Adirondack wilderness guide Paul Gibaldi has published his second book: “Seasons of the Adirondacks: A Photographic Journey.”
It features dozens of photos taken by Gibaldi in the Adirondacks, including exquisite images of wildlife, scenery and some large game fish.
The book also includes some of his philosophy about life.
Gibaldi likes to say his office is “the whole Adirondacks.”
The 6-million-acre Adirondack Park is also where he found joy and peace after a near-fatal traffic accident 28 years ago. His sister, Lee, was a front-seat passenger and was killed instantly in the crash. Gibaldi was thrown from the back seat through the front window. His brother, Joseph, the driver, suffered lesser injuries, though also serious.
Gibaldi, then a 23-year-old college graduate, was in a coma for two months after the crash, and had to relearn how to walk, talk and think.
‘Seasons of the Adirondacks: A Photographic Journey’
Author: Paul L. Gibaldi
Published by: Open Door Publishers, 70 pages
How much: $39.95
His first book, “Spirit of the Adirondacks: A Photographic Journey,” was published in 2007.
“I draw all my peace from the Adirondacks,” said Gibaldi, a practicing Roman Catholic. He maintains that the beauty of the Adirondack wilderness reflects the beauty and peace of God.
He eventually recovered from his injuries and studied to become an Adirondack guide. He has been a guide for 25 years.
His new book, which is published by Open Door Publishers of Malta, continues the theme of God and nature.
“The purpose for this book is to relay God’s tremendous, powerful and awesome beauty in his majesty called The Adirondack Mountains,” Gibaldi writes.
“These mountains were created for us to enjoy their striking depth of scenic beauty to the subtleness of a killdeer’s nested eggs.”
He, his wife, Laura, and their four children live in the Warren County town of Queensbury. As a guide, he said many of his clients are repeat customers, and many come from the greater New York City area. He grew up in Tappan in Rockland County. The book is available through Open Door, www.opendoorpublishers.com.