North Country bids farewell to prolific photographer

WADHAMS On June 4, the Adirondacks lost a treasured figure when Clyde H. Smith passed away at Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT. He was 76. A long-time resident of Wadhams, Smith spent much of his life as an avid outdoorsman and nature photographer. Over 20 books filled with his photographs have been published, several of which feature sites within the Adirondack Park. Smith was first published as a photographer in 1967 with a submission to Vermont Life magazine. He contributed photographs to Adirondack Life magazine from its inception in 1970, giving workshops and lectures to photographers into the latter part of the century. His photographs really defined Adirondack Life for a long time, said Elizabeth Folwell, creative director for the magazine. Though his love of natural surroundings took him on travels throughout the U.S. and Canada, Smith called the Adirondacks his home and was an active member of the Adirondack Mountain Club. I cant think of a wild place in North America that he didnt photograph, Folwell said. According to his daughter, Sally Smith, he was also well-known for the large flock of geese he cared for at his home in Wadhams. He loved the region, said Sally. He loved the people here. A memorial and celebration-of-life service for Smith will be held on July 27 at 1 p.m. at the "Breeding Barn" at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT with a reception to follow. All are invited to attend.

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