Danielson, CT – The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has announced the winners of the 2014 TLGV Calendar Photo Contest. Every year the organization produces an informative calendar with great pictures, holidays, moon phases, and interesting tidbits about the history, flora and fauna of the National Heritage Corridor. This year’s contest drew 86 entries. Twelve monthly photographs and one cover shot images that celebrate life and capture the unique spirit of the region were selected in an impartial evaluation.“We were amazed at the quality of photos that were submitted for the contest,” remarked
Charlene Cutler, TLGV Executive Director. “There was a terrific response. All the photos were beautiful, poignant and remarkable. It was very difficult to decide on just thirteen for the calendar.”
The 2014 A Beautiful Year in The Last Green Valley© will include the work of Mike Christina from Putnam whose breath-taking picture of a “Snowy Sunrise on the Five Mile River,” the January llustration, was taken in Killingly. A close-up of an indignant beaver in Windham will grace the page for February and was submitted by James Stahr of Plainfield. Spring is heralded by “Monster Moon,” photographed by Karyn Dibonaventura, Pomfret, and will be featured in March.An endearing shot of a little tree frog, “Peeper,” taken in Brooklyn by Louise Muller, illustrates April. “Island Sunrise” epitomizes an early May dawn and was submitted by Russ Hamilton of Woodstock. Mark Gardell of Grafton, MA, took an exceptional shot of a “Great Blue page.
The July illustration is “Northern Lights,” taken by Sarah Hamby of Pomfret and capturing a night of river fires at sunset in Putnam. Melissa Hearnlaye of North Brookfield, MA, submitted an exquisite photograph, “Nature’s Close Up,” of a dragonfly taken at Lake Lashaway in East Brookfield and it will inspire viewers for August. September features a beautiful shot of “Sunset on Webster Lake” taken by Ken Carpenter of Killingly. Fall foliage and the hauntingly beautiful “Ruins of the Gen. Lyon Homestead” in Eastford is the subject of the October photo, taken by Eleanor Linkkila of Hampton. Representing the wildlife of the region, “A Neighbor” by Christine Lazur from Preston, illustrates November with a personable red squirrel. The serenity of the holiday season was captured by Marcy Dawley of Putnam in the lovely “Snowy Steeple in Pomfret.”The coveted cover shot was submitted by Engeniusz Nachilo of Rogers (Killingly). Entitled “Sunflower,” the photograph captures the intense beauty of a close-up of brilliant sunflowers, rich in tones of yellow, gold and orange. “It is so exceptional that the viewer can almost hear the buzzing of the three honeybees feeding on the center of the flowers,” noted Charlene Cutler.
The 2014 A Beautiful Year in The Last Green Valley© is on sale now through the TLGV Online Shop, www.thelastgreenvalley.org for $12.50. All proceeds from the shop support the work of The Last Green Valley, Inc.
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. A dynamic nonprofit organization, TLGV is a steward of that special place, working to celebrate our heritage, conserve our natural
resources and respect our working lands.