Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Airstream Photo Seminars

©Bert  Gildart:  In about a month (February 5 to February 10), Janie and I will be camped at Lazy Days RV Resort in Tucson, AZ, where I will be giving presentations on photography at an Airstream gathering.  At the moment we’re in Anza Borrego.


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During the gathering I’ll provide an hour-long digital slide show and that will be followed on subsequent days with several instructional photo walks.

My slide show will attempt to inspire the photo talents of those with Airstreams, using some of my best photography.  Subscribers to Airstream Life have seen many of these images in stories which I’ve been providing since the magazine’s inception.  Other images in the program have appeared in National Geographic books, Time/Life, Native Peoples Magazine, Field & Stream as well as many others.

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L to R:  Greeting the day at Apostle Islands NP; start trails at Chief Joseph; HDR image from Grand Canyon’s Desert View.

Most recently I have authored three books to include ones on Glacier, Montana and Shenandoah.


In addition to promoting national parks as ideal settings for photography, my talk will discuss lighting, composition and some brief discussions on manipulating photos using both Lightroom and PhotoShop.  The intent here is simply to show the possibilities now made possible with digital photography.  We’ll discuss depth of field, shutter speeds and the use of increased ISO’s (like 100 to 3,000) for action, wildlife and even for some night time photography.

The two photo walks will encourage participants to actively engage in the taking of photographs, and the setting will most likely be beautiful Saguaro National Park. I’m considering the idea of creating an “assignment list,” and then seeing what we might come up with.

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L to R:  Trails into the Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon NP; illegal immigrants crossing the Rio Grande this past December; cactus, Organ Pipe National Monument, showing close-up photo techniques.

Yes, I’ll carry a camera and tripod, and thought I may take a few photographs of willing participants, essentially I’ll be helping participants by holding reflectors and by offering suggestions for improving composition.


The overall intent is to have a good time and to learn more about the art of photography by the mutual sharing of ideas.  I’m hoping my 40-plus years of photo experience will work to the benefit of Airstream participants.


This Time Three Years Ago:

*Grand Transitions, Zion NP




4th ed. Autographed by the Authors

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Sometimes the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.

$18.95 + Autographed Copy

Big Sky Country is beautiful

Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State

Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

What makes Glacier, Glacier?

Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

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