Upstate Photos: The Adirondacks

For six months or so this summer and fall, we lived and worked up in the Adirondacks at a national historic landmark called Sagamore. A prototypical "Great Camp," Sagamore and its fellows were the summer homes of the Robber Barons and their descendents. I thought for my inaugeral post, I'll put in a few pictures of the Adirondacks, one of the greatest treasures of Upstate New York. This first shot is of Blue Mountain Lake from the top of Castle Rock; most of what you can see is State Forest Preserve, protected as "Forever Wild" by Article 14 of the NYS Constitution.
This shot is of two antique wood and canvas canoes on the shore of Raquette Lake up in Hamilton County. The Adirondacks is something of a forgotten cultural corner of our grand state where things tend to accumulate and remain. The small, isolated communities serve to protect traditional arts, skills and music. At Sagamore, we had the privilege of listening to some of the finest artists in the North Country and to learn from craftspeople making fine works of functional art, like hand crafted boats.
One last shot. This one is of the Main Lodge at Sagamore. This 1897 building is a fusion of Romanticism's desire to "get-back-to-nature" and the urge to reject the alienation of labor by returning to hand made goods exemplified in the Arts and Crafts movement. It is a monument not only to its brilliant designer (Durant) and the wealth that built it (from the Union-Pacific Railroad) but also to the local craftsmen who constructed it.

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