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Can you believe it’s September already? Summer has flown by for us, too. This month we’re offering some free stuff to help you all transition to fall!
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Everyone’s gearing up for Glacier National Park’s big 100th birthday bash in 2010. What a party it will be!
We are celebrating with a gorgeous new book by C. W. Guthrie. The staff voted for our favorite image, and here is what we chose:
NAME: Theresa Rush
TITLE: Photo Librarian
YEARS AT FCP: 4
INTERESTING TIDBIT: Sometimes referred to as "Mother Theresa" around FCP, Theresa enjoys the sound of rock ‘n roll music and has an ever-growing collection of elephant statues.
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"I knew instantly my vote was for the photo of Gertie. It’s a classic Mel Ruder shot of Glacier during the fifties. This photo made Gertie (and Glacier) famous around the world. I just love it."     

"It's an iconic image that perfectly captures the time period. . . and has a strong sense of nostalgia."   - Jessica Solberg, Editor

"It epitomizes your experience of Glacier–surrounded by wilderness without leaving the car.".   - Sue Johnson, Sales

"This image brings back memories of childhood trips to Glacier with my family. However, my dad would never let us roll down the windows and feed the bears."   - Theresa Rush, Photo Librarian
For more info on Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years click HERE.
Chapter 1, Kate Bender: The Benders’ Bloody Inn
Dr. William York reined his horse toward the Bender Inn. It had been a long day on the Osage Road and he was tired and hungry. He didn’t think he could make it another five miles to the small town of Cherryvale. In retrospect, he should have pushed on…

Click HERE to download the entire chapter for FREE!
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To visit Glacier National Park’s new official centennial website click HERE.
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Chuck Haney
John Lambing
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Three questions with Chuck Haney and John Lambing, photographers for Montana: Unforgettable.

FCP: Are you guys weekend photographers or have you made “the transition” to full-time photographers?
CHUCK: Photography is my career. I seem to try and incorporate most of my "fun"
activities into my images. I'm lucky, I don't know where the line between work and fun begins and ends! I teach a lot of photography workshops, which has been very rewarding, in terms of all the friends that I have made along the way.
JOHN: I’m still a weekend photographer. I work as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey conducting water-quality studies. Many of my weekends and other days off are spent exploring and hiking to search for new scenes to photograph. Then it’s back to work on Mondays.

FCP: Are you gear junkies?
CHUCK: No! Less whistles and bells means more creativity. I do REALLY enjoy the new technology in the camera and the editing software, however.
JOHN: I understand the appeal of all the new digital technologies, but I prefer to keep things simple with a reliable, precisely machined camera that has produced high-quality results for me for many years. I still shoot medium-format film with a Hasselblad camera.

FCP: What were your hardest won shots?
CHUCK: Any involving hordes of biting mosquitoes!
JOHN: In the fall of 2001, I was shooting fall colors in Glacier National Park. I noticed a beautiful birch along the shore of Lake McDonald and pulled into a turnout. Normally, I always pack my pepper spray in bear country, but I figured I wouldn't need it so close to the road. I rushed down to the shoreline and started looking for a good composition. I finally found the shot I wanted just as two women strolled out on the point I was trying to photograph. I assumed they would soon leave after a quick look and the scene would be free of humans again. No such luck. One laid a blanket down to read a book and the other set up an easel to paint the scene. I groaned and kicked the gravel in frustration. To my surprise, I heard gravel kick up behind me. I turned to see a bear dashing through the vegetation up toward the road. I didn't get a clear look, but I assumed it was a brown-phase black bear.

At that point, all I could do to salvage the photo was to walk down the shoreline and ask the two women if they wouldn't mind moving around to the other side of the point, out of view. As I picked up my camera and tripod and started walking, I heard the gravel behind me again. I turned and saw that the bear had returned. And it was a griz. Oh crap, I thought to myself. He’s between me and my vehicle and, like an idiot, I left my pepper spray in my car. Am I finally going to become a statistic and get mauled only yards away from a busy road?

Knowing enough not to run, I continued walking as calmly as I could toward the women with the hope that their vehicle would be our refuge. I actually felt conflicted about heading towards them since I had a grizzly bear walking behind me stride for stride. But I hoped we could hustle up to their car and get clear of him. Glancing back a few times without making direct eye contact, I could almost sense that this bear had no aggressive tendency. He didn’t make a run for me or in any way look threatening, although he could have torn me apart in a split second.

After making it to the point where the women were, I yelled to them that I had a bear behind me and we needed to get up to their car quickly. After they reacted with appropriate alarm, we all hustled up to their car and were relieved that the bear didn't follow. But we also couldn’t see him and didn’t know whether he continued down the beach or was hiding in the brush.

It didn’t matter–there was a beautiful birch waiting to be photographed and the evening light wasn’t going to last forever.

We drove down to my vehicle to get my pepper spray. I carefully headed back out to the beach to retrieve their blanket and easel. Not encountering the bear, I assumed he moved on and the coast was clear. I rushed back down the beach with my camera to the golden birch and snapped a few shots just before the sun went behind the ridge. They turned out pretty well, and one got published in the 2002 Montana Magazine calendar for October (see photo at top right or click here). And I have never forgotten to carry my pepper spray with me since that memorable day.
Get your book signed! Book signings for September and even a few in October have been planned. There will be signings for A Taste of Wyoming: Favorite Recipes from the Cowboy State and The Great Monte Mystery. To see the full list of locations and times click HERE.
In October... we plan to have another Q&A, a free recipe from our new cookbook, and much more. So keep us bookmarked!

A bear known as Gertie and her two cubs look for a handout in this iconic 1958 photograph by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Mel Ruder of the Hungry Horse News.
Mel Ruder. Courtesy Patsi Morton and Glacier National Park Archives.
Take a walk on the wild side and download a chapter of the new book Bedside Book of Bad Girls: Outlaw Women of the American West for free.