Nashville: East Hill in the Snow

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While we don’t get much snow here in Nashville, last year in early January, we got 7-8 inches in one beautiful morning. Then the sun came out, and I walked around my neighborhood, East Hill, enjoying the crisp air and bright, fluffy snow while it lasted.

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[35mm taken with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here for more photos of Tennessee.]

Cos Cob, Connecticut

Cos Cob, CT

Fall 2015 New England Road Trip: After a day in Philadelphia, we spent the night in Edison, NJ before driving straight through New York City. We exited the interstate in New Rochelle (adorable fyi) where we got on historic Rt. 1, which we followed all the way up the coast to Maine over the next five or six days.

Bush-Holley Historic House

These pictures are from the town of Cos Cob, Connecticut. We were driving through, and decided on a whim to see what was around (via the TripAdvisor app). We happened upon the fantastic Bush-Holley House Museum. Originally built ca. 1730, it was home of the first art colony in Connecticut, where American Impressionists including John Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), J. Alden Weir (1852-1919), Theodore Robinson (1852-1896), Childe Hassam (1859-1935) and Elmer MacRae (1875-1953) gathered to paint and share ideas. We didn’t want to wait around for the scheduled tour starting in an hour, so the awesome young docent gave us a private tour. Half the house is interpreted to the first owners; I learned so much about slavery in the North that I didn’t know before (always refreshing when this is candidly addressed). The other half is interpreted to the time of the above-mentioned impressionists, with some tidbits on a scandalous muse-artist affair and lots of actual artwork to spice things up. We took a little stroll around the surround blocks to see the beautiful cottages and cute yard.

 

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[35mm shot with my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. Click here to see all the posts from this New England road trip.]

ÍS: Geothermal Wonders at Hverarondor Hverir

Hverarondor-Hverir4 Iceland’s environment is so unique in the world. A volcanic island so close to the Arctic Circle, it has some pretty extreme natural attractions. One site I’d never managed to see before my May Ring Road trip this year was Hverarondor Hverir. Hverir is a geothermal area with boiling mudpits and steaming fumaroles (essentially steam vents on the surface- click here to see video of this place).

 

Hverarondor-Hverir2 Hverir is just south of the Krafla caldera (pronounced “krahp-la), a large area of intense geothermal activity, some of which is harnessed by the Krafla power plant. The whole area is pretty desolate, and a drive through this otherworldly landscape is really awe-inspiring. Other locations in Iceland great for this kind of thing are 1) the Hveravellir Nature Reserve accessible only by the highland F-roads and 2) several geothermal spots on the more accessible Reykjanes peninsula in the southwest (I’ll be posting photos of this at some point in the next month or so).

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