Put In Bay, OH, with Ron Gaskins & Amanda Haddox

Put In Bay is just offshore from Port Clinton, Sandusky and Marblehead, Ohio, but it is a special world all its own! (Yo Ho Ho) Put In Bay is located on South Bass Island on Lake Erie, and has many attractions, such as the South Bass Island Lighthouse, Heineman’s Winery (and a bottle of Rum), the Put In Bay School, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, the Put In Bay Town Hall, the Butterfly House, Oak Point & South Bass Island State Parks and more! Oh, and one more thing…. It’s a pirate weekend! “Pyrate Fest X: X Marks the Spot!”

This is just part of a full and exciting weekend along the shores of Lake Erie, which will also include the Sandusky Historic District and Waterfront, the Merry-Go-Round Museum, the Port Clinton Lighthouse, the Trinity Aviation Museum, and the famous Marblehead Lighthouse & Keeper’s House. There will be many locations and attractions to visit as Ron and Amanda teach photography methods and techniques.

We’ll ride the ferry from the mainland to the island; we’ll travel the island on our deluxe golf carts, keeping our own schedule as we go from one location to the next. While our schedule and locations may vary, due to weather and other variables, we’ll maintain a busy pace throughout the weekend.

WHEN: June 22 – 24, 2018. All registration will close on May 22, 2018.

WHERE: Marblehead, OH, will be our center of activities, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Our workshop will include locations in Marblehead, Sandusky, Port Clinton and Put In Bay.

LODGING: We have arranged for specially priced lodging at the South Beach Resort, located in Marblehead, OH. Two lodging options are available (plus taxes & fees):
Standard Courtyard Room: Two queen beds, flat screen television, single person Jacuzzi, and a Keurig coffee maker…for $169/night.
Deluxe Queen Water View Room: Two queen beds, flat screen television, two-person Jacuzzi, walk-out patio, and a Keurig coffee maker…for $199/night.

WHO: We are welcoming 14 clients for this workshop. This is a firm limit, due to our travel accommodations.

FEE: Our regular fee will be $340.00, which includes all workshop instruction; ferry tickets, golf cart rental, admission to selected venues, and lunch on Saturday; We are also offering an “Early Bird” discount fee of just $289.00, a 15% savings, for registration made and paid by April 9, 2018, by 11:00 pm (plus taxes).

CONTACT: Please email MountaineerPhotoExcursions@gmail.com with questions or to register.

NATIONAL PARKS: Petrified Forest National Park Story and photographs by Jerry Ginsberg

Rainbow near sunset over the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ.

Rainbow near sunset over the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park, AZ. © Jerry Ginsberg

After searching for new and fresh images on federal lands for more than two decades, I can say that there seems to be two types of national parks: those that are heavily visited and those that are too often overlooked in favor of the big names, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone.

One of the less well-known precious gems is Petrified Forest National Park on the eastern edge of Arizona. Weighing in at about 300 square miles, one can easily drive the single road in this compact national treasure from end-to-end in less than half a day. Ah, but then you would be missing all the fun!

President Theodore Roosevelt invoked the Antiquities Act to create Petrified Forest National Monument in 1906 to protect enormous fossilized trees that have actually been turned into brilliant multicolored stone by some 220 million years of water, heat and pressure. The Petrified Forest became a national park in 1962. The park is a treasure trove of the fossilized bones and remains of dinosaurs and other Triassic creatures—such as the recently discovered skull of a phytosaur named Gumby. A trip here can be a fascinating experience for anyone. Continue reading

7 Tips for Air Travel with Gear by Jeff Parker

© Jeff Parker

© Jeff Parker

Image and text by Jeff Parker

1) Disguise your gear. 

You don’t want your bag to scream “Expensive photography equipment inside!” so make sure it looks like any other bag—or, make it look worse (perhaps you can even have a bit of fun making it look “extra” undesirable).  Cover up or remove any easily recognizable logos like “Canon” or “Nikon.”  A bit of black electrical tape works well.  Continue reading

NATIONAL PARKS: Kenai Fjords NP by Jerry Ginsberg

Story and photographs by Jerry Ginsberg

Three Hole Point, a unique rock formation in Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. © Jerry Ginsberg

Three Hole Point, a unique rock formation in Aialik Bay in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. © Jerry Ginsberg

In 1980, seven Alaska parks were created in one fell swoop. Specifically, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (or ANILCA) was passed by Congress on November 12, 1980 and signed into law a couple of weeks later. Among other things, the act provided for more than 43 million acres of new national parklands in Alaska. Kenai Fjords National Park is one of them.

Giving birth to Kenai Fjords came with some really sharp labor pains. The local citizenry was initially opposed to setting aside these lands, but they came to enthusiastically support their expansion as they experienced the injection of tourist dollars into their local economies. Continue reading