Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Photography: An Adirondack Sunset

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Last Sunday’s stormy weather conditions made for dramatic picturesque skies indeed, and the timing couldn’t have been any better! The Sun was setting, with the last of the storms passing through, giving way to this golden view! It’s moments like this that makes you really feel alive, and be glad for it! So remember, when the storm is passing and the Sun is setting, grab your camera and get ready for a beautiful show! I captured this image with my Canon Powershot SX 110 IS, 60 mm focal length, 1/125 sec. at f /5.6, ISO 80.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Best Adirondack Books of 2012 Honored

Adirodnack Center for WritingWriters, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday to hear the announcements of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Award winners. The Adirondack Literary Awards celebrate and acknowledge the books that were written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year.

Judges for the Adirondack Literary Award were Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern (nonfiction and memoir); Ellen Rocco and Joseph Bruchac (fiction); Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett and Stuart Bartow (poetry); Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie (children’s literature). All of the books submitted for consideration this year were on display on Sunday, giving a visual sense of the scope of our Adirondack literary achievements, and many of the authors had signed copies of their books for sale.

And the winners are… » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Remembering ‘Adirondack Detective’ Writer John Briant

JBriant 01aFor the second time in recent months, the Adirondacks lost a longstanding member of the regional writers’ community. John Briant of Old Forge, known far and wide for his Adirondack Detective series of books, passed away on May 14. I’m not a religious person, and I can’t say to what extent John was, but if he was devout, he probably looked forward to reuniting with his beloved wife, Margaret, who passed away in June 2012.

If you didn’t know the Briants but you attended book events in the area, they were the loving elderly couple who clung so closely to each other. Each seemed to support the other. Her death last year was a tragedy that many of us feared would be John’s undoing as well.

The world of literature is filled with moving stories of young love lost and the tortured souls of survivors, pining for what once was or might have been. As John spoke to me last year of Margaret’s passing, it became clear that, at least in this instance, age had nothing to do with love’s depth or fervor. He at times wept while describing her hospital stay, her unexpected death, and the deep sense of loss that had since enveloped his life. Had John not mattered to so many people in so many ways, he might well have left us soon after Margaret did―just from grief alone. He had lost, after all, his partner, love, and inspiration. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 31, 2013

Nancie Battaglia Photo Exhibit Opens Tonight

Strand Theatre in Old ForgeNancie Battaglia—well known for her photography of the Adirondacks and the Olympics—will be exhibiting more than two hundred examples of her work at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LCPA) through June 22.

Titled “inPRINT,” the exhibit focuses on photos that have been published in newspapers, magazines, and other media, such as book covers, brochures, and even cereal boxes. Her photos have appeared in national publications such as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times and in regional publications such as the Adirondack Explorer and Adirondack Life.

The public is invited to an opening reception at the LCPA from 5 to 7 tonight. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day Frost And Snow Covered High Peaks

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Early morning frost on the fields, with snow covered peaks above the green trees. Not the best weather for Memorial Day weekend – but it sure was pretty! This was captured with a Nikon Coolpix P7700 early on Monday morning, 5/27/13. I wanted to get out for some photos before the sun had a chance to start melting the snow capped summits. I went from there to Heart Lake and Mount Jo, and then photographed awhile along the Adirondak Loj Road again before heading back home mid-morning.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Art and Nature: Returning To the Heron Nest

Heron on nest, 2013If you’ve been reading the Adirondack Almanack for a while, you may recall my emotional writing about the heron nest I found in the spring of 2012, and the three charming youngsters that were about half-grown when nature intervened and they became dinner for some predator like a large owl or a bald eagle. I was devastated as I’d been quietly visiting the nest site for weeks, observing and photographing the heron family. You can see a YouTube video of one of the parents feeding the three youngsters here.

I’m happy to say, the herons are back on the nest. Or more accurately, according to what I’ve read, a male heron, perhaps the same one, returned to this nest site, made sure the nest was in tip-top shape, and then courted a female (who may not be the same one as last year) and convinced her to join him for mating season. I trust those close friends who know where this pond is will keep it quiet and not disturb this nesting pair. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Photo: Northern Lights Across Brant Lake on Saturday

Brant Lake Northern Lights (5-18-2013) Carl Heilman PhotoA large sunspot has been active on the sun lately, and I happened to be up to see the glow of the aurora across Brant Lake in the wee hours of the Saturday morning. The moon was just setting on the horizon about 1 AM and I knew the skies would soon be nice and dark for capturing the gentle glow of the northern lights. This was a 50 sec. exposure with an f /2.8 11 mm wide angle lens on my Nikon D300S using an ISO of 800.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Adirondack Paddlefest in Old Forge This Weekend

