Cliff Dutton

Carpenter and website developer. Amateur photographer.

Author's posts

New Photos on SmugMug

They are usually uploaded anonymously and so it is this time with photos showing riders very happy to be on the snow. It doesn’t have to be that way. Photographers can identify themselves and their subjects in the comments below the photos or just comment and stay anonymous. A few words to describe your photos can make them even more interesting. I’ve created a new gallery called 2017-2018 Season where these few photos could use some company. Upload at will with our upload link found here, on SmugMug and elsewhere on this site. It’s easy and the club pays for our SmugMug photo sharing site with your dues so you might as well get some use out of it! Here’s a sample. read more

Sno-Birds on Instagram

Roy and I had a great meeting with Mike G, the new Sno-Bird Secretary last night. I was showing them the new integration with Instagram and Roy pointed out he wasn’t aware of Instagram on our site yet. That could be because I wasn’t clear enough in my first post so I’ll try to point out how to use it. When you are looking at our website, you’ll notice a new link in favorites called Our Instagram Page.  It will take you to our page on Instagram which only has a few photos but most importantly it encourages Instagrammers to add the hashtag #shrewsburysnobirds to any of their photos from our territory. Hashtags are used to group things on the web. They always start with the pound sign which is followed by a word or phase with no spaces. If you are familiar with using tags to label digital documents, it is similar to that. They were originally meant to work in searches but their use has expanded tremendously. read more

Introducing Instagram Integration


Screen shot of Instagram on iPhone.

The Shrewsbury Sno-Birds now have an Instagram account @snobirds. We would love to find a volunteer who knows Instagram to manage it (send us an email if you are interested!) Right now you can add your photos to our new Instagram #shrewsburysnobirds hashtag page right here on this site. It works because Instagram posts with the #shrewsburysnobirds hashtag are linked to that page. If you find yourself posting a snowmobile pic on your Instagram account, just add our hashtag: #shrewsburysnobirds and it will appear on our linked page. It’s the same if you are looking at a friend’s Instagram photos and see one of the Stone House you can add your own comment with #shrewsburysnobirds and the photo will show up on our page. You can access that page anytime via the Photo Sharing button in our navigation bar. read more

Attaching Bridge Timbers to I-Beams

Screws and washers attachment

I was wondering about how or if the bridge planks were attached to the I-beams and while browsing through another set of photos Roy has posted to SmugMug I found the answer in this photo. You have to zoom in a bit but you can see the screws and washers holding the planks down to the I-beams.

Click the photo to see it on our SmugMug site and while you are there you can check out the rest of the photos in this second gallery on the bridge building project. read more

Roy’s Pre-Thanksgiving Photos

I had a moment to talk with Roy and got him lined out on adding his photos. See the post where he mentioned them. He posted them to SmugMug and I want to call your attention to them as I’m sure we will be getting more snow soon and these will be only a faint memory. As far as early snow goes, this winter has been a good one. Dates on the shots are November 20th & 23rd. View the gallery on SmugMug and fill up your whole screen with them! read more

Upper Cold River Road Covered Bridge Open!

Covered Bridge

Covered Bridge

Wonderful to have this back as it has been out since tropical storm Irene.

I just had my truck undercoated at Carrara’s Hot Oil Undercoating in Shrewsbury and learned that the Covered Bridge was open.

I presume knowing that the bridge is again open will be useful to someone accessing the trails in Shrewsbury or making the trip from there to Rutland. Just know there is a very steep hill that is one lane approaching the bridge from Shrewsbury.



Sno-Birds Website Reconnected with Facebook

December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Apologies to our Facebook followers. Our website has not been posting Roy’s news posts since last February. If this post makes it to Facebook, you can rest assured you will see all the new posts that Roy writes as we get closer to snow season. Make that be deep snow season!

Remember this?

This Photo Just Added

This photo was just uploaded to our SmugMug site and I’ve added it to “Member Uploads.” It appears that Sno-Birds can have fun even off the snow but I’m only guessing because there was no comment to provide any information! Please, anyone can add some more info in the comments where ever you see this picture. It would be nice to share with other Sno-Birds what’s up. Was this a meeting? read more

The 2014-15 Season in Photos

Roy has uploaded some photos over the season and we have seen many of them in his Trail Reports. Seeing them all together is a great way to remember an amazing season from the big storm on December 14th through the long lasting cold and snow into Spring. See them in the gallery below (captions by Roy) or in the season’s Grooming Gallery in SmugMug.



Google Features Mobile Version

Mobile View of Google Search

Mobile View of Google Search

Google’s listing of our site now advertises that we have a mobile version thus encouraging folks viewing with a mobile device to view our site over one that hasn’t yet made a mobile version. This means not only is our site easier to view on smart phones but it is easier to find as well. Google ranks sites with a mobile version more highly than those without so our site should come up nearer to the top in search listings. read more