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Description of Pictures: Including a meandering coyote
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Copyrights: All pictures were taken by amateur photographer Bruce Guthrie (me!) who retains copyright on them. Free for non-commercial use with attribution. See the [Creative Commons] definition of what this means. "Photos (c) Bruce Guthrie" is fine for attribution. (Commercial use folks can of course contact me.) Feel free to use in publications and pages with attribution but you don't have permission to sell the photos themselves. A free copy of any printed publication using any photographs is requested. Descriptive text, if any, is from a mixture of sources, quite frequently from signs at the location or from official web sites; copyrights, if any, are retained by their original owners.
Specific picture descriptions: Photos above with "i" icons next to the bracketed sequence numbers (e.g. " ") are described as follows:
DEATH_020601_06.JPG: Coyote @ Death Valley
DEATH_020601_08.JPG: This is a meteor crater. Every national park should have one.
DEATH_020601_09.JPG: I was driving along the main drag to reach Scotty's Castle when I passed a coyote standing by the side of the road. I pulled over and stopped. While considering if I should turn around or just back up to get a closer look at it, I looked up in my rear-view mirror and found him trotting down the road to reach me.
He walked up to the sand bank next to where I was parked and just sat there. Apparently, tourists had fed him (don't do that! It's illegal and it's ultimately bad for the animals!) and he had decided that this was an easy way to get a meal. (The ranger said their normal diet consists of rabbits and roadkill. He's a scrawny fellow but the ranger said this was all muscle and allowed him to catch him prey.) I took pictures through my car window for awhile and then decided to roll down the window on his side to get better ones. Keep in mind I'm on the driver's side and he's on the passenger side. I had a trace of worry that he would jump in the open window but the need for the photos won out. I took a roll of film of him before moving on. It was very cool!
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Wikipedia Description: Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park is a mostly arid United States National Park located east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in southern Inyo County and northern San Bernardino County in California with a small extension into southwestern Nye County and extreme southern Esmeralda County in Nevada. In addition, there is also an exclave (Devil's Hole) in southern Nye County. The park covers 5,219 mi˛ (13,518 km˛), encompassing Saline Valley, a large part of Panamint Valley, almost all of Death Valley, and parts of several mountain ranges. It is the hottest and driest of the national parks in the United States and contains the second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at Badwater, which is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. It is also home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment. Some examples include Creosote Bush, Bighorn Sheep, Coyote, and the Death Valley Pupfish — a survivor of much wetter times. Approximately 95% of the park is designated as wilderness.
Mining was the primary activity in the area before it was protected. The first known non-Native Americans to enter Death Valley did so in the winter of 1849, thinking they would save some time by taking a shortcut to the gold fields of California. They were stuck for weeks and in the process gave the Valley its name even though only one of their group died there. Several short-lived boom towns sprung up during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to exploit minor local bonanzas of gold. The only long-term profitable ore to be mined, however, was borax; a mineral used to make soap and an important industrial compound. 20-Mule Teams were famously used to transport this ore out of the Valley, helping to make it famous and the subject or set of numerous books, radio programs, television series, and movies. Death Valley National Monument was proclaimed in 1933, placing the area under federal protecti ...More...
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2002 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good for the first half of this year because these are scans of prints.
Equipment this year: I took the plunge and bought my first digital camera. It was October 2002 and I bought an Epson PhotoPC 3100Z. While a nice camera, it had some quirks and bumping it would result in it being totally out of focus until you manually shut it down -- something which blurred almost every picture I took in New York City one day.
Trips this year: Two weeks out west, one week in New York, and one week down south.
This was the year I started the photo web site. It started to come together in September, mostly as a way of allowing me to keep track of the pictures I was taking.