PF.beach01.lgAfter a week of frost warnings and even snow flurries, the weekend temperatures are due to ease into the sixties and just in time for the Adirondack Paddlefest. In its 15th year, the Adirondack Paddlefest will host paddling presentations, test paddles, on-water canoe and kayak sales, demos, clinics, food and entertainment this Friday – Sunday, May 17-19 in Old Forge. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Going Solo: Considering An Adirondack Retirement

101_1541Earlier this April, my friend retired full-time to an Adirondack lake shaped like a large starfish.  She wrote to say that ice-out was last Friday, and that she was having quite a time adjusting to her retirement.

“Retirement?  Having a hard time adjusting?  What could be so hard?” I found myself thinking.  Unplug the alarm clock.  When you wake up, relax and savor the sounds of an Adirondack by-the-lake morning.  Listen to the wind in the pines. Hear the creaking and groaning of the ice, replaced by soft spring waters and an endless sunrise.  What’s not to like?

At mid-career, moving frantically through my business each week, an Adirondack retirement like my friend’s is a treasure.  Our lives are so busy, why not a permanent unwind?


Friday, May 3, 2013

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition Opening at View

W-93_Waterfront Cutter_MarianiThe 9th Annual Northeast National Pastel Exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Friday May 3, from 5 – 7pm at View in Old Forge, NY. The Northeast National Pastel Exhibition will be on display May 4 – June 29. It’s a highlight of View’s annual exhibition calendar, with thousands of visitors a year from the Northeast and beyond. The exhibition has included works from some of the nation’s foremost pastel artists.

As the exhibition grows, so does its reputation. More artists than ever have submitted work in the hopes of being selected this year by Sally Strand, PSA, IAPS MC, famed pastelist, and this year’s juror of selection. Over $5,000 in awards were juried by Diane Forsberg, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Arkell Museum. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Falls On The Hudson River at Lake Luzerne

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It’s spring in the Adirondacks! This is a photo of one of the participants in the ‘Perfect Pictures Every Time’ photo workshop I did during the last weekend of April at the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne. I saw him move into place  by the cascades, and moved over to place him in front of the falls. Zoomed in to a telephoto focal length and shot with about a 1 second exposure to have a nice motion blur in the water. What a beautiful day it was for a workshop and photography.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Four Great Art Events in Saranac Lake Friday

IGallery openingt may be due to some weird alignment of the stars, or a movement to start “Cinco de Mayo”  early, but Friday May 3 there are four great art events in Saranac Lake.

With good timing, it could be possible for one to make all four events, but it’s more likely choices will have to be made. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 29, 2013

Paddlers Photo Contest Deadline Friday, May 3

Adirondack Photo ContestView, Adirondack Explorer magazine, and Mountainman Outdoor Supply Co. are co-sponsoring their second Paddlers Photo Contest.  The deadline for submissions is this Friday, May 3.

Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter.  The awards include subscriptions to Explorer, memberships at View, a Werner Camano paddle from Mountainman, and the winning photos’ publication in Adirondack Explorer. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 26, 2013

An April Morning: Whiteface Mountain from Copperas Pond

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It still looked quite wintry in this view of Whiteface Mountain from Copperas Pond on a mid-April morning. The crocuses are bloming in our backyard in Brant Lake, and I heard the first peepers here on the lake last week, but there’s still a good layer of snow and ice in the High Peaks region. This photo was taken about 6:20 AM. I had along my Nikon D300S and was shooting some angles with that also, but this was taken with my Nikon Coolpix P7700, 6 mm (28 mm full frame equiv.), 1/15 sec at f /4, ISO 160.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Sembrich Announces 2013 Season

Sembrich buildingThe Sembrich, located at 4800 Lakeshore Drive in Bolton Landing, has announced its 2013 summer series of chamber music concerts and more, running from June 8 through September 5. This season’s theme is “Titans of Opera.”

“Although our summer series at The Sembrich has gained a reputation over the years as a destination for intimate chamber music concerts, this season we are taking on a grander theme,” says Artistic Director Richard Wargo. “We’re honoring opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner on the bicentennials of their births, and Benjamin Britten on the centennial of his. » Continue Reading.


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