Vintage photo…

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Since this is leap day, it is technically not part of the 365 project. I’m putting up one of my earliest shots. In 1973, as a greenhorn fresh out of college, my company sent me to Iran for 3 months to test out and commission the electrical control systems on a 400 mile oil pipeline stretching from Teheran to the Persian Gulf. Throughout the middle parts of the country I saw many of these nomadic tribal families. They were constantly on the move, looking for grazing for their sheep and carrying all their belongings and tents with them. It was not an easy life. The women would work at turning out amazing Persian rugs from the wool, which they would sell. The Shah’s government hated these people and were trying to eradicate them. Being a photography novice, I bought an Olympus Pen FT camera to take with me. I chose this model because it was a half-frame 35mm SLR which would get twice as many exposures on a roll of film. It was a wonderful compact camera with a built in light meter…a collectors item now. Unfortunately, I had few skills in using it properly and didn’t know much about photography in general. I just had the slides scanned recently and obviously they had deteriorated over the past 40 years.

Native Red Sandstone…

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This old sandstone building, now a church, was probably a rural country school many years ago. I really like this as a building material.

 

Morning Light…

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I finally got around early enough to get out for a sunrise shot. On a side note, this is my 700th posting in this 365 photo-a-day challenge. When my friend and I started this, I wondered if I could even find a month’s worth of things to shoot. It’s been a fun learning experience…you should try it!

Get together…

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Last night, just after sunset, there was a nice celestial grouping. The crescent moon with bright Venus below left, and Jupiter just above left of the steeple. I wish I had planned ahead for this shot…I might have gotten a much better exposure.

Driftwood burl…

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High Tailing it…

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When these White Tail Deer are spooked, the tail goes up and off they go. I’m not sure what the purpose of the white patch is…maybe it confuses predators.

Cloud fingers…

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We had a cool front come through today and the leading edge formed these billow cloud rows. The wind, perpendicular to the rows, travels in a wave going up and down through warmer air below and cooler air above. Water vapor more readily condenses in cooler air at the wave peaks, forming the clouds. I didn’t have time to get to a more scenic location 😦

Crinoid…

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I was informed by a friend that the fossil in the previous post was a Crinoid, a marine creature dating to the mid to late Paleozoic era (300 to 360 million years ago). I got to thinking about an odd looking pile of fossils I had seen last year not too far away. I went back today to get a shot of that group and decided that they must be the same type Crinoids. This site must have been a low area where hundreds of these fossils were deposited by running water. Virtually every “stone” you see in this picture is a fossil.

 

Rock…

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I’m not sure what to make of this formation. The nickel size circle appears to be a harder mineral than the surrounding rock. May be a tree limb that petrified, or snake, or worm, or…

Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)…

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Another sign that Spring is near…this green rosette in a sea of brown leaves. I know it’s a weed, but in summer, thistles produce one of my favorite wild flowers.

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