Mark’s Favorite Places: Adirondack Park New York - Part 1
Of all my favorite places in the world, The Adirondack Park in New York has been both a challenge and a joy to photograph. My annual trip to the park is a selfish indulgence. No wife. No kids. My long time friend and colleague Jeremy, makes the trip every year with me. He is patient while I pack, check and recheck my photo gear. He doesn’t object when I stop for a photo opportunity. The trip almost always involves a canoe and some tough hikes.
What I love about the park is its departure from my normal daily grind. I also love making fewer decisions. The decisions I do make only impact me. The park is loaded with trails that gift you at every turn with a pond, river or mountain valley all begging to be photographed. Quiet. Not a noiseless quiet, but a spiritual and refreshing quiet.
When I am asked what are my favorite places, I always think of the places that occupy my idle thoughts or dreams. These are the places that I escape to on a sleepless night. The Adirondack Park is one of my favorite places.
1 - This shot was taken right before shoving off on Hoel Pond. After packing up the canoe with my serious photo gear, I usually take out my iphone and shoot a few shots. The tree you see partially submerged in the water was the marker we used to find shore on the return trip.
2 - I love this shot for a couple of reasons. It was taken with my first digital camera; a gift from my wife. Also, because it was my first trip to the Adirondack Park and my first site we took refuge in for the night.
3 - This was taken on the Oswegatchie River. The grass was being blown over by the wind like the bend in the bow of the canoe. This river was one of the most remotest places I have ever been to in a canoe.
4 - Stephen’s Pond is a beautiful hike. When I arrived at this pond it was like walking into a cathedral.
5, 6 - After camp is set up, I always try to find details to photograph. I am always amazed at how still the water can be.
Mark Struckmann, Queen City Photography
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