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White Mountain Art

White Mountain art refers to the 19th century body of work by over four hundred artists who painted landscapes of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. One of the early artists to paint the area, and the artist widely known as the founder of the Hudson River School, was Thomas Cole, whose painting A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains (top) is considered one of the most famous of the early era of White Mountain art. But it was Benjamin Champney (Moat Mountain From North Conway, bottom) who eventually defined the “White Mountain School” of painting. Champney, a New Hampshire native, moved to North Conway in 1858 and spent the rest of his life painting the area. He was influenced by the Hudson River School style, but eventually developed a unique style of his own that attracted artists to North Conway from all over the country.

For more information and loads more paintings, visit WhiteMountainArt.com

December 14, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Way It is

Youtube: Bruce Hornsby And The Range – Mandolin Rain (Live 1987)

December 10, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

NPS Gives $873K For Trails

The National Park Service’s “Connect Trails To Park” grants have been awarded for 17 projects this year. The grants total $873,000, and are being given to places where national historic and scenic trails intersect with national parks and other Federal facilities. The full list of recipients can be found here, but it includes:

Rocky Mountain National Park, Continental Divide National Scenic Trail: $59,750 to build a new kiosk, pavilion, and entrance sign for the trail at Grand Lake.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Stanwix National Memorial, Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park: $30,485 to construct North Country National Scenic Trail waysides at Grand Marais, Michigan; Rome, New York, and; Dayton, Ohio

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: $35,000 to provide for Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail interpretive programming at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington.

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail: $45,205 to develop an “Explore the Outdoors, Your Life Depends on It” education program in Great Falls, Montana.

The grant program was established in 2008 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 52,000 mile National Trails System. The Trails System dates from 1968 legislation that created the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails. Today, the National Trails System is comprised of 11 national scenic trails (NSTs), 19 national historic trails (NHTs), and more than 1,050 national recreation trails (NRTs). (via Daily Dirt)

MP3: Jack Rose – Revolt

December 9, 2009 | Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

That Ghost

Daniel, Hanly and I went out to Breezy Point a few weeks ago with our friend, Earthwalker, and made a music video for That Ghost. Earthwalker ate some bad sand and we followed him around singing “Let Go, Let Go, Let Go” at the top of our lungs until the sun went down. Stereogum premiered it yesterday and you can watch it on Vimeo after the jump.

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December 9, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Constitution Marsh

Since 1970, Audobon has managed the Constitution Marsh, a 270 acre tidal marsh (a type of marsh found along coasts and estuaries of which the flooding characteristics are determined by the tidal movement of the adjacent estuary, sea or ocean) on the east shore of the Hudson, just south of Cold Spring, NY. (thx)

December 8, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

100 Days In Glacier

In 2001, a friend of mine and his father set out on a camping trip in Glacier National Park. It was a 14 mile hike from the trailhead to the campsite, and along the way, they met some doctors that were on the same journey. My friend sped up towards the end of the hike to see where they’d be sleeping, and while he was ahead, his father had a heart attack. The doctors found his father, did some life saving doctor things and had him airlifted out of the park to a hospital. There also happened to be a long distance runner already at the campsite who, the following morning after the helicopter came, ran down the 14 mile trail and the extra several miles to my friend’s car, and drove it back to the trailhead to save time for the rest of the group. It’s a hell of a story that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about all weekend. My friend’s father was at the party where the story was told and still keeps in touch and visits the doctors that saved his life. Great ending.

The above picture is from Glacier Park Magazine’s 100 Days In Glacier feature that celebrates the park’s 100th birthday in 2010. More after the jump.

December 7, 2009 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Parkscape U.S.A.

In 1966, to celebrate the Service’s birthday, an exhibit entitled PARKSCAPE was erected. This exhibit featured a conservation logo designed by the New York firm of Chermayeff and Geismar Associates consisting of 3 triangles enclosing three balls. The triangles represented the outdoors (trees and Mountains) with the 3 balls being the standard symbol for preservation.

In addition, the same firm designed a new seal for the Department of the Interior. Secretary Stewart L. Udall had attempted to change Interior’s name to either Department of Natural Resources or Department of Conservation, but this met with great opposition. He did, however, manage to have the seal changed from the buffalo to a stylized pair of hands holding a circle (sun) over two large triangles (mountains) which inturn were over nine small inverted triangles symbolizing water. The hands motif had been suggested by Vince Gleason as an abstract symbolizing that the Nation’s natural resources were in good hands.

Following closely on the heels of MISSION 66, Director George B. Hartzog, Jr. (1964-1972) came forth with a new agenda titled PARKSCAPE U.S.A. Among it’s facets was one that dealt with the upgrading and modernization of the image of the Service itself. Hartzog had become enamored with the logo of the PARKSCAPE exhibit and adopted it for his new program.

Hartzog used the occasion of an article in the July, 1966, issue of the National Geographic Society Magazine concerning the National Park System to launch his new program. He assured employees that the triangle symbol would supplement rather than supplant the arrowhead.

In 1968, however, when Secretary Udall adopted the new Interior seal (designed by Chermayeff and Geismar Associates), Hartzog seized the opportunity to replace the arrowhead with the Parkscape symbol. With the buffalo gone from the Interior seal, he rationalized, the arrowhead with its buffalo was no longer relevant. Field reaction to this move was nevertheless unenthusiastic, for the representational arrowhead was far better liked than the abstract Parkscape symbol.

Nevertheless, boards were made up by Chermayeff & Geismar showing how the new symbols would look on the various pieces of clothing, as well as on vehicles and signs.

On March 3, 1969, Acting Director Edward Hummel sent a memorandum to all regional directors ordering the removal of the arrowhead shoulder patch. “In keeping with the Director’s desire to act positively on field suggestions, it has been decided that effective June 1, 1969, Service emblem shoulder and cap patches will not be worn on any National Park Service garments,” he wrote. Before this unpopular directive could be implemented, Secretary Hickel reinstated the buffalo seal. Hartzog thereupon reinstated the arrowhead as the official NPS emblem and continued its use as a patch in a memorandum dated May 15, 1969. Perhaps as a gesture to the few supporters of the Parkscape symbol, he simultaneously ordered its retention as the official NPS tie tack.

(via the Badges and Uniform Ornamention of the National Park Service Page)

December 4, 2009 | Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Mikael Kennedy

I’ve been emailing with Mikael Kennedy back and forth for the past several months, and although the two of us live less than a mile from one another, we have yet to meet. Busy lives I suppose, although Mikael’s involves a bit more traveling, something that I’ve been trying hard to keep up with.

Peter Hay Halpert has posted a large online gallery of Mikael’s polaroids for your viewing pleasure, so go on over and be sure to take a look. No word on the show dates, but let’s hope it’s up sometime at the beginning of the new year, so the two of us can finally say hello.

December 4, 2009 | Art/Photography | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }



- “Witmansexual” by Antler

December 3, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Penfield Summit Classic

When it comes to camping, everything in the pictures/videos/magazines of yesteryear seems bigger. The shoes were thicker, the packs were heavier, and the coats were puffier. The down jackets that grace the covers and ad sections of old camping magazines would never be considered “performance gear” anymore. Rightfully so. But they’re sure as hell better looking (in most cases) and if you’re not worried about a torrential downpour while you’re going snowshoeing, then you really can’t beat a good down jacket. The Penfield Summit Classic does it right. A great 60/40 outer and goose down filling (80% down, 20% feather) make this jacket toasty and lightweight. And for those people that want to look like the pictures on this website, then Hudson, MA’s Penfield is probably just what you’re looking for.

December 2, 2009 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }