The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the Light was spoken.
I'm a little late in getting to this post. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as we prepare to move across the country to our new home on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. More on that a little later…
Grand Manan Island is one of our favourite spots in New Brunswick; Hana and I have visited it together every year and we wanted to make sure we made one last trip before we left the province. It's a rugged, beautiful, and moody place with wonderful light—a photographer's dream. Lots of fine trails to explore, too.
Red Point Trail is a short hike through part of Anchorage Provincial Park near Seal Cove. Views across the bay toward Wood Island can be seen early on the trail as it winds through low alder bushes. Continuing through mixed woods, one can catch occasional glimpses of the island's two main geological formations—red sedimentary rock and younger, gray volcanic rock—before dropping down to Long Pond Beach.
Our second day on the island saw us tackle something a little longer—a hike out towards Eel Lake, thought to be the crater of an old volcano. Our 20-year-old hiking guide described the trail as an "old woods road", but we soon discovered a lot of more recent logging activity in the mixed woods. Parts of the trail are quite overgrown with many offshoots, making the use of a compass necessary. Negotiating ruts and slippery snowmelt mud, we finally stumbled on a cabin at the end of the trail, where we paused for lunch.
Our final day took us by ferry to White Head Island, named for its white quartz headland. We followed the Battle Beach trail towards the lighthouse and beach at Sandy Cove, stopping along the way to explore the edge of a bog and "sunken forest" ecosystem, and trying—unsuccessfully—to locate a local geocache, although we found lots of other treasure, as you can see from the shots.
Yesterday saw us at Hays Falls, near Meductic, New Brunswick. It's been a year-and-a-half since we last visited, and yesterday was our first winter trip.
Still lots of snowpack in the forest—more than knee deep in places—but well compacted on the main trail to make for an easy hike, with eyes peeled in the more open areas for icy sections.
The trail to the falls is an obscure fork off the main Indian Trail, an old Maliseet portage and national historic site. It's a short hike—about an hour, return—and very rewarding. The trail ascends a beautiful hardwood ridge, then gifts you with the creek and falls at the end. Spectacular, even more so in winter.
After dabbling with EveryTrail.com yesterday, I decided to check out a few alternative websites that also offered display of geotagged photos: Panoramio, Picasa (both operated by Google), Flickr, and Locr.
Of the four, Picasa, Flickr, and Locr read the geo-metadata of the images and displayed them without a hitch, whereas Panoramio failed to display my images at all. I liked the minimalist displays offered by Picasa and Flickr but, for me, Flickr had the aesthetic edge; the photo thumbnails on the Picasa map are a nice touch, but result in a cluttered view at standard zoom levels. Locr is capable of generating a slideshow display, complete with auto-generated location-specific facts at the top of the page. Very nice!
Each of these sites has an upload limit (monthly, total, or both), but each also offers additional hosting space and relaxed uploading limits if upgrading to a paid account. As far as I could tell, none of these services offered embedding of generated maps into a webpage, at least not directly. Also, each focuses solely on photos, compared with EveryTrail — admittedly, designed for a different audience — which is capable of displaying photos, video, and GPS track, waypoint, and altitude info in an embedded map.
Depending on your needs, and where you already host your photos, any of these sites are quite capable of displaying your geotagged shots (I'll revisit Panaramio — I suspect user error!).
For me, EveryTrail comes out on top. The site is well designed and intuitive, with an active user base, and the ability to host and map both photos and video is a treat. What really sets it apart from the other sites is its inclusion of GPS data on the map. Track and waypoint information provide much more context to geotagged images than simple location information as images can be associated with a particular trip and browsed in sequence. Move your cursor over an embedded map and you're presented with the option to display trip statistics: speed and altitude changes over time during the trip. Best of all, the site is free, has great support (that metadata problem I had yesterday? — fixed, thanks to the forums), and Chris McCarty wrote to say that they have no upload limits. Excellent! And if you own an iPhone, there's even more to love.
Armed with a camera and GPS, we spent an hour walking around the neighbourhood this afternoon. I'm enjoying photography more and more of late, and I wanted an easy way to geotag my shots and display them on a map. There are a few options out there; I thought I'd give EveryTrail a try first.
EveryTrail is very intuitive to set up and use, and produces very nice Flash maps (above). However, it seemed to have problems reading the GPS metadata correctly in my photos, requiring me to manually locate each shot on the map — not a deal-breaker with 8 pictures, but this would prove tedious with a longer trip. If you have used EveryTrail yourself and have any tips, please do share them.
I hope to try some of the alternatives over the next few days; I'll post my experiences here when I do.
Do you geotag your photos? What online services do you use to display your trips?
Chris Corrigan's powerful and poetic re-visioning for group facilitation of Joseph Goldstein's "four reflections" mindfulness practice:
1. Be aware of possibility. What is possible right now? What is the gift of the present moment? If we were to think about what we could do right now, what would be the most valuable thing we could do?
To get right down to Yellow Flower River
I am less interested in coercing people into moving towards a new way of doing things so much as stripping some of the crap away to let what has always been there thrive and survive.
Some 13 years ago my world was filled with a wide variety of characters, many of whom I considered progressive thinkers, inspirational and ageless, with what seemed to me to be a shared vision for a common future.
Since that time, my life experience has, of course, deepened, and so too my exposure to the hopes, dreams, fears, and strongly-held convictions of many more people from many more places—those typically "identified" as "Boomers", "Gen Xers", "Gen Yers / Millennials"—while I, concurrently, have sought to better understand myself and how I have changed, and will continue to change, with time.
And while I may still wince at broad categorizations of any kind—particularly if such divisions are created or imposed by an entity other than the individuals themselves—I can no longer fail to notice frequent differences in attitudes and opinions between generations.
Am I embracing a stereotype?
No. But a recent post by Umair Haque gave me pause for thought. Here is an excerpt:
Dear Old People Who Run The World,
My first reaction on reading this was a sad nod of agreement.
On reflection, however, these differences of opinion need not be generational. While the philosophies portrayed in the first half of each couplet may, arguably, be more prevalent in my parents' generation, I still feel we have a long way to go before a more significant shift occurs to move us away from such attitudes in my own generation or in those some 20 years younger.
And that, I believe, is Haque's point—to provocatively remind us to not doom ourselves to repeat these mistakes, but to create new role models, both for ourselves and those who follow.
To better identify, connect, and collaborate with those individuals who share a more sustainable vision for our future, regardless of generation or however else society chooses to classify people.
To understand divisions and differences and transcend them through our words but ultimately, and most importantly, through our actions.
Spent most of the morning at the Devon Middle School vegetable garden, weeding and building trellises for the rapidly growing beans. Some reflections:
Some thoughts on teaching, learning, and the process of communication. Posts on these pages are collected under the following categories:
Ambience: a grab-bag of words, sounds, and pictures.
Projects: completed works and works-in-progress.
School: items of educational interest.