For almost 40 years I have gone here, like a pilgrim, to renew my contact with nature and feed my need for beauty and wonder. It is as interesting to me now as it was then. Traipsing through Bear Mountain and Harriman State Parks with my camera and covering it’s 300 miles of trails multiple times, I have finally compiled the photos. Surprisingly I found, there was never a book of photographs produced to document them. It is an extraordinary place and I am delighted to share the parks as I have experienced them – in every corner, in every season. With over 30 lakes and numerous streams and brooks it is a treasure trove of nature a stones throw from New York City and the densely populated metropolitan area. Here you may lose yourself in a wilderness where our work is disallowed, where our hopes and plans have no standing.