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Adirondack Explorer

May, 2010

Adirondack Moments
Author: James Kraus

Review by: Phil Brown

Adirondack Moments By James Kraus Firefly Books,2009, Hardcover, 132 pages, $29.95

Adirondack Moments
By James Kraus
Firefly Books,2009,
Hardcover, 132 pages, $29.95

JAMES KRAUS owes a lot to his father. He got interested in the outdoors when his father took him fishing and in photography when he received a box camera. He went on to teach forest recreation at Paul Smith’s College for thirty years and often incorporated photos into his lectures. Now retired, Kraus recently collected many of his photos into a book titled Adirondack Moments. He groups his photos into chapters, such as “Light,” “Mountains,” “Plants and Wildflowers,” and “Water.” He writes in the introduction that whenever he is in the woods or on the water, he remains watchful for transcendent moments—“dramatic gems of fleeting beauty.” Clearly, judging from his book, he has found some.

Bunchberries garland a red pine.

Bunchberries garland a red pine.
Photos by James Kraus

An old barn near Paul Smiths.

An old barn near Paul Smiths.
Photos by James Kraus

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