Category Archives: New England

The Blizzard Of 1978

My friend Charlotte was scheduled to fly south to the Caribbean this morning. Her morning flight was cancelled by Jet Blue. A massive blizzard was predicted to hit the Northeast with up to 18 inches of snow. By nightfall the accumulation amounted to less than 6 inches. More is to come, but this snowstorm will […]

Hello It’s Me

The train tracks from Boston to New York were laid through the western pine barrens of Rhode Island in the 19th Century. The pine forests grow on deep sand deposits left over from the glacial melting of the Ice Age. This desolate region has resisted civilization, however on a winter afternoon in 1979 I was […]

COLD AS IT GETS by Peter Nolan Smith

Mount Washington is far from the tallest mountain on the face of the Earth, however in 1934 the summit observatory recorded the strongest wind on the planet at 231 mph or 372 km/hr. Winter temperatures on Agiocochook, or “Home of the Great Spirit” regularly dropped as low as -50F. Death from hypothermia can occur within […]

Slurpee Waves

The winter of 2014-2015 achieved record colds throughout New England. The accumulated snowfall in Boston towered over humans, shutting down highways and public transportation. Even worse were the incessant sub-zero temperatures freezing rivers and coating the ocean with a thick slush tapping at the coast. At the end of February Brian Sagar photographed a series […]

The Last Christmas Tree

After Thanksgiving Christmas trees crowded the sidewalks of New York. On the corner of Fulton and St. Felix Streets the holiday franchise was run by Laurent and Amy, who have transported evergreens from the northern forest of Quebec. We spoke in French with their accent a provincial Quebecois and my r-less speech betraying my Boston […]