Still Learning To See


Fire-3043I’m often amazed by this community of which we are a part, that it pulls off these small (or not so small) miracles of being humans together in life. Such was the festival on Saturday called “Ice on Fire,” organized by a loosely knit group of folks and hosted at North Branch Nature Center and put together in large part by our great Parks Department—all to celebrate winter.


And what a grand celebration it was—more than 500 people; lots and lots of families with young kids; people from all over Central Vermont, and great fun and enjoyment of life. And fire!

The finale was, as it always it, a huge bonfire into which people tossed dozens of old Christmas trees to bring light to darkness and make ice on fire. What a joy it was. Thanks to all who made this happen and to all who came and enjoyed being together.


This entry was published on February 2, 2016 at 9:08 am. It’s filed under John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Photograph, Winter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

7 thoughts on “Celebrations

  1. Deborah Leu on said:

    A wonderful get-together, and great photos!

  2. What a universal sense of wonder–as I looked at the facebook pictures, those taken at night could have been human beings at any time on the planet, pushing back the darkness with fire! Love all the masks and drummers and costumes–definitely a Druid feeling there 🙂

  3. This looks like a lot of fun!!! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  4. Love your blog, John. And the last photo particularly. E

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. A bit primordial, but fun

    • “V.V.” as our friend Dot would say: “Very Vermont!” It was described in the local paper as being “pagan.” Wonder what the national press could do with that and Bernie’s turnout in Iowa yesterday!

  6. ncfarmchick on said:

    I think I want to live in the South Village of Eternal Good Will. Just love the sound of that.

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