Month: January 2014

Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

Last Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section included stories by the section’s editor, Spud Hilton, on cruising Alaska waters on both small and large vessels.

Westerdam Sets Sail Sitka

imageOn Mother’s Day, 2009, the paper ran my first published travel story, a piece about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska. A similar story ran about three months later in the Dallas Morning News. And my story about Sitka, where the Russians handed over the keys to Alaska to the U.S. in the “Seward’s Folly” transaction, appeared in the Los Angeles Times the following April.

All three articles were based on my two-week journey through Southeast Alaska in June of 2008. After a stopover in Seattle, I flew to Sitka, took the ferry to Juneau, hopped to and from Glacier Bay in 6-seat planes, rode an overnight ferry to Petersburg, and finished the trip with a couple of nights in Ketchikan and a flight-seeing floatplane trip to aptly named Misty Fjords National Monument.

Here are a few photographic memories of the trip that launched my travel writing career.

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“The Square”: The Story Behind the Egyptian Revolution

“The Square”: The Story Behind the Egyptian Revolution

(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.)

The Square: The Human Story Behind the Egyptian Revolution (via The Cultureist)

Egyptian activist Ramy Essam (R) in Jehane Noujaim’s documentary THE SQUARE. Courtesy of Noujaim Films. By Margaret Barthel At the heart of every nation there is always an iconic communal place –a symbolic and physical space where we define and…

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Head Shots”

Travel Photo Thursday: “Head Shots”

Camera on Trip SilYou’ve shot a photo, but does it truly depict what you saw with your own eyes?

Well, that might depend on whether you left the image as it came out of the camera, or if you cropped it to cut out some of what appeared in the “full frame.”

Here are four different images, three of which were created by selectively cropping the original shot, the last photo that you will see in this series.

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