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

Do NOT Eat Me!

Eastern red-spotted newt – Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia

Like many other critters in the animal kingdom, the juvenile stage of the Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is brightly colored to warn off potential predators, due to the saturation of the juvenile’s tissues with tetrodotoxin. We spotted (heh) this little beauty as we were day hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia.

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Photo info:
Eastern red-spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Dolly Sods Wilderness
Davis, West Virginia
September 2015
Zeiss Vari-Sonnar 24-70/1.8 ASPH lens
Sony RX100 IV digicam

Mooskas

Curious cows – Frederick, Maryland

Ever since I first watched the fantastic De Düva – the 1968 Oscar-nominated parody of Ingmar Bergman’s black and white film classic, The Seventh Seal – I have referred to cows as “mooskas”, just like Madeline Kahn‘s character (in her film debut!) at the 7:00 minute mark in the video below. We were required to watch both The Seventh Seal and De Düva in design school, but De Düva has stuck with me for far longer, simply because I laughed so hard at it.


Photo info:
Curious cows (mooskas)
Monocacy National Battlefield
Frederick, Maryland
April 2016
Apple iPhone 6S