Lake Tear of the Clouds

“Lake Tear of the Clouds” (18”x14”, 2020) is a felted rendering of one of my favorite places in the Adirondacks. This little lake, nestled beside the trail junction for the paths leading to the summits of Marcy, Skylight, and Gray, is the highest pond in New York and the headwaters of the Hudson River.*

I enjoyed standing at the shoreline after summiting each of the surrounding peaks, admiring the saturated colors of the High Peaks region and watching how the sun’s effect on the surface of the water and the face of Marcy changed throughout the day. Those peaks were my final 4000’ers; it was my last day of hiking before saying goodbye to the region and driving 17 hours south. In “Lake Tear of the Clouds,” I celebrated that beautiful send-off.

*Trivia: It’s also where Theodore Roosevelt was when he learned that William McKinley had taken a turn for the worse and that Roosevelt needed to return to the Capitol.

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