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

Purple Sunrise

Irises – Ridge, Maryland

This is just a glorious morning sunrise, with the sun filtering through the tree branches to barely touch the iris blossoms. It was always wonderful to wake up on our sailboat and see the early morning sights before anyone else began to stir. Vibrant colors like this always make me happy.

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Photo info:
Blue flag irises (Iris versicolor)
Point Lookout Marina
Ridge, Maryland
May 2014
Apple iPhone 5S

Waiting for the Swallows

The Mission – San Juan Capistrano, California

When we went to visit my family in Southern California in late 2019, one of the places that we explored was Mission San Juan Capistrano, which has changed a lot from the last time I saw it some 30 years ago. It seems that archeological teams keep finding new things to learn about the Mission, and the new discoveries are incorporated into what is shown to the public. Today it seems a lot more livable to me than it did just three decades ago.

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Photo info:
Mission San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, California
December 2019
Kodak Portra 400 film
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm rangefinder film camera