In June we traveled back to Mohonk Mountain House for an escape in the Catskill mountains. The resort was mostly empty due to the Covid quarantine. The deserted grounds allowed many of the native animals to return including deer, beaver, and even a black bear one evening. Later in the trip I photographed a beautiful Indigo Bunting at Skytop. We enjoyed watching the sunset from the balcony of our tower room. This year there was music on the lake which was perfect. Of course no trip to Mohonk is complete without hiking to Skytop at sunrise.
After a few days we traveled north to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The weather allowed for a fantastic drive up Mount Washington on the Auto Road. I collected a few panoramic photos before the storm hit the summit and I had to descend back to the Mount Washington Resort. Lisa joined up with Ava for the next week in NH while Yas and I traveled back to Mohonk.
The lack of travelers provided new opportunities this year. The Central Building Tower room was open and I quickly reserved this special room at 35% off. The CBT allows almost a 360 degree view from the top of the resort. It's decorated with a cathedral ceiling and a spa bathroom. The weather was gorgeous with clear skies, puffy clouds, and dramatic sunsets. At nighttime the lighted summer houses reflected over the lake.
Once again I ventured through the challenging rock trails of the Labyrinth. My wide angle lens allowed some new perspectives this year. We finished the trip with a rainbow over the gardens followed by an incredible sunset from our tower room.
© Mark Etter Underwater Photography