A Few Photo Impressions of the Adirondacks

We have visited the Adirondack Mountains in N.Y. on a regular basis since 1972. Over the years, I scaled 38 of the 46 Adirondack peaks with summits over 4,000 feet. Most of my climbing was with my son and my brother-in law. My climbing days are over, but I’m still drawn to the region to enjoy the majesty of the mountains, its intricate history and its gleaming waterways. These photos were taken a few weeks ago when we enjoyed a wonderful family reunion in the Saranac Lake area of the Adirondack State Park.

Babson’s Farm Quarry

 
Babson’s Farm Quarry
 
 
 
It’s been many years since the last man was blinded
 
by steel from a hammer or sliver of stone.
 
It’s been a long time since a hand or an arm
 
was blasted away  at the  Babson’s Farm quarry.
 
 
 
It’s been many years since our bedrock  was cut
 
for  bridges and buildings and roadways and streets.
 
It’s been a long time since steam engines have fired;
 
when  monuments shaped from our granite rose tall.
 
 
 
It’s been many years and the hammers are silent;
 
the cutting and hauling and lifting are done.
 
It’s been a long time and the workers are resting;
 
this gift they’ve bequeathed us –  this jewel in the sun.
 
 
 
© Marty Luster 2012