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Saturday, June 24, 2006

I recently found a great compilation of Sierra Nevada webcams.
Many of them are not desert, but there are some Sierra east-side ones that qualify in this category -- one's I hadn't known about. Worth checking out.

posted by Mark 12:50 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2006

I found a really great website recently: Don Bain's Virtual Guidebooks.
It has QuickTime VR panoramas of beautiful/cool areas all over the West, including some of my Great Basin favorites.
Highly recommended!

posted by Mark 3:21 PM

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I spent last weekend around the Black Rock Desert in northwest Nevada. I came upon a Great Basin rattlesnake just north of the west arm of the desert and took a couple of minutes of video of the beautiful creature -- download it from the New Stuff page of Desert Space.

posted by Mark 5:52 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2005

I added a new New Photos page to Desert Space. From a trip between Christmas 2004 and New Years 2005, across