Hug a Black Dog!

Zeigfreid Von Schtump on Black Dog Day 10-01-14

“I celebrated National Black Dog Day with a walk and romp in the Ausable River in Lake Placid.”

Happy National Black Dog day! To celebrate, the Lifestyle hound enjoyed an indulgent day of pets and cuddles, relaxing, searching the yard for treats left by his deer and turkey friends, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a run through the colorful, fragrant fallen leaves, and a romp in the river. Just like every other day in his Adirondack paradise home.

Adirondack Autumn

Adirondack Fall Foliage September 30 2014

Please enjoy today’s eye candy treat from your busy hostess. The scenery has been breathtaking here in Lake Placid recently and today is another opportunity to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Carpe Adirondack Diem indeed.

Sounds of Fall in the Adirondacks

The Lifestyle hound and I were out for his morning constitution when we heard this din over the trees. It sounded like there was a fair amount of disagreement on which route to take south this year.

Peak Fall Foliage in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-25-14

Sunset’s glow on Lake Placid leaves.

This evening’s sunset provided the perfect light for a better-late-than-never Adirondack fall foliage report photograph. Double click on the photo for a larger view of today’s stunning fall foliage sunset.

Perfect Adirondack Day on the Agenda

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-24-14

This morning in the Adirondacks.

Today dawned colorful, clear, and crisp. As the sun broke through the morning mist rising from the lake, the obvious was revealed. Mother Nature has delivered one of those days when it would be an insult to stay indoors. You know what to do.

As usual, click twice on the photo for a larger view of today’s eye candy treats.

Happy Fall Equinox 2014 From Lake Placid

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-22-14 Fall equinox

Despite gray skies, the scenery around Lake Placid is colorful today, the Fall Equinox.

Photo credit: Edward Reed

Adirondack Lifestyle Fall Foliage Report September 19, 2014

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-19-14 2

The view this evening from HQ at Le Petite Adirondack Great Camp in Lake Placid, New York.

As you can see in today’s featured and unfiltered photo, to no one’s surprise, the leaves continue their colorful transformation in the Adirondacks. Some forecasts say the foliage is at mid-point, but I don’t see it. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, more or less, I’ll let my readers be the judge.

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-19-14Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-19-14

There are still more green leaves than not here at 2,200 feet today.

Click on a photo for a larger version and to make your own “percentage changed” call.

Happy weekend.

Late Summer in the Adirondacks

Sunset Mt Marcy in the Adirondacks 09-16-14

As you can see in this evening’s view from Le Petite Great Camp, late summer sunsets in the Adirondacks can put early foliage to shame. The rosy pink evening light that now reflects on our southern view is a reminder winter’s Alpenglühen is not far behind.

Deerdashian Fashion Faux Pas in Lake Placid!

Fashion Faux Pas in Lake Placid

Dim Deerdashian looks uncharacteristically disheveled this morning.

Allegedly just friends, but doesn’t Dim Deerdashian look like a deer caught in the headlights this morning when spotted sharing a very early breakfast with her new buck? It looks like someone didn’t even have time to get her winter coat out of storage for this morning’s rendezvous. Russet after Labor Day — this girl is not thinking straight!

And we’d love to know, who is this handsome, but lopsided fashion trendsetter who dares to get out front on the fashion-forward Deerdashian herd?

Click on the image twice for a larger version and better view of their mismatched outfits.

I will not anthropromorphize, I will not anthropromorphize, I will not anthropromorphize.  Clearly I can’t resist; my apologies to the resident biologist.

Adirondack Lifestyle Fall Foliage Report September 12, 2014

Includes a Discussion on When Leaves Change Where

Adirondack Fall Foliage 09-12-14

Low clouds obscure any sign of the High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York today.

Fall is in full swing in the Adirondacks. Although low-hanging gray clouds hug the mountains today, one can see colorful leaves scattered on the hardwoods.

Adirondack Changing Leaves 09-12-14

A bird’s eye view of changing maple leaves, responsible for most of the current color in Lake Placid.

As you can see in today’s featured photos, green remains the dominate color, punctuated by dabs of russet, orange, and gold. These pictures were taken this morning, 12 September at about 2,200 feet of elevation, just outside the Village of Lake Placid, N.Y. Readers have been asking when we expect “peak” viewing conditions in the Adirondacks and how will the leaves look the week of _____? I am not a scientist, although I don’t think they have a firm answer either, but I can offer empirical data based on my experience living in the Adirondacks for the last 27 years.

A good rule of thumb is the further north and higher in elevation you go, the sooner the leaves change color. One could conceivably catch three months of New York State peak foliage colors with a well-planned road trip from Lake Placid to Montauk. Leaves start showing color in the Adirondacks in August, depending on elevation and how much cold weather the region has experienced.

By now, in mid-September, we’ve normally enjoyed a few chilly nights. This morning’s temperature was 41; it felt cold and damp, like autumn. But it has been a warm late summer, so the resident biologist and I are calling the leaves only about 15 percent changed today. One would find a tad more color close to the top of Mount Marcy.

I hesitate to talk about “peak” viewing because beauty is subjective. Some foliage aficionados prefer the burnt burgundies and browns of late fall. But for those who want to see the greatest variety of colored leaves still attached to the trees, late September is usually the best time to be in the Adirondacks.

Weather conditions remain a factor until every last leaf is on the ground in late October, except the forsaken beeches. A dry summer followed by a windy, stormy early autumn can mean a less than ideal fall foliage season in the Adirondacks. The region around Lake Placid and the High Peaks has enjoyed a good growing season with few dry periods. This combined with the recent colder temperatures and nearly 100 percent foliage remaining on the trees, sets us up for a possible exceptional season. The weather forecast calls for slightly colder temperatures through the next week, which will help bring out the vivid red, gold, and orange shades that elicit awe in most humans.

If you’d like more information and current conditions on leaf peeping season in the Adirondacks, I Love NY’s foliage report is updated every Wednesday afternoon. I will put the link in the right sidebar for the fall season. I will continue my reports, but I reserve the right to post only a photo since they speak a thousand words and life is busy.

Finally, the best place to enjoy fall in the Adirondacks is outdoors. Out I must.