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HMAN_030524_01_STITCH.JPG: This is the sort of geography that leaves a lot of fossils in its wake; a slow-winding river through sedimentary rock. Keep in mind, however, that the Hagerman fossils are from 3.2 million years ago and the river was considerably different then.
HMAN_030524_05.JPG: There was a brief storm that hit the area for about 20 minutes while I was there. This was one of four times that I saw rain on this trip. It was a wonderful storm, with high winds and lightning and everything.
HMAN_030524_10.JPG: Frankly, the actual fossils were pretty dull. Most of them had already been dug up. This was one of two that was exposed and available for public viewing. The ranger mentioned that it had included an entire jaw of a horse which some vandal had broken off and stolen the previous week. Keep in mind that a fossil is solid rock so breaking it off requires some serious effort. People will be the death of us yet.
HMAN_030524_36.JPG: A rattlesnake. My second on this trip. I didn't know what type of snake it was so I walked around it trying to take better pictures. I was maybe a foot or two away from it. Only afterward did people impress upon me how stupid I was.
HMAN_030524_45.JPG: If you saw the movie "The Wild Bunch," you remember the scene in the beginning where kids are pitting a scorpion against a nest of ants and watching him be killed. Well, I guess it happens in real life too. I was curious if the stick here was added by a tourist afterward (this, with the snake, was right on the trail). One of the scorpion's claws in above the stick, the other below.
HMAN_030524_47.JPG: This is where the California Trail winded its way through the area. There's a mesa here and the gentle slope was ideal for bringing up the horse-drawn carts. The next picture also shows the trail.
HMAN_030524_59.JPG: This is one of the Hagerman horses. You can tell from the ranger behind it that it was roughly normal horse size. While they were open late this weekend (it was part of their "Fossil Days" annual celebration), I had spent a bit of time with snakes and scorpions and had only one chance to take the picture before they closed.
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Wikipedia Description: Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument near Hagerman, Idaho, contains the largest concentration of Hagerman Horse fossils in North America. The 4,351-acre (17.6 kmē) Monument is internationally significant because it protects the world's richest known fossil deposits from a time period called the late Pliocene epoch, 3.5 million years ago. These plants and animals represent the last glimpse of time that existed before the Ice Age, and the earliest appearances of modern flora and fauna.
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2003 photos: Equipment this year: I decided my Epson digital camera wasn't quite enough for what I wanted. Since I already had Compact Flash chips for it, I had to find another camera which used CF chips. That brought me to buy the Fujifilm S602 Zoom in March 2003. A great digital camera, I used it exclusively for an entire year.
Trips this year: Three-week trip this year out west, mostly in Utah.
Number of photos taken this year: 68,000.