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Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties

This summer, during our trip to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of touring Lake Placid by boat.  We spent about a couple of hours on a tour boat that went around Lake Placid. There were so many beautiful waterfront properties   In the Adirondacks, even if the properties are huge and elaborate, they are still referred to as “camps”. In the late 19th century, the affluent families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers started coming to the Adirondacks and built their huge summer retreats known as the Great Camps.

The Great Camps were built using native materials such as logs, barks, roots, and stones.  Because these materials were handcrafted, they show very unique irregularities.  These camps also blend right in to their surroundings.  Unlike the cookie cutter houses that we have in the master planned subdivisions where the houses are very similar if not the same, the Adirondacks architecture is very unique and built with great craftsmanship.  It’s definitely a work of art.

During our tour, the young guide mentioned the history of some of the camps, who visited there, who owns them (and used to own them) and what they do for a living, and other facts about Lake Placid.  He also mentioned the rich and famous people who have visited the area.  It was actually quite interesting.

As we toured around the lake, I was able to photograph some of them.  There were some challenges due to the fact that we were on a moving boat. Also, I was just sitting as I didn’t want to block the other passengers who were at the tour as well.  As you can see from the photos below, the Adirondacks architecture has a rustic style.

Lake Placid Lodge

One of my favorite properties on this boat tour was the Lake Placid Lodge.  This lodge which was built as a rustic camp in 1882 by a German family, is a great example of the rugged yet elegant Adirondack style architecture.  Although not in its original form because it was rebuilt due to a fire in 2005, the architects and the artisans made sure it epitomizes the spirit of the Adirondacks Great Camps.  If interested, here’s an article that gives more detail of the rebuilding efforts of the lodge.

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

The rustic elegance of Lake Placid Lodge

Adirondack Waterfront camps on Lake Placid

I don’t quite remember some tidbits that the guide shared on these other properties. I just photographed them for their beauty and unique qualities. I’d be content even I live on top of one of these boat houses.

This one is an oddball. Although it’s nice, it just doesn’t fit in with the Adirondacks style.

A unique house with a railroad track leading to the dock.

This is why people pay premium to stay and play here. Look at the waters and the surrounding mountains.

Hopefully, these photos gave you an idea of the Lake Placid waterfront properties that you will find in this area, or what you’re missing if you haven’t visited there.  Lake Placid is just one of the lakes out of the 3,000 lakes that the Adirondacks boast.   If you want quiet adventures you can check out one of the non-motorized lakes instead.  Either way, they’re all beautiful and relaxing.

Let me leave you with this quote by John Muir.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountain of life.”

John Muir, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1898.

 

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My Photography Then and Now

Exactly one week from now, I will be celebrating my sixth year in digital SLR photography.  It was on February 4, 2010 when I received my very first DSLR – a new Nikon D3000 as a birthday present from my husband and my daughter.  It wasn’t a surprise. I knew I was going to get it because I requested for it.  I had been anxiously waiting for it in the mail.

I owe my introduction to the wonderful world of photography from my brother Alex.  He used to have a SLR camera and shot with it occasionally. During Christmas break of 2014, he brought his new Nikon D3000 camera with him when he came to visit.  I was so curious and kept asking him questions so he let me borrow it.  I remember my very first shot was not good at all. I didn’t know how to make the camera work – I didn’t even know the proper way to hold it.  I didn’t know what all the buttons and dials were for and what the numbers meant.  I didn’t even know how to focus properly even though it was set on auto focus 🙂    But as I kept firing the shutter, I got more and more curious.  I asked my brother if he will give me his new camera, but my pleading didn’t work.

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2015 Pflugerville Photography Exhibit

This year, I am participating again the Pflugerville Photography Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a great way to showcase the work of talented local photographers who are passionate about their craft. I have four photos on display. Three of which were printed on 16″ x 20″ canvas, while the other one was printed on a 20″ x 24″ metal.

On display at the Pflugerville Library - Len Bishop Photography

On display at the Pflugerville Library – Len Bishop Photography

The exhibit will run from October 4 to November 18, 2015. So if you are in the area, I am inviting you to browse through the photos at the library. And if you’ve already been there, thank you for visiting.  Now go tell your family and friends about it. This will help spread the word, and hopefully will get other photographers to join the exhibit next year.

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Photo Project Theme Week 33 – Tiny Planets

You’ve probably seen some photos online of weird but interesting looking tiny planets.  This isn’t a new Photoshop project but I thought I’d make some of my own photos into my own Tiny Planets.

To start with, I selected a photo from our family’s recent trip this summer to the Northeast.  The photo that I found that I thought would make a good Tiny Planet was shot in Maryland while we were on the road.  My husband was driving and I was on the passenger seat of our motorhome.

My criteria for selecting this photo are:

  1. Clear sky
  2. Interesting subject
  3. Similar things on each end of the photo – in this example I have trees that are quite similar in height and looks so I can easily blend them together.
Maryland farm with red barn

Maryland farm with red barn – Original unedited

As you can see, this is just an ordinary photo, with boring sky, power lines,  and some movement at the bottom since the vehicle was moving fast.  I didn’t even roll down the window when I took this photo.  Nothing exciting here, just a snapshot.

In order to use this for my tiny planet creation, I had to make it into a panorama.  I cropped the top and the bottom of the photo and I also did some minor adjustments to make the colors pop a little.  This is what it looks like after some minor tweaking.

Maryland farm with red barn. - cropped with minor editing.

Maryland farm with red barn. – cropped with minor editing.

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Take Your Vitamin N

Take your Vitamin N

 

Don’t be surprised if your children’s pediatrician hands you a prescription that looks like this:

Rx For Outdoor Activity

Rx For Outdoor Activity

 

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) provides the above prescription pads to pediatric health practitioners to encourage children to actively participate in nature activities.   As human beings, our deep affiliation to nature is in our biology.  However natural it is, our connection to nature grows and deepens ONLY by nurturing it.  It’s encouraging to know that some pediatricians are actually prescribing nature play to their patients.  This infographic and many other downloadable resources can be found from NEEF’s website.

NEEF-CNI-Infographic

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