Adirondack Respite

Seven new photographs from the Adirondack Wilderness

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One weekend my nephew Chris and I backpacked to Peaked Mountain Pond, the Adirondacks wilderness, in the rain. My son, Sean, was to meet us later. The constant rain made the easy trek into a slog. Our attitude improved after the tents setup and the fire. The skies clear to a brilliant display of the Milky Way away from light pollution.

Peaked Mountain in the light of an August dawn taken from the west pond shore. Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Adirondack Park, New York State. At 2,919 feet, Peaked Mountain is a modest height though it rises an impressive 675 feet in 0.4 mile.

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Looking north across Peaked Mountain Pond from the west shore shortly after dawn.

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We used the canoe as a punt, using a solid branch to push around the shallow pond for short distances, after bailing.

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Mid-morning, we headed up the trail to the peak. I caught this orb-weaver spider web on the way.

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…and a detail. Technically, this is a macro. Did not wait around for the owner.

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Later, in the afternoon, Chris caught some Zzzzz’s in a time out from water gathering. We pumped water through a filter, this is necessary throughout New York State to avoid giardia infection.

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The ultimate in peace and tranquility, though disturbing a hornet pollinator can lead to excitement. This water lily bloom was caught with a tripod mounted long lens. Look closely for the hornet at work inside the flower. HHealthy water lily leaves are the epitome of tranquility because they are always clean, giving the illusion of tranquility. Scientists study water lily leaves to learn how the leaf surface sheds dirt. Imagine self-cleaning cloths.

Correction: it is the Lotus leaf, not lily pad, that is self cleaning.

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22 thoughts on “Adirondack Respite

  1. An interesting fact re the water lily self cleaning ability, Michael… Yes, I’m thinking of ‘cloths’.. and frogs. Water lilies do attract frogs! Perhaps because of their cleanliness… ?! 🙂
    Great images…

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      1. Interesting…makes sense. I double checked the reference to self-cleaning and discovered it is the Lotus Leaf, not the Lily Pad, that has this reputation. I made a correction, but suspect the Lily Pad has some of this property.

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  2. What gorgeous images — they’re so evocative I can practically feel the cool, damp air. There are so many images to love in this set, but I think my favorite is the canoe resting among the reeds. It has such a stillness to it, but also a rich story (who left the canoe there? when are they coming back?).

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