When winter gives way to spring and spring gives way to summer in New York State, where I live, I know what most people have on their minds: sun, warmth, the beach, travel, and vacation. But the warmest months of the year give me images of trudging in heat and humidity and through stands of poison ivy, brush, and briars while being harassed by marauding insects. In short, summer makes me think of my second-favorite season: winter (fall is my favorite).
Perhaps like me, lately you have been needing something to cool you off, something to take you away to a place that’s free of stifling heat and sticky humidity. I can’t give you an airline ticket to the Arctic, but I can give you something that will help you daydream of cooler times: photos.
What follow are ten images from New York’s two biggest hunks of public land: our six-million-acre Adirondack Park and, the little sister of that park, our 700,000-acre Catskill Park. Enjoy, and stay cool.
– Erik Schlimmer
Erik is the founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route and author of Blue Line to Blue Line.