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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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Photo Project Theme Week 32 – Instant Inspiration

For the past few months, I have been feeling kind of uninspired as far as my photography goes. I have not gone walking and exploring nature in awhile.  Even going for a walk which used to be fun felt like a chore so I didn’t really go out.  So many beautiful sunrises and sunsets have gone by, yet I have not even picked up my camera to shoot.  For some reason, I just didn’t feel like shooting anything just for fun.  I have been telling myself that I have seen better or that I’ll see another beautiful sunrise or sunset again soon so I’ll just wait.  Who am I kidding?  I’ve lost a lot of opportunity to shoot, and the awesome sunrises and sunsets are not going to be exactly the same. Each one is different.  And it’s not just sunrises and sunsets.  I have had opportunities to shoot some photos of my parents before they left a few days ago to move to another state.  I have always pictured some shots of them in my mind but have not taken time to ask them to allow me to make those photos.  And now what?  It’s too late.  I’ve missed a lot of chances.   And yes, as we know it, regret is always in the end.

Just to get me back into the groove, this past Sunday, I forced myself to walk around Lake Pflugerville as it’s the closest trail from my house.  I didn’t take my mirrorless camera which used to always hang around my waist in my little belt bag every time I go for a walk.  I figured I’ll just walk for exercise and not take photos at all.   But as soon as I saw the beautiful sunflowers, there was a feeling of excitement.  They were not perfect as you can see but the yellow color of the sunflower against the blue color of water and sky was just very appealing to me.  So I grabbed my phone and took several shots.

Here’s one.

Sunflower at the lake.

Sunflower at the lake.

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Photo Project Theme Week 28 – Beach

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.

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Photo Project Theme Week 21 – Summer

Ahhh ….. summer…   What comes to your mind when you think about summer?  Is it the beach? hiking? school’s out?  pool parties?  Whatever it is, I think summer is synonymous with FUN.

Here in Texas, it’s really hot during summer.  If you are outside, shade is your best friend. Once you’re in the shade though, it’s not too bad especially when the breeze is nice.  A lot of people here go to the swimming holes or go tubing in the rivers to cool off.  For us, we usually stay inside where there’s air conditioning  and when we go on vacation, we usually go somewhere cold during the hottest month which is August.

Hiking in Breckenridge, CO

Port Aransas, TX

This year, we didn’t do much. Unfortunately, work has made us so busy.  Although recently we had a chance to spend a weekend with family in Burnet, TX. We had fun and LOTS of great food.  We went kayaking and visited the Longhorn Caverns in Marble Falls.  It was a nice short getaway with family  and we got to bring our dogs.

Lake Buchanan

Kayaking in Lake Buchanan

In just another week, summer break will be over.  Kids will be back in school.  Traffic will be horrible.   But the good thing is cooler days will soon be here.

How about you?  What did  you do this summer?

 

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