2021 EXPLORED: Memorable photos

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These were some of our favorite 2021 photos: A beautiful view from Black Mountain, a sprawling oak, a winding path in the White Mountains, and young students performing yoga with masks on.

Scroll down to see images that accompanied our feature writing and news coverage in 2021.

2021 photos
Herb Terns takes a photo of Nikk and Gillian Scott atop Black Mountain, which is located on the eastern side of Lake George. The trio hiked on a foggy January day, only to find the clouds clear just before they arrived at the summit. (From “Behind the Lens: an opening in the clouds,” January 2021, and “A clear view from Black Mountain,”January 2022. ) Photo by Mike Lynch
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A hiker makes his way up Blue Mountain in the central Adirondacks. (From “Blue Skies to Blue Mountain,” February 2021.) Photo by Gwendolyn Craig
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In Tupper Lake, a Syracuse-based development group led by the LaHinch Group purchased the abandoned Oval Wood Dish factory in April. The group said it plans to invest $30 million into the 130,000 square foot structure to build 92 apartments, plus commercial space. (From “Eyesore to crown jewel? Tupper Lake bets big on former factory,” April 2021.) Photo by Mike Lynch
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This old oak tree is located on the Ancient Oak Trail in Essex near Lake Champlain, an off-the-beaten trail that was highlighted in our annual Outings Guide. (From “Appreciating an old oak,” May 2021.) Photo by Mike Lynch
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In early March forest ranger Scott van Laer snowshoed into Johns Brook interior caretakers cabin to remove his belongings for the final time after 25 years on the job. Here, he talks to a pair of hikers about the importance of wearing snowshoes, warning them that if they step off the hard-packed trail, they’ll sink into to the deep snow. One of the hikers unintentionally proved van Laer’s point. (From “The last patrol,” May 2021.) Photo by Mike Lynch
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Kerri Denton, 13, gets a vaccine shot from Essex County nurse Jim Thomsen in early June at the county health department in Elizabethtown. (From “How Essex County tamed COVID,” July 2021.) Photo by Mike Lynch
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Hikers traverse Mount Lafayette in Franconia Notch on a quiet summer day. This photo was taken in the White Mountain of New Hampshire for part of the Explorer’s series about visitor management. (From “Has any park gotten it right? Can we?,” November 2021.) Photo by Gwendolyn Craig
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Assemblywoman (D-Bronx) Karines Reyes and her son Sebastian read a display panel in the Timbuctoo exhibit during a visit to John Brown Farm on Tuesday. (From “Black and Hispanic Caucus gathers in Adirondacks,” October 2021.) Photo by Nancie Battaglia
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John Dillon Park outreach coordinator Jason Thurston takes a break near Grampus Lake, located between Tupper Lake and Long Lake. (From “Accessible Adirondacks,” September 2021.”) Photo by Mike Lynch
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Zach Eisenhauer, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, stocks an Atlantic salmon in the Boquet River in October. (From “Replicating nature: Can DNA research bring back Champlain salmon?,” January 2022, and “Restoring salmon,” December 2021.) Photo by Mike Lynch
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Young students participate in yoga at school in Indian Lake in November. (From “Shrinking enrollments, creative schemes,” January 2022.) Photo by Mike Lynch

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