Facing west from Vermont
with the Evening Star, the planet Venus, setting into the Adirondack
Mountains in New York.
From the 1600s through the early 1800s, Lake Champlain was a
link in the strategic water ways connecting Canada in the north
with New York City in the south. Many times Fort Ticonderoga,
guarding the portage to Lake George, changed hands in battles
among the French, the English, and the Americans during the years
of fighting to dominate the New World.
Where the water in Lake George descends
into Lake Champlain, Native Americans named the point , Ticonderoga,
which means "roaring
water". The spillway which occurs over about half
a mile is a larger descent than that at Niagara Falls.
During the 19th Century, the falling
water was harnessed to power wool mills in the town of Ticonderoga
that processed enormous
amounts of fine Merino wool — the finest of garment wool — from
the farms in nearby Shoreham on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain.
The variegated twinkling stars in the sky were
inspired by the Pilgrim's aria in prison, in the rarely heard
opera by Ralph
Vaughan Williams, The Pilgrim's Progress, when the stars
start coming out captured by Vaughan Williams by the wondrous
The snowscape suggests that long past history of wool, as well
as a sense of final peace for the many forgotten fallen by the