Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Time for an Adirondack Adventure!

Each summer, we head to the towns of Old Forge and Inlet for our annual family vacation in the Adirondack Mountains. It is a beautiful, peaceful, inspiring and exhilarating place to be. I spend most of my time capturing the beauty of the landscape with my camera, going on hikes, creating jewelry and relaxing on the floating dock. It is pure bliss!

I am most inspired by nature, and my creativity is always sparked as I take in the natural beauty of the landscape. The textures and colors of the trees, plants and rocks influence a lot of my autumn season designs. The subtle ripple of the water in the lake, so clear you can actually see the bottom, influences my summer designs. Everywhere I look their is inspiration brought on by this breathtaking place!

To really understand the natural beauty of the landscape, you must be willing to hike across or up it! My husband, his mother and I like to challenge ourselves at least once a year by hiking a difficult/somewhat difficult mountain. Last year, my mother-in-law and I hiked up Mount Jo near Lake Placid. We made it almost to the top, when a thunderstorm and pouring rain forced us to turn around and head back down the mountain. So close! This year, the three of us and our dog hiked Mount Jo again, making it all the way to the top. What a spectacular view, worth every step!

At the top of the mountain, there was a garnet vein running through the rock.

While I didn't carve any garnet out of the rock (disrupting the mountain face is discouraged) it did inspire me to work on a garnet collection for the winter season!

We also spent some time exploring a small marsh island in 7th Lake. We collected some drift wood that I intend to use as part of my jewelry displays for craft shows.

My husband and our dog Twila-she loves to run through the water!

I decided to cool off in the crystal clear water. The water is a bit deeper than it looks!

7th Lake. Wish I was still there!


  1. Beautiful photos! The top one is my favorite. I wish I was feeling better that day to have joined you to the sand bar. Just the same, I still had a great time and wish I was up there, especially now with this heat!

  2. Wow, I would love to do something like this one day. Fellow nature lover speaking ;)