Photo Essay: Winter Whites

All I could think while driving up the narrowly winding, snow-covered road, nestled among towering trees without a house in visible sight, was that I had stumbled through the wardrobe and entered Narnia. “Winter wonderland” is the perfect description for Lake Placid—a lovely small town (and home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics) cradled in New York’s Adirondacks.

I visited the town for the first time with my boyfriend’s family during the last weekend of 2013; it was a wonderful way to finish up the year. We stayed in a beautiful home that was built in 1911 with all of its original details that sat right on the lake. Our lake-view room on the second floor looked straight out onto an uninterrupted coating of white. The rows of trees beyond the lake created a horizon line and a few distant houses dotted the background. Other homes were miles apart, separated by acres of snow-covered land. In the town, people walked right out onto the frozen lake for photo-ops or took dog-sled rides across it. I love how the snow and flat grey sky from that day helped create these seamless photos. The sparse white grounds capture the solitude and connection with nature that I felt during my weekend in Lake Placid.

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Lake Placid, NY

Melinda DiorioMelinda refers to herself as a “designer, dreamer, and adventure-seeker.” By day, she designs children’s clothing. By night, she practices yoga, reads, and works on her blog, Melinda’s Musings. On weekends, holidays, and vacation days, she travels! Without her adventure-loving boyfriend, she may have never embraced the travel bug so fully. Some of their favorite trips over the past few years include the Philippines, Guatemala, Amsterdam, and Arizona.

When not traveling or working, you can find Melinda sharing her adventures on her blog, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. She hopes you’ll join her for the ride!

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  1. Quyen
    QuyenJanuary 9,14

    Such a beautiful series of photos! I can’t get enough of the whiteout effect as it blends with the white background.

    • Lara Dalinsky
      Lara DalinskyJanuary 11,14

      Thanks, Guyen! Melinda did an exquisite job with these pics!