The Day – Local Photographers Win Contest Sponsored by The Last Green Valley


The Last Green Valley, Inc. has announced the 13 winning photos of its 2022 calendar, “Explore the Last Green Valley” for 2022, with beautiful photos of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.

The coveted cover photo was taken by Sandee Harraden of Woodstock and is called “Ruby-throated Hummingbird”. The photo is a beautiful image of a hummingbird drinking nectar as it twists its body to get the perfect angle for the nectar.

This is the second TLGV calendar cover that Harraden has won since 2015.

“I think The Last Green Valley is a wonderful organization and it also inspires people to enjoy the outdoors, raises awareness and helps people connect with nature,” said Harraden.

“I think it’s really important for people to have that inspiration.”

The other winning photos are: “A Sparkling Day”, by Ulla Britt Roemer from Pomfret; “Ponemah”, by Nick Velles of Franklin; “Chasing Waterfalls,” “Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut…” and “Let it Go,” by Sarah L. Hamby of Danielson; “Calves on a Sunny Day”, by Joseph Orefice d’Union; “European Praying Mantis at Lavender Farm” and “Monarch with Sunflowers”, by Heather Brunelle from Lebanon; “Sunset at Blue Slope,” by Susan Trapp of North Stonington; “Fall from Above,” by Ryan Heilemann of Brooklyn; and “Ready to Kayak at Hopeville Pond” by Gail Miller of North Franklin.

Additional, smaller photos are used throughout the calendar.

The calendar is on sale for $ 15. You can order one from the gift shop at or call the TLGV office at (860) 774-3300.

All proceeds support The Last Green Valley’s programs to protect natural and historic resources.

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