Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Review - The Adirondacks: Season by Season

The Adirondacks: Season by Season by Carl Heilman II, Rizzoli New York, 2017

Have you ever visited the Adirondacks?  Did you know that they cover more ground than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined?

The Adirondacks: Season by Season focuses on the changing seasons and how they transform the landscape.  This hardcover edition contains 208 pages with 150 color photographs.

There are 6 chapters:
  • Covered in Snow: January and February
  • The Big Thaw: March and April
  • Awakening: May and June
  • Summerfun: July and August
  • The Fall Spectacle: September and October
  • A Quiet Transition: November and December

Each chapter covers a different area of the park, featuring Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Lake George and the Fulton Chain, among others.

The photographs showcase colorful frozen waterfalls, snowy owls at the Wildlife Refuge, sand spring flowers carpeting the forest floor, and a real "wow" moment when photographer Carl Heilman captures a multitude of stars dazzled by the auroras in April.

Rainbows stretch across Brant Lake, loons dance and glide over the water, a baby fawn nestled in the thickets, cairns along a trail, trees shrouded in mist, colorful leaves blanketing the earth, icicles along the shoreline, and my personal favorite - a shot of an Adirondack chair on a dock that faces crystal clear water stretching to the forest beyond.  I can picture myself sitting there at either sunrise or sunset.

I have never had the pleasure of visiting the Adirondacks in person, but after viewing the photographs in The Adirondacks: Season by Season I know that a trip there is in my future.  In the meantime I will enjoy the book and try to decide which season and area to visit first.  

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(I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Photo images are the property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced without consent.) 


  1. This looks beautiful! Have you ever thought about hiking all the 46ers in the Adirondacks? I heard they have a nice lodge there and that it is a popular place for hikers.

    1. Would love to - too much to do and too little time.... :-)

  2. Yes, I've been to the Adirondacks!! I grew up there and my mother lives in Lake George now. It's the most beautiful place on earth :) I've met Carl Heilman as well--great photographer.

    1. I have always wanted to go there. We were supposed to go there for our honeymoon but had to cancel. Here we are, 32 years later, and still no honeymoon.... :-)


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