©Bert Gildart: Here at Pegleg the New Year was ushered in with barely a peep, but shortly thereafter all sorts of good news begin filtering in. Based on news from the first week of 2012 this could be a pretty good year for Janie and me.
First, I’ve just received an advanced copy of my new book, Glacier Icons, and I think (obviously) it represents high-quality work. Though the book consists of about a hundred images, essentially the book takes 50 large photographs (such as the one above and four below) and complements them with an essay. Smaller images round out the stories.
Typically essays are relatively short, but each packs in much information. Here are a few introductory excerpts:
*Throughout North America, many species of wildlife engage in ritualistic contests to determine male order of dominance. In the animal world, few contests are more vigorous or the ritual more complex than among mountain sheep…
*When one compares the various traits of the grizzly with those of the black, there is one distinct feature that immediately separates the two species. That, of course, is temperament… There is reason for this behavior which is linked with environmental features that existed long ago…
* Hard, wind-blown snow comes early to the park’s high peaks. It drives the elk down into the low country; it covers the boulder-strewn home of the mouse-like pika; and it sends the powerful grizzly bear scurrying to its den for a long winter’s nap. In fact, the rugged alpine country forces just about every type of creature to leave or hide. But there always remains a beautiful little one-pound animal, a bird called the ptarmigan…
SHIPMENT ON WAY
In several weeks we’ll have a shipment here at Pegleg of Glacier Icons. The book will sell for $16.85, and certainly we’re hoping that anyone going to Glacier might purchase a copy. Of course, you’ll be able to get it in Glacier or from Globe Pequot, but get it from us, and I’ll autograph and provide a personalized note.
There is yet more news. I am flattered that Bill, a fellow blog writer, singled out some of my photography and made it the focus of one of his postings. One day I’ll have to reciprocate, as I believe Bill is not only an excellent writer, but a top-notch photographer as well.
The other good news is that Globe Pequot has just shared with me the cover of a book about Shenandoah that Janie and I spent last summer updating. This, our fourth edition of Hiking Shenandoah, is much expanded and includes more on natural history. Additionally, all images are in color. The cover depicts Adam Maffei standing near Dark Hollow Falls. But the book’s interior also includes one of him climbing Old Rag, shown here.
There’s more yet to report, but I’ll save that for another posting. In this posting, more than anything else, I hope you’ll think, Glacier Icons.
Airstream Travels Three Years Ago: