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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.
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.
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.
Most of us know that spending time outside is so much better for us than staying inside for our physical and mental health. Sunlight and fresh air have restorative benefits that we should take advantage of. A lot of people love going to the beach or mountains during summer since the kids are out of school.
My daughter and I spent one week in June in a beautiful resort called Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. We spent our days at the beach and the pool. Digging your feet in the sand actually stimulates your nerves. During the hottest part of the days we just hung out in our room, we also had our own pool in our balcony with ocean view. The days were also spent trying out an assortment of food from many fancy restaurants. It was a fun experience for both of us.
What we did that we enjoyed the most was watching the sunset while swimming at the pool. It was very relaxing. And the sunsets at Bandera Bay were so beautiful. The colors were magnificent.
Usually, when I take photos of a scene that includes strangers who actually enhance the scene, if possible I make sure that they are not identifiable in my photos. This is mainly because I myself don’t want to appear in other people’s photos without my permission. It’s my way of respecting their privacy the same way I want to be respected.
I hope you enjoyed some of the photos that I’ve shared from my beach vacation. Go out and spend your time outdoors.
Also, check out the store, I have added a few more photos there from my Mexico trip.
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:
- Clear sky
- Interesting subject
- 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.
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.
Vacationing in Texas in the summer is not something we look forward to. Because of the scorching heat, we always end up going somewhere cool during the hottest month in the summer. We love the mountains – the scenery and the things to do abound. For me of course, I love to photograph landscape and nature so beach works for me too.
Last weekend, we went to Port Aransas, a small beach town in Texas. It was a four hour car ride from home which included a brief ferry ride that transported our car to the island. We are not “beach people”, and probably because of the heat and humidity, the trip was not as enjoyable as I had hoped for. But although it was hot, I tried to make the most of my stay there photographing birds and sunrise and the beach. I spent two mornings out on the beach photographing sunrise. The seagulls were so entertaining. I also enjoyed watching some of the people especially the ones with dogs. I wished there were no seaweed but the birds ate them and some of the dogs I saw at the beach actually loved rolling on the bed of seaweed. The nice thing about the place we stayed at was that the beach was walking distance from it so in the mornings I was able to quickly go to the beach before sunrise. Each morning I spent at least a couple of hours there until the sun started to get hot. I even met a nice woman who was camping at the beach with her friend and with four rescued dogs. I got to chat with her for a while both mornings that I was at the beach.
Here are some photos I took from the ferry and from around the beach area.