Adirondack Lifestyle Fall Foliage Report September 19, 2014

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Finally Fall Arrives in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Lifestyle Fall Bouquet 2014


It finally feels like fall in Lake Placid. The weather has been delightful but unseasonably warm this September in upstate New York. Tonight is a game changer; temperatures could fall below 40 degrees here at HQ. Suddenly I notice the fall flowers are fading fast, the seeds soon to be covered by a blanket of snow, rich with promise and dreams of next year’s bloom.

Let’s hope that blanket arrives sooner versus later, and is a nice, deep, fluffy one!

Adirondack Fall Foliage Report September 5, 2014

See an outdoor recreation P.S. after the photos.

Adirondack Fall Foliage

Fall colors begin with a slight glow across the Adirondack Mountains in Lake Placid, New York.

Regular readers will recall I try to keep fans of the Adirondack Lifestyle apprised of the fall foliage each year. Today begins that effort for 2014.

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Fresh native flowers take me through three seasons in Lake Placid.

Click on the images for larger versions.

P.S. The weather has been unseasonably warm in the Adirondacks so far this September. With no chilly nights in recent memory, swimming is still great. Get it while you can!

Swimming in the Adirondacks

A Public Service Announcement

Swimming in the Adirondacks

Jump in, the water is fine!

It is time for the annual ‘hurry up and swim’ sermon.

Swimming in the Adirondacks has been especially delightful this summer. Sometimes, the sun fights an uphill battle against cloudy days and clear, chilly nights as it tries to warm crisp Adirondack mountain lakes and ponds. Not this year. An unusually consistent warm weather pattern heated the water nicely by mid-June and swimming has been great since then. With more than 3,000 pristine lakes and ponds to choose from, the Adirondack Region is a swimmer’s destination resort.

However, cool nights end Adirondack swim season and we’ve enjoyed a few chilly ones already. It is after all, late August, and as fall approaches swimmers are lucky to be swimming without wet suits. This means the end is near.

Clean, clear, and crisp water is inviting, but if you want to jump in an Adirondack lake, you’d better hurry because it will soon be cold.

Adirondack Eagle Flyby

It has been a busy summer here at Adirondack Lifestyle. To make amends for the recent spartan offerings, I present a video of my first eagle sighting, on the wing no less!

Although I’ve lived in the Adirondacks for 27 years, I had not seen a live eagle until earlier this month while paddling to the Saranac Lake locks. I was delighted to see not only one eagle, but two. Stunned, I watched as they flew past me and settled in to fish, each on their own limb of a tall dead tree. I was even more surprised to find this video of one eagle’s departing flight mixed in with the day’s collection of photographs.

Turn the sound up as high as you can to hear the sound of the eagle’s wings pushing through the air.

Carpe Adirondack Diem

Grab Today’s Perfect Adirondack Day – Rain is Coming

Mount Marcy from Mountain Pose.

Mount Marcy this morning from Mountain Pose.

The weather forecast tells us today is the last gorgeous Adirondack summer day we’ll see for nearly a week.  As you can see in this morning’s view from the mat, there is not a cloud in the sky here in Lake Placid. You may also notice a faint yellow glow to the hardwood leaves, already less perky and turgid. These are all clues late summer has arrived in the Adirondacks and fall is not far behind.

For these reasons and a few others I’m calling Carpe Adirondack Diem and suggest you do the same. (Regular readers will appreciate just how special today must be since I usually reserve Carpe Adirondack Diem for powder days.)

For me, a bike ride and then a swim is in order. If you need some ideas for other ways to take advantage of this perfect Adirondack day consider hiking, paddling, or strolling or running through the north woods. If this is a work day have a walking-around-town meeting.  Just remember the Adirondack lifestyle motto: it would be a shame to let a day like this go to waste.

Lake Placid Rainbow

Lake Placid Rainbow

Lake Placid Rainbow

A quickly passing cloudburst left behind a perfect moment of rainbow and moon in the Adirondacks this evening. Click on the image for a larger version of the photograph.