The Shires of Vermont Byway is a documentary film highlighting the people and places along Vermont's Route 7 and Historic Route 7A in Bennington County Vermont. This byway travels through some of Vermont's most beautiful and historical areas, from the state line in Pownal to Manchester. Your host, Greg Cutler, explores 25 places of interest along the way. Produced by Catherine Stewart, with production support by GNAT TV, this project is the second in a series highlighting the newly designated Byways of Southern Vermont. This documentary is a first place winner in the 17th Annual Alliance For Community Media - Northeast Region - Video Festival.
A squirrel, heading on his merry way, encounters an obstacle in his path. How will he resolve it?
It’s not very often that a Barred Owl comes to visit your back yard. This owl came and stayed around for two days. The winter of 2015 had been very cold and snowy. The snow was so deep that many animals in the natural world struggled to find food in order to survive. I first suspected that this owl was here looking for food. So I set my camera outside and started recording, thinking that maybe I’d catch the next “Animal Kingdom” episode. I was curious what he/she was going to do. Maybe I would capture images of him capturing a meal.
There were lots of birds and squirrels visiting our bird feeders, both are owl fodder. But it soon became apparent that the owl had recently eaten a large meal because he didn’t seem interested at all in the prey that populated the immediate area.
When it was all over I looked at my raw footage and found that he did nothing but sleep on the fence post. I did, however, discover a different story with which to play. With a bit of clever editing, I could twist it into an entertaining tale about the squirrels, and not about the owl. This little video became a close encounter narrative of two squirrels and one owl, giving the viewer insight into the animal world in an amusing, non-violent story.