Death Valley Days

Here are some panoramas of Death Valley; be sure to click on them to enlarge to full-screen for the full effect. Each has been stitched together for several shots:

Zabriskie Serenade, 1974–2011

 

Edge of the Dunes, Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, 2011

 

Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, 2011                                                                                                                     Panamint Range, left; Grapevine & Funeral mountains of the Amargosa Range, right

Photographing Death Valley, 2011

Dust Storm, Mesquite Flats, Death Valley, 2010

Brundage Mountain Ski Weekend

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Payette Lake—looking NNW from McCall’s Legacy Park Brundage Mountain is on the right, about eight miles north.

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Ethan Savage & Dawn Richardson at Payette Lake—Brundage Mountain behind Dawn

Brundage Mtn from McCall, Idaho

Brundage Mountain from McCall, Idaho—looking across Payette Lake. Fully enlarged, the Lakeview chairlift and ski runs are visible. the dark spot to the left atop the peak, is the Centennial chairlift-house.

 

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Dawn & Gary Richardson

 

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Looking SE from the Centennial chairlift upper terminal

 

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Watch-Owl on Ethan’s Deck

 

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Ski-In, Ski-Out BBQ

 

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Après ski at Smoky’s…

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…got a little cock-eyed.

Wildflowers on my mind

Wildflowers on my mind

Spring seems to have sprung, so my thoughts have been turning toward desert wildflowers, which I understand are blooming in profusion in the lower parts of Death Valley right now—late February, 2016. Chances are that’s where we’ll be heading in a few weeks.

That got me thinking about my trip to Death Valley in April, 2010, and to Craters of the Moon for the bloom there two months later, in June, 2010. Both of those trips resulted in YouTube slide shows.

I’ve just revised “Craters of the Moon—Wildflowers & Lava Flows” by adding a jazz guitar soundtrack & a couple new slides:  Craters of the Moon: Wildflowers & Lava Flows

The Death Valley slide-show: Death Valley Wildflowers, 2010

France 2004

Rummaging through Gallic adventure memoiries, I recalled a slide show I pulled together a few years ago for friends headed to France. They are images from my most recent trip to France, 2004:

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Republique Francaise

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It takes a while to download, but I think it’s worth the wait. If you download and run the slides on Acrobat Reader, I think it’ll run like a slide show. I have not put a soundtrack to it—yet. Let me know what you think. Please report technical difficulties. I’m looking for ways to make this site more “media” friendly, suggestions invited.

Purification

Recently, a Buddhist brother posted this poem:

A Purification
by Wendell Berry

At start of spring I open a trench
in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck;
have listened to too much noise;
have been inattentive to wonders;
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.

The poem brought to mind a contest I came across during a trip through the Midwest a few years back.

BigRock plow-match

The Big Rock, Illinois, plowing match has been going on since the 1890s. The annual event invites an impressive collection of classic, working tractors and their owner-operators.

I love how scoring the plowing embodies principles of much broader application.

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