Awoke this morning just before dawn to a crystal clear sky. Looking east over the frozen surface of Lake Placid a slight glow from the emerging dawn beckoned! Snowshoes…check!, gaiters… check!, camera…check!, tripod… check! The cold, crisp air and the awesome silence, broken only by the sound of my snowshoes crunching in the new powder are more stimulating than the best cup of coffee! The sky continues to lighten as I make my way around a portion of the western shore of this magnificent place. Life is good… Very good indeed. Soon the sun is risen, and the hardwood forest comes alive with light!