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While New York City dwellers swear by the party-hopping scene of the Hamptons each summer, most of the people from the rest of the state are lovers of the Adirondacks.
The beauty of this place is incomparable. And it happened to have been the chosen destination of the 1980 Winter Games (the Olympics in which the U.S. won the gold in hockey) and was chosen — over Martha's Vineyard : for the Clintons' summer vacation.
Carl Heilman, photographer and Adirondack resident, fully understands the Adirondack mind-set. While Adirondacks: Views of and American WIlderness offers a brief overview of the region, the book attempts to share with you what Heilman sees every day. The photographic essay begins with the Wild Waterways, then takes you to the Adirondack Foothills, the Edge of Wilderness, and the Boreal Wilderness, concluding with the Highest Peaks.
Having been to the Adirondacks many times, I can attest that though there is no place with such a stunning array of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, gorges, and forests in the United States, no collection of photographs has yet managed to capture this area of unmatched beauty — until now. Heilman's Adirondacks reminded me of the fish I caught on private lakes in the region; summoned the reflection of autumnal leaves on Lake Placid; reawakened the frustration of driving through Lake George, headed elsewhere but desperate to get out and hike in the woods and swim in the lake. And as strange as it may seem, though I don't really like the outdoors, I somehow feel differently aboutthe Adirondacks.
Visually stunning — as evident in these excerpted photographs — Adirondacks is a book that won't just sit on your bookshelf, collecting dust. These will be the photographs you wish you could take and the photographs to remind you of your trip to upstate New York.