part of their bottomland fields on the south side of Richmond. Usually, that field’s planted fully in corn (there is some growing down along the Winooski River), but I welcome the change in texture and color. We don’t see much wheat planted in these parts…
Bald eagles have made a dramatic recovery in Vermont over the past two decades. Here’s a discussion from the Audubon Vermont website:
“…15 Standard Survey Routes (SSR) were covered for the 2015 winter survey. A record fifty-one Bald Eagles (30 adult 20 immature, and 1 unknown age) were observed by designated observers on Vermont’s SSRs in 2015. This number is well above the record of 30 eagles reported in 2010. Bald Eagles were located on of the 14 SSRs surveyed including three routes along Lake Champlain, two along the Connecticut River, on the upper Winooski River, and on Lake Bomoseen. 2015 was the first year that an eagle was seen on the upper Winooski River route. The area between the Champlain Bridge and Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain supported the largest concentration of Bald Eagles (16 adults, 11 immatures) in the state. The overall numbers are well above totals of full surveys in recent years.”
This scene greeted us on our arrival as we stepped out onto the back deck of our chalet in Chamonix for the first time. The Dôme de Goûter and Aiguille de Bionassay were shrouded in cloud and lit up with sunset alpenglow.