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Saturday, January 12, 2013


Photographer James Clayton Sattel is passionate about Rhode Island, particularly those shores, crags, and vistas of his home island: Aquidneck.

This week, Jim shares winter views--the snow, ice, and colors that turn Rhode Island's landscapes into beautiful winterscapes. From ice-capped rocks on Newport's shorelines to snow-shrouded farms, Rhode Island may be even lovelier in January. 

To see more of or purchase Sattel's distinctive views, go here.

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Icy seas coat the rocks at Beavertail Lighthouse on Conanicut Island, making for a wintery surreal scene both from land and water.

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Paradise School


Paradise School is an historic school in Middletown, and a beautiful setting in any season.

The one room schoolhouse was built in 1875 and held classes until 1955 when it became an administration office. The Middletown Historical Society acquired the building in 1976 and was later restored and holds a small museum. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Gilbert Stuart Museum


Snow always does a beautiful job of highlighting the roofline, and I think this is particularly striking on barns. The contrast with the red walls doesn't hurt!

This is the Gilbert Stuart Museum grounds in lovely Saunderstown.

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The winter sets behinds intrepid sledders on the snow-covered hillsides behind St. Columba's Chapel in Middletown.

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Even a dusting of snow on Blithewold's gorgeous ground sets up a contrast with these banks of holly bushes. Is there any better vista than holly against snow?

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Downcity Snow


Snow falls on the perfectly set Bank of America skating rink in downtown Providence. Who's ready to skate in this urban winter wonderland?

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Prescott Farm


Two things to love in this view of the windmill at Prescott Farm: one, that subtle contrast of the bleached wood shingles; two, those snow-laden boughs adjacent. Airy and full at the same time, this view.

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Meeting House


When the sun comes out after a snow, the play of shadow against those fresh white expanses is irresistible to any photographer. Add the contrasting blacks and whites of Wickford's historic Meeting House, and you've got a winning winter image.

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Paradise School


Another way to find surprise in the winter landscape is to locate a buildling whose coloring really pops when the world goes gray and white. How about the statement the historic Paradise School makes in midwinter?

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Winter boats

Bristol Harbor

Like a Paradise School, the bright greens of this boat tied up in Bristol Harbor just jump off the screen when surrounded by big, fat flakes of pure-white snow.

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Bowen's Wharf


I just want to start humming "Silent Night" every time I look at this image and remember how still it was on Bowen's Wharf the day I took this image. Remarkable, the contrast with how summer looks on this world-renowned tourist attraction!

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St. George's School


There's no better time to photograph this charming sculpture outside the hockey rink at St. George's School in Newport, than when he's covered in snow!


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