API wrapped up its 2016 offerings with our Peak Fall Color workshop, led by API staff instructor Johnathan Esper and myself. In accordance with our philosophy to guide participants to different sections of the Adirondack Park, as each are so varied and distinctive, we based ourselves out of Long Lake for a few days, then made our way to the Schroon Lake area. The Adirondack autumn put on colorful displays in both regions. The reds were the best we've seen in years! Near Tupper Lake, dwarf maples glowed pink and red in a marsh. More vibrant foliage lined the Raquette River and its rocky tributaries. Colorful trees overhung Palmer Pond, suffused to pastels by the rising fog.
For the first time ever, we were able to take participants to newly opened state land near Newcomb — a forest-lined pond with Kempshall Mountain rising majestically beyond. We also received special permission to photograph in the privately-owned Elk Lake-Clear Pond Preserve, which has possibly the most dramatic vistas of mountains and water in the Adirondacks. But maybe the highlight of our wanderings, was when Johnathan led us to open cliffs with views to the Great Range, where fall colors swept from alpine valleys up steep mountain slopes.
In the field and in the classroom we concentrated on the art of seeing, and tried to convey the essence of what we experienced and felt through our imagery. The art of seeing is a life-long endeavor. My goal is to keep learning, and to push the bounds of what can be captured with a camera. Many thanks to all those who joined us in that pursuit this year. I look forward to shooting with you again. We're currently working on our 2017 schedule, and plan to post it soon.
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