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

Archive for July, 2013

Nikon, or the Camera in My iPhone? Sometimes Weight Wins

posted: July 30th, 2013 | by:Bert

©Bert Gildart: Janie has been convalescing, meaning she sleeps lots in the afternoon.  At such times I’ve occupied myself riding one of the bikes I brought with me from home in Montana.


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iPhone Camera photos made in relatively good lighting.  Limitations included
loss of detail in image one (when I enlarged slightly); inability to brighten shadow area on face of statue; and the difficulty
with the several second delay that occurs following the clicking of the shutter,  as
in image three.  Luck positioned the two riders rather than the realization that I had created acceptable composition.

 

All above images from Burke Gilman Trail


Seattle has lots of great bike routes but the most famous is the Burke Gilman trail, which follows a historic railroad route near the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  From here it proceeds north along Lake Washington to the Sammamish River. Along the way it passes the Hiram Chittenden Locks, Fremont Canal Park, Gas Works Park, University of Washington, Magnuson Park, Log Boom Park in Kenmore, Wayne Golf Course in Bothell and Blyth Park in Bothell.  In other words, the trail, which is about 60 miles long, provides riders with many splendid views.

Above, then, are three images taken with the camera in my iPhone, and I was amazed at its capabilities.  There are, however, limitations with what you can do.  Image sizes are relatively small, fill flash is weak, instantaneous composition impossible, ISO is pretty much standard, and post processing in PhotoShop is virtually nil.


PikePlace (2 of 15) PikePlace (1 of 15) PikePlace (20 of 1)

Nikon D-800E Camera Photos from Pike Place Market (previous posting), all taken in horrible lighting
but created using high ISO, much post-camera processing to include “Noise Reduction.” Here I was able to improve detail in shadows, reduce contrast, and preserve detail, not important for Internet photos (which is forgiving) but important for print publication (not forgiving).  Compare with above and I think you’ll see what I’m talking about.


But if your photography is confined to bright, sunny conditions, and if you can anticipate the timing of your subject, then you can probably get by with the camera in your cell phone; and as I poke around on Facebook I see that some have become quite proficient with the use of this small camera.

I intend to study iPhone Camera techniques because the difference weight wise can be as much as ten pounds.  Put in other words, if any intend to ride all of the Burke Gilman Trail, here’s where you might want to opt for the camera in your cell phone.


UPDATE:  AFTER ONE FULL MONTH IN SEATTLE, AND FOLLOWING SOME SERIOUS SURGERY, WE ARE HEADING HOME TO A FUTURE THAT SEEMS AS CERTAIN AS ANYONE’S FUTURE CAN SEEM.  WE ARE GRATEFUL TO DOCTORS AND TO THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AT THE COLLEGIAN HOSPITALITY HOUSE, WHO HAVE MADE US AT HOME DURING ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULTY TIMES OF OUR LIVES! THANKS AGAIN TO ALL. AND NOW WE’RE OUT THE DOOR FOR A SEVERAL DAY DRIVE FROM SEATTLE TO OUR HOME IN BIGFORK!

 

THIS TIME LAST YEAR:

*Sexton Glacier, One of Glacier’s Last

 

BOOKS FROM US THAT HELP YOU EXPLORE:

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. Often 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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Faces of Pikes Place Market

posted: July 27th, 2013 | by:Bert

©Bert Gildart: Want Dungeness crab, wild albacore, or wild medium shrimp? Want to purchase a specialty knife, wild tulips, yellow nectarines, packham pears, Fuji apples, wild Alaska King salmon, halibut, or fresh rainbow trout?

Whatever you want in the way of food items – or something perhaps a little on the funky side – most  likely you can get it at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle.


PikePlace (14 of 15)

Pike's Place Market

 


Named after the central street, Pike Place runs northwest from Pike Street to Virginia Street and remains one of Seattle’s most popular tourist destinations.  It is one of the nation’s oldest market places dating back to August of 1907.  The market is located about a 20 minute bus ride from the Collegiana — the hospital-affiliated apartment house where we’ve been  staying.


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CLICK ON ANY OF THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE

My interpretation of faces is liberal and includes fish, vendors and a man talking to his parrot. 
He struck a pose he thought I’d like, and I did.

The Market is built on the edge of a steep hill, and it consists of several lower levels located below the main level. Each features a variety of unique shops and restaurants, and understandably, it attracts all sorts of people.

That’s essentially what I’ve focused on here, and though I spent a total of about two hours, you could easy spend the day.


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For the first image I simply elevated my camera high above my head, held the shutter down and then looked to see what I got. 
With a little practice the technique works.  The young lady and her dog were watching from street level as people sauntered by. The oriental lady was selling flowers, seemingly by the case load. 

 

If you are interested in photography, this is a very special place. Simply point your camera lens in the right direction and try to blend with the masses of people who are in turn doing little more than watching people — watching people. Find your decisive moment,  then click your shutter.  Ideally, you’ll need a camera that will enable you to shoot at a high ISO.  You may also need to do a bit of post processing to reduce “noise” associated with a high ISO.

Here are some samples of what you can get with a little patience – and because my focus was essentially on the people poking along the “landing” let’s call this posting the “Faces of Pikes Place Market.”

 

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THIS TIME LAST YEAR:

*The Challenge of Dark Skies


BOOKS WE’VE PRODUCED FOR TRAVEL:


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. Often 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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Janie’s 500,000 Mile Tune Up

posted: July 24th, 2013 | by:Bert

©Bert Gildart:  My last posting – almost a month ago – mentioned a business trip to Seattle.  That business is nearing completion.

Like many of our friends we’ve found when we reach a certain age some of our parts may not work so well.   In other words  the carburetor may not carb,  the generator may not gin, and the pistons simply won’t  piss.  Time then for a 500,000 mile tune up, but one requiring some of the nation’s very best “mechanics.”  We are now convinced the talent she required resides at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle.


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View of Seattle not far from University of Washington Hospital.



But what happens after the overhaul?  Will the engine really turn over?  Sometimes it requires more than just good artisans.

Thankfully, in Jane’s case, it did; and now she wants me to say that it cranked  because of all the well wishes and prayers that readers, friends and family have provided.  It has also helped to have her brother Greg here and her daughter Karen.  Other family members wanted to come — but so not as to tire a convalescing  Janie, we asked them to stagger visits  – which they have done,  and will continue.

We now have one more pit stop and expect we’ll subsequently be heading home to Montana.  A little more rest and we hope to be resuming the exciting travel that has been so much a part of our lives.

For instance, at this exact time about a year ago, we were working on a book about Montana.  The year before that we were working on a book about Shenandoah.  And a year before that we were in Alaska (again, right about now) working on a story about WEIO, the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.  Because I have a hard drive with me that contains some of those Alaskan images, I’m including them here – as a kind of preview of the types of things we soon expect (with a little more time) to be covering again.


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Image from four years ago at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics in Alaska, just now winding down and the types of thing we
expect to be covering again — real soon.


And now, before closing I  want to say that the doctors out here at the University Hospital in Seattle have to be among the world’s very best! It is also imperative to emphasize that Janie’s strength and determination has been the catalyst behind her outcome.    She is one hell of a gal, and I believe she is  good for yet another 500,000 miles!

She (her words now) feels that the strength from her friends and family have gotten her to this point.

“See you all soon,” she emphasizes!!


THIS TIME LAST YEAR:

*Goats Glacier National Park


BOOKS ABOUT MONTANA AND GLACIER:

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. Often 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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Hottest Place in the World

posted: July 4th, 2013 | by:Bert

©Bert Gildart: Dateline Death Valley — specifically a southern point in this huge desert park known as  Badwater, which has just recorded its hottest average temperatures for June, peaking at 129ºF.  Average day time temperatures for that month were 109º, and at nearby Furnace Creek ground temperatures were 201º. The torrid temperatures  have prompted some to speculate that this may be the year that yet another heat record is created.  Typically, July in Death Valley is always hotter than June, and that was true on July 10th 1909 when the mercury at Badwater soared to 134º, making Badwater the hottest place in the world.

Location has something to do with temperatures and at 282 feet below sea level, Badwater has the distinction of being the lowest place in North America.


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L to R: Janie hikes across Devil’s Golf Course located just past Badwater; intense sun and low elevation create brutal conditions; Badwater, lowest
place in North America and hottest place in the world.


Despite the torrid conditions Janie and I camp in Death Valley every chance we get, just not in the summer!  It is the austerity that intrigues us and is the reason we’ve spent entire winters in this huge desert national park, once creating an exploring guide for Falcon Press.  Though we have no desire to return right now, we might very well head there this winter.  In the meantime, we’ll be watching the weather map, curious to see if the mercury soars just a few degrees higher.  If so, it may surpass the previous record set at Badwater, long the world’s hottest place.


AIRSTREAM TRAVELS THREE YEARS AGO:

*A Montana Sleazy Saloon? Standards Must Be High


BOOKS THAT WILL HELP YOU APPRECIATE MONTANA AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARK:

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. Often 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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Travels to Seattle

posted: July 3rd, 2013 | by:Bert

©Bert Gildart: Couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day as we completed our drive to Seattle. We stopped often along the way and got out of our truck to view the incredible Columbia River Gorge and to catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier, almost 100 miles away.


Janie (1 of 2) Janie (2 of 2)

L to R:  Janie back dropped by Mount Rainier; Janie at Columbia River Gorge Overlook


Six years ago Janie and I spent about a week hiking the trails of Rainier, and the day reminded us just how lucky we have been. It also reminded us that eastern Washington with its vast prairies offers some of the most spectacular vistas in America.

Note: I posted this first on Facebook, essentially because urgent travels limited time spent on the Internet.  (https://www.facebook.com/bert.gildart)  I doubt this link works from here, but if you’re on Facebook, that’s the link.  Now we’re ensconced in Seattle and I have time to catch up.  More on that later.


THIS TIME THREE YEARS AGO:

*Goats of Glacier


BOOKS YOU MUST HAVE TO ENJOY TRAVELING IN GLACIER AND MONTANA:


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. Often 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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