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.
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.
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
I have been riding the Washington Metro since it opened in 1976, and I still enjoy the experience over four decades later. When it first opened, it was like the sci-fi future of 2001: A Space Odyssey had come to life – everything was sleek, doors opened automatically, the lighting was all indirect, the trains were nearly silent in their operation, etc. All of it was very heady stuff for those days. And now? Well… I think it still looks a lot more advanced than many other subway systems around the country, but it’s had a lot of things added for functionality that detract from the original sleek design.
Every once in awhile, I go shooting photographs of architecture. This is one of those times, which coincided with me having to participate in a jury selection process at the nearby county courthouse. When I was attending the nearby high school in the late 1970s, I would walk through this exact location – which looked very different back then. Even in those days I would take architecture photos (with my trusty Pentax MX 35mm film camera) in this area because there would be interesting shadow interactions with the morning sunrise. However, now the architecture has gone monolithic modern and there is a deep canyon within the cliffs of glass and metal.