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From the October 2012 Conservationist

A waterfall and water flowing in a shallow rocky creek surrounded by trees with fall color

Fall Foliage Photo Essay

By Mark Bowie

Looking down ona kayak in a lake through fall foliage
Lake Eaton, Hamilton County

All photos by Mark Bowie

Mile after mile, the woods seem intensely alive, bursting with energy.
I walk as if I were in a museum gallery, each composition a natural masterpiece.

A sunrise over a field with mountains in the distance
Harrietstown, Franklin County

The Adirondacks exhibit a special beauty, unique in character and spirit; a timeless terrain of rugged mountains covered with rich northern forests...a feast for the senses.

A rushing stream in the forest with moss covered rocks
Bear Brook, Hamilton County

Autumn redecorates the mountains, woods and waters with fresh colors and patterns. There is something reassuring in the knowledge that forces much larger than us are in control, providing such wealth.

Blue sky and fall foliage reflected in a still lake
Eighth Lake, Hamilton County

The sun's rays shine between trees with fall color
Nick's Lake Campground, Herkimer
County

The distinctly Adirondack mix of deciduous and evergreen forests at peak color is absolutely breathtaking in clear daylight, blurring to pastel colors on misty mornings.

Autumn leaves in the water between fallen logs at the edge of a lake
Eighth Lake, Hamilton County

Marshes typically flare with the first bold colors; maples and vines blaze red; tamaracks glow lime-yellow. As air temperatures cool, forest colors change, sweeping form north to south, down from higher elevations and up from cool, fog-shrouded valleys. Every niche of the landscape is awash with color.


Text adapted from The Adirondacks, In Celebration of the Seasons
by Mark Bowie
Available from North Country Books.

Photo: Mark Bowie