Month: September 2016

“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

“See America” Illustrates America’s National Parks

In August, the U.S. National Park Service celebrated its 100th year protecting the parks and helping park visitors enjoy the country’s scenic and cultural wonders.

Since summer vacations have come and gone for the year, thoughts of trips to those parks made this year may already be fading from memories of those who enjoyed what the writer, Wallace Stegner, and documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, have called “America’s best idea.”

But this post-Labor Day, pre-Thanksgiving period is an excellent time to be conjuring up a 2017 national park visit.

And a good way to visualize that next trip is by reading See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites.

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Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

Priced Out of Nature: The High Cost of a National Park Vacation

“$30 park fee?” That’s what my wife said after reading an article in our local newspaper about what it costs to “get in the door” at Grand Canyon National Park.

(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)
(Grand Canyon National Park Flickr Photo)

That sounded high to me, so I checked the park’s Website.

Yep, it’s $30 for a 7-day pass for a single non-commercial vehicle and its passengers.

Only staying part of one day? Just doing a “drive-thru”? It’s still $30.

Come on a motorcycle and you’ll save $5. Come on foot and keep $15 in your wallet.

Still, it seems like a grandiose fee to see that grand view.

But what about the other national parks? What are the entry fees there?

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“Painting” Photos with The Prisma App

“Painting” Photos with The Prisma App

Beach-Umbrella-Detail_thumbAs I’ve pointed out in the past, sometimes it is possible to “salvage” a less than optimum, blurry, or just plain bad photo and turn it into a “work of art” using special effects features in a photo editing program.

And the same software can be used to convert a boring shot into one that is far more eye-catching.

For years I’ve used Adobe’s Photoshop Elements, the “Lite” version of its flagship product, Photoshop, to create alternative, more “artistic” renditions of photos taken with my point-and-shoot digital cameras.

But I recently stumbled upon an even better way to turn photos in to “paintings” – the Prisma app for smartphones and tablets.

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