Preserving Wildlife

Desert tortoise – Death Valley, Nevada

We blew past this little guy in the middle of the road in Death Valley, and rather than let him be hit by some other vehicle behind us, we turned around, went back, and escorted him well off the road into the desert scrub. We didn’t learn until later that some people – desert researchers – can wait their entire lives to see such a rare sight in Death Valley National Park.

Fortunately, we were quite early and there wasn’t anyone else on the roads with us for many miles – so we were able to take all the photos we wanted, get the tortoise out of danger, and resume our headlong rush down the empty road.

Desert tortoise – Death Valley, California

This is going to be my last post for awhile, as I am currently re-evaluating my commitment to posting daily content. Creating a new post for each and every day takes time, precious time for me that would be better spent on other activities for now. Will I return? I honestly don’t know. What I can say for certain is that I simply don’t have the passion for blogging now that I did during prior efforts, and I’ll just leave it at that.

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Photo info:
Desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, California
October 2016
Eastman Double-X (5222) film
Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm rangefinder film camera

6 thoughts on “Preserving Wildlife

  1. I can’t imagine crossing Death Valley in covered wagon days.

    Regarding your sabbatical, I hope it is not a lengthy one. I agree deciding what to post and its length is time consuming. Ideally, the aim is to post the interesting … namely what you find interesting. I have enjoyed this effort very much as well as the one that came before. Please keep this one active for a little longer, I still have some exploring to do yet. I need to try the Boeuf Bourguignon you posted. Perhaps, a less frequent posting cycle would do.

    I am interested in seeing your chronicling of the move out west, and the place you’ll be calling home in Montana. Then, I can regale you with a couple stories of when my sis Ginny spent a few months in Bozeman, going to grad school at Montana State. I just might show up one day. Bozeman is a long day’s drive (better to be done in two), a week if traveling by horse.

    Stay well, stay safe.

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    1. Me neither. Nor working at the borax mine there in Death Valley and using mule teams to get it out.

      I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I will be converting this site from the paid version over to the free version, to save some money.

      We just got back from another visit to southwest Montana, which is why I had some delays in responding. We can’t wait to move out there full time. I have an email address for you from WordPress – is it okay to use it?

      Thank you very much.


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