Saturday, April 25, 2009

In the Whale-Lines

All men live enveloped in the whale-lines. All are born with halters round their necks; but it is only when caught in the swift, sudden turn of death, that mortals realize the silent, subtle, ever-present perils of life.

Moby Dick
Herman Melville

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The New Orange Juice

There is a new orange juice being advertised today. A female actress dances around the room singing with wooden spoons as microphones and doing splits on the floor. Why? The new OJ has 50 percent less sugar.

It is only 42 percent juice.

Memo to wife: let's get the 100 percent OJ and you can pour water into your glass and dilute yours by half.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Diminish your wants

There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means - either will do - the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest. If you are idle or sick or poor, however hard it may be to diminish your wants, it will be harder to augment your means. If you are active and prosperous or young and in good health, it may be easier for you to augment your means than to diminish your wants. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time, young or old, rich or poor, sick or well; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment the general happiness of society. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)

Death Valley - Latest Images

Death Valley is such a beautiful and rugged place, my wife and I never tire of it. In addition to publishing a recent story, I thought I would include three links to my latest large format images, including two taken at dusk.

Here is the pass on rte 190 between the Panamint Valley and Death Valley.

Townes Pass - Death Valley

This is a beautiful image taken with very little light. Telescope Peak is the highest point in Death Valley.

Telescope Peak at Dusk

If you have not been there you can not appreciate the distance and scope of the land in this image.

Death Valley at Dusk from Beatty Cutoff


Friday, April 3, 2009

Death Valley Wind

Death Valley remains one of my favorite destinations in the West. Here is a story about my first trip there, a memorable one in several ways.

Death Valley Wind