SPRING IN THE CATSKILLS

There is a traditional Scandinavian saying - “Det finns inget dåligt väder bara dåliga kläder” which roughly translates as, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. At no point in the year are we more reminded of this than during springtime in the Catskill mountains.

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Temperatures can swing from below freezing to the high 70s is less than 24 hours. The ground changes its consistency like quicksand - varying from crusty snow drifts, to squelching boot sucking mud, to dazzling meadows filled with wildflower. And the seemingly endless barrage of winter snow, gradually transitions to precipitation of every kind. From damp morning hazes mysteriously suspended between the water level and the tree line, to violent storms with hale the size of golf balls. 

But through all this, there is a rugged beauty, and a determined wonder to behold as life claws back its territory from the frozen landscape. The cold white blanket that temporarily reversed life’s inevitable march recedes -  and when it does the Peeper frogs are the first to emerge, prematurely heralding the start of spring. Responding to their call are the song birds, then the wild grasses, then the tree buds, followed by the bounty of wild edible ramps, and finally the crescendo reaches its peak as the leaves unfold, blossom blooms, and the daffodils plume. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the silent monochrome landscape of the past becomes just as hard to recall as the present explosion of colour did just weeks before. 

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there is a rugged beauty, and a determined wonder to behold as life claws back its territory from the frozen landscape

This brief moment between winter and summer presents an unobstructed view of the forest, a blank canvas, and an opportunity for creativity. During rainy mornings cocooned in the thick canvas of raincoats is where many of our building plans and visions for summer reveal themselves.

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we encourage people to get outside whatever the weather - there’s always something different to see, to feel, and to realise when you leave the familiarity of home

At LMFFC we encourage people to get outside whatever the weather - because there’s always something different to see, to feel, and to realise when you leave the familiarity of home. For us, the Stutterheim raincoats has been our ultimate tool for uninhibited access to the outdoors this springtime. So now we’re delighted to offer them on loan to every guest at LMFFC. That way, whatever the weather or forecast, you can be assured of an outdoor experience without the soggy clothes to stifle your creativity or enjoyment.

Rather conveniently, they’re beautiful and stylish, so we thought we’d share a few pictures. They also happen to be made to last a lifetime - we’ll prove this in a follow up shoot in 2068 where the the same models will be withered and wrinkly from another 50 winters, but the jackets will be crisp, sharp and timeless. Until then, stay dry. 

All photography by Peter Crosby - @pbcrosby | https://www.petercrosbyphotography.com/