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Sailing Stones At Another Racetrack

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Moving rocks
Death Valley, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

One of the things I most eagerly wanted to see during our trip to Death Valley were the sailing stones at the Racetrack Playa, having learned about them many decades ago when I was attending design school.  However, a month or so before we went out to explore that vast area with my dad and sister, vandals struck the Racetrack and created 10-miles of ruts in the delicate dry lake bed — ruts that have ruined the experience for others of seeing the sailing stones for at least years, if not decades.  You can read all about the horror story of the initial vandalism here, here, and here; a follow-up one-year later where the damage had begun to fade somewhat here; and a variety of other images of the damage that was caused here. Continue Reading →

That’ll Last For Centuries

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Signs of clear cutting along the Cabin Trail
Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Desert Tortoise Versus Car

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Desert tortoise heading to parts unknown
Death Valley, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F 50 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Normally that’s not the title you want to read, because you can pretty much guess what the awful result is going to be — but this one has a positive outcome.

We were blasting down the road, happily headed for a day of exploration and family bonding in Death Valley National Park, when we flashed by a lump in the middle of the road.  We all shouted at the same time while my dad was driving, “STOP!!!  That’s a desert tortoise!!!”  We quickly came to a halt and rushed back, taking care to not run over the petrified creature. Continue Reading →

Quite The Happy Pair

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My sister and her puppy
Rhyolite, Nevada — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F 50 + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

My kid sister, Kate, loves her pup — and Maggie is like a shadow to her, going nearly everywhere Kate does.

Kate has saved Maggie from certain death at least three times — Maggie was going to be put down at the shelter before my sister came to her rescue; Maggie was once struck by a car while being walked on a leash (the idiots in the car did it on purpose; she still has scars down her right side); and Maggie once ate an entire POUND of delicious chocolate fudge that I stupidly left unattended with her in the car while we ate lunch in a nearby restaurant (we had to get her stomach pumped by the vet).

There may have been even more close calls than that, but Maggie is still very much alive today and happy as a clam with her human.  Of all the dogs my sister has loved and had over the years, Maggie is my favorite.

Glorious Color

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Spring wildflowers
Gorman, California — May 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

I was with my family in the car, with my dad driving.  We blew past this fantastic scene of blooming wildflowers at 75 mph and I said we simply had to go back so I could get some photos.  And we did!  It took awhile because that area doesn’t have many exits, but we eventually got back to the blooms and I was able to get a number of nice shots.  For me, this was a serendipitous once-in-a-lifetime event, as I have never gone back to that same area, let alone the same time of year when the blooms hit peak.

In The Shadow Of Mammoth

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Twin Lakes
Mammoth Lakes, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

Rotted Interior

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Abandoned cabin interior
Bodie, California — October 2016
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Kodak Ektar 100 + Commercial C-41 color processing

Mono Gate

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Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California — May 2003
Canon PowerShot G3 + 35-140mm

Taken during a trip with my family to attend my sister’s graduation from a nearby college.