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January, 2018

Ice Jams develop on the West Branch of the Ausable River

Ausable River Ice Jam

Heavy rains and melting snow in the mountains caused ice to break up on the east, west, and main branches of the Ausable River today. Moving downstream, the ice became jammed in sections of the Ausable rivers near Lake Placid, Jay, and Ausable Forks. The jams resulted in flooding that closed several roads. Drastically changing weather patterns are forecasted for the next several days. Temperatures were in the 50 degree range today, but the forecast is calling for temperatures to drop to about negative 20 degrees over the weekend. Heavy snows are also expected tonight. View images of snowy mountains >>More


January, 2018

Snowy Peaks in the Lake Placid Region

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Snowy peaks in the Lake Placid region were on full display Sunday, January 7, a day when temperatures final went above zero degrees Fahrenheit after a frigid weekend. (Click on the above photos to see the full images.) See more mountain photos Snow covered St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower


January, 2018

Scenes from a frigid Saranac Lake

frigid Saranac Lake

People living in the Adirondacks woke up to frigid temperatures Friday morning. In Saranac Lake, the temperature hovered around -10 degrees Fahrenheit and gusty winds. The National Weather Service in Burlington reported wind chills at about -30 in the northern Adirondacks and have issued a wind chill advisory until Saturday night. “The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin,” declared a NWS weather advisory. “Expect wind chills to range from 30 below zero to 45 below zero.” And that was in the lower elevations. Up high in the mountains, temperatures were >>More


January, 2018

What is a critter shelf? Find out here

Inside a critter shelf

Last summer the state Department of Transportation and The Nature Conservancy partnered to create New York state’s first-ever critter shelf for wildlife. Installed inside a large culvert under State Route 12, south of Boonville, in the Black River Valley, the suspended walkway provides a two-foot wide platform for wildlife to scurry through the culvert instead of crossing over the busy road. The shelf is attached to one side of the corrugated steel culvert with brackets and cables. To find out more about the critter shelf and see some of the creatures who use it, watch this video.  


December, 2017

Views from Lake Clear

Lake Clear

I visited the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat on Friday, December 15, for to get photos for an article about the wellness tourism economy that is to appear in the January issue. Temperatures had recently dipped in the single digits, causing Lake Clear to freeze over. A fresh snowfall also covered the ground in this quiet and peaceful neck of the woods. Although there was just enough snow to ski in the woods, the railroad tracks weren’t completely covered. So I doubt either snowmobiling or skiing would be possible on them. Perhaps the highlight of the winter view across Lake Clear >>More


October, 2017

Timelapse Video at Avalanche Lake

Here’s a timelapse video I shot at Avalanache Lake in the High Peaks Wilderness in September. It shows clouds moving above the pass.


October, 2017

Timelapse Video on Cascade Mountain

Here’s a timelapse video I shot on Saturday, September 30 on Cascade Mountain. The video shows what the summit looks like on a day when 550 people hike the mountain. To view still photographs from that same day, click here.


October, 2017

Six Nations Indian Museum

In late September, I visited the Six Nations Indian museum in Onchiota because owner Dave Fadden was the featured Trailblazer in the November/December issue of the Explorer. Below is a description of the museum that appears on its website. “The Six Nations Indian Museum provides for the viewing of 3000-plus artifacts with an emphasis on the culture of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy (Haudenosaunee). The Six Nations are: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The museum features story telling lectures; gift shop carries Mohawk baskets, beadwork, books, t-shirts, silver jewelry, and acrylic paintings that reflects Six Nations >>More


October, 2017

A Day In The Life on Cascade Mountain

On Saturday, September 30, I hiked Cascade Mountain with the intention of documenting the crowds through a timelapse video and other photos. Starting the trail in the dark at about 6 a.m., I was the third person to the summit. Above are some photos from the day. The video is still in the works. At the trailhead, the temperatures were in the 30s and it was raining. I started hiking in the dark but was able to turn off my headlight before long as the sun rose. In the higher elevations, the rain turned to snow (something I had been >>More


October, 2017

A Visit to the Ladies Mile

In late September, I visited the Ladies Mile, a trail on Ausable Club property near Keene Valley. The purpose of the trip was to get some photos of Explorer summer intern Autumn Rock, who had written a story about the trail for the November/December issue of the Adirondack Explorer. Above are a few of the photos from the trip, including some on the walk from the parking lot to the trailhead.