Tag Archive | Adirondacks

Festival of Leaves: Week 1 ~

A new challenge!  I love that!  And we’re starting out with Fall and Leaves.  Nothing more wonderful at this time of year!

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

This looks like a fun and intriguing new challenge!  Click on the “Festival of Leaves” logo below and see what it’s all about!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my contribution to this week’s challenge.  Hope you leave a comment or “Like” my photos.  Looking forward to next week’s!  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn ~

I just think the Adirondack Mountains in New York State are magnificent in fall!

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Each photo was taken in or near Long Lake, New York.  Can’t get enough of this region of the state!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!  TTFN – Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Wood ~

This week Cee continue’s her challenge incorporating the 5 Elements of the Chinese.  The first week was Metal, the second week was Water, and this week’s challenge is Wood (Tree, Wind, Moisture, Air, Minerals, Ink, Mind, Rubber, Paper, Plants, Poison, Wax, Dissolve, Carbon, Clouds, Health, Space).  As with every week, Cee also challenges us to “have fun” with it.

Al sits in a big Adirondack Chair!

Al sits in a big Adirondack Chair!

My husband sits in the largest Adirondack chair on record at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York.

Canoeists in a spectacular original wooden canoe.

Canoeists in a spectacular original wooden canoe.

I caught this gorgeous wooden canoe at the boat races on Long Lake, NY, in the Adirondacks.

Lakeside Church in the Adirondacks

Lakeside Church in the Adirondacks

We took a dinner cruise on Raquette Lake and I caught a picture of this beautiful all wood church built on the shore of the lake.

Thanks, again, Cee for a fun and interesting challenge!  Looking forward to next week’s continuation of the 5 Chinese Elements (fire).

My Adirondacks ~

 For as long as I can remember, our family spent one or two weeks each summer camping and visiting relatives in the Adirondacks, right through my teenage years.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve always thought of Long Lake, New York, as my second home.  My mother’s sister and her family lived there, so we would go and visit and camp at nearby Lake Eaton each July 4th for the local Independence Day festivities.  While there we would swim, ride our bikes, go shopping and sightseeing at local stores, then sit around the campfire at night and roast marshmallows and see what local relatives would show up for a visit.  We were never disappointed.  And, although I’m sure we had our share, I don’t remember any time when it rained during our stay.  All I remember is the fun. 

A church steeple rises above the fall foliage as taken from the deck of the bridge in Long Lake, New York

A lone kayaker paddles in the colorful splendor that is Long Lake, New York

Now, as adults, my husband and I have visited Long Lake and Lake Eaton over the past couple of years, both in summer and in fall.  I’ve been able to share with him the members of my family that still reside there, the places we’d go when I was a child, plus we’ve experienced new places together and made new memories to share with others.  I never remember the fall being so vibrant and colorful in my childhood, and I’ve been able to appreciate it much more now. 

A view of Lake Eaton, New York, through the trees on the beach.

Another view of Lake Eaton as the light shimmers on the water and the fall foliage across the way.

 Al and I visited the Adirondack Museum during one of our stays in the Big Woods.  I think I’d been there as a child, but didn’t really remember.  Now, seeing it as an adult, I can fully appreciate the history and beauty that is kept in the museum and its many outbuildings.  There is even a small section dedicated to my Uncle Bob Wallace, who was a fixture in Long Lake for his entire life, and well-respected as they come.  I only remember him as being “larger than life” and very generous with a great sense of humor.

Al sits on this “larger than life” Adirondack chair outside the Adirondack Museum.

A hand made Adirondack-themed quilt on display inside the Adirondack Museum.

I’m so grateful that I have such memories of growing up in the Adirondacks each summer.  And now I have photos and even more recent memories to enjoy.  These photos are just a few of my memories of my childhood, my family, my Adirondacks. 

Buttermilk Falls just outside Long Lake, New York.

A seaplane takes off from the placid waters on Long Lake, New York.