Lake Placid From McKenzie Mountain

Lake Placid From McKenzie Mountain
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A New Year

The snow is steadily melting in the forest and revealing last year’s tenacious greenery. Here Canada dogwood, tattered from a tough winter welcomes the sunshine of a new year.
Canada Dogwood
Photographed today in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.

Deer River Dreaming

In his guidebook Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow, Paul Jamieson eloquently describes the Deer River:

“The Deer is nearly everything a river can be except big . . . The Deer is miniature, secretive with its closely compressed banks, small shady pools, underground rivulets honeycombing spruce thickets, funnelings in bedrock, islets in braided channels, and ribbony meanderings in a remote silent meadow. The canopy over one divided fall and round pool is so dense you have the feeling of entering a cavern. It is a stream for trout fishermen and connoisseurs of little rivers.”

I’ve been dreaming of the Deer lately.

Deer River Dreaming
Photographed August 11th, 2014 at Deer River State Forest, Adirondack Mountains, New York.