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

Fajada Gap

Fajada Butte – Nageezi, New Mexico

This is the incredible view we experienced as we approached Chaco Canyon many years ago – Chaco Canyon being the common nickname for the spectacular Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. The feature on the right is known as Fajada Butte, the feature on the left is known as the Chacra Mesa, and the space between them is known as the Fajada Gap. If this area were not within a federally protected park, it would be largely destroyed, as it is completely surrounded by thousands of fracking operations on all sides.


Photo info:
Fajada Butte
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Nageezi, New Mexico
November 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 digicam