Inside the Rustic Cabin at the Adirondack Museum

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Here are a few interior views of the rustic cabin on the hill of the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.  It was very dark inside with all light being natural coming in from the windows. Here we are upstairs and you can see the beamed vaulted ceiling.  We are ready for bed after we sit at the desk to write a letter and turn on the pot bellied stove to take the chill out of the air. There is a “sink” or pitcher there to wash up and even a chamber pot for the middle of the night.

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/20 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/20 sec, 24 mm Lens

Another room next to this one.  Lay down and take and nap and wake up refreshed in the Adirondack air:

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/13 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/7.1, 1/13 sec, 24 mm Lens

Fall Color at the Adirondack Museum

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The Rustic Cabin on the hill at the Adirondack Museum was full of great Adirondack furniture.  The cabin was surrounded by trees in fall leaf splendor.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 32 mm Lens

Adirondack Museum Reflections

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This little pond at the Adirondack Museum is full of large rainbow trout and other great fish.  The open building reflected in the pond houses several famous boats and the Raquette Lake train.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/100 sec, 24 mm Lens

Adirondack Furniture at the Adirondack Museum

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In one of the new displays at the Adirondack Museum they of course have a display of some fine Adirondack furniture.  These are made of yellow birch sticks and white birch bark turned in different directions to give color variations. They also use red dogwood.  Many famous camps in the Adirondacks were full of this whimsical furniture.

ISO 2000, F.5.6, 1/60 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F.5.6, 1/60 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens

Adirondack Museum in the Fall

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On the first day of Fall this September here is a part of the Adirondack Museum with Blue Mountain in the background just starting to turn red and gold.  This low building is where they have the famous boat collection such as Rushton’s canoes, the boat shop and Nessmuck’s original “Sairy Gamp” canoe he took through the Adirondacks in the late 1880’s.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/160 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/160 sec, 40 mm Lens

Ice Axes at the Adirondack Museum

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There are many fascinating exhibits at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake and sometimes you find surprising things like these Ice Axes or Ice Hammers.  These are particularly old and well made with side straps of steel going down the handles.  They were used by climbers in wintertime going up the tall mountains in the Adirondacks.  I wish I knew all the places and adventures these axes had been on.  Even the original surveyors of the mountains of the Adirondacks used these while carrying all their transits and gear to the top of unknown ranges.

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 80 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 80 mm Lens

Snowshoes at the Adirondack Museum

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In the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain lake they have many original and remarkable snowshoes displayed.  I think they are of the highest artform and useful too up here in the cold Winters.

Here is a super wide bearpaw style snowshoe:

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 45 mm Lens

Here are special traditional moccasins with lining used with snowshoes:

 

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 50 mm Lens

Adirondack Packbaskets at the Adirondack Museum

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At the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake they had many displays of the making of Adirondack Pack baskets.  These are my favorite type of baskets and I have previously visited the shop of Jack Leadley and shown photos of his world famous baskets.  Here is a large display showing some of the tools of the trade and baskets in various stages being made:

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4.5, 1/60 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 47 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 73 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/90 sec, 73 mm Lens

This last basket is pretty torn up and worn, but is one of my favorites with a nice “Belly” on it.

ISO 2000, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/6.7, 1/125 sec, 50 mm Lens

Adirondack Guideboat Museum in Blue Mountain Lake

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I love visiting the Adirondack (formerly Guideboat) Museum in Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.  I will share a few photos from a trip I took just this past July for a few days.  The Adirondack Museum is spectacular and houses hundreds of famous boats and canoes including Nessmuck’s “Sairy Gamp” and the “Wee Lassie”.   They have a live demonstration in their boatshop of a Adirondack Guideboat being made:  Here they are putting on planks on the ribs one at a time, carefully beveling them so they can be tacked together and screwed to the ribs for a watertight fit.

ISO 640, F/7.1, 1/40 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 640, F/7.1, 1/40 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 640, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 640, F/7.1, 1/25 sec, 24 mm Lens

After Sunset on the Erie Canal in Brockport, NY

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In a nearly identical area to the photo presented yesterday, this is the Erie Canal after sunset just West of the Main Street Bridge in Brockport, NY.  There have been several nights on the Erie Canal when the sky has turned this beautiful purple color, but always after the sun has totally set and is just glowing.

ISO 100, F/9, 1/30 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/30 sec, 24 mm Lens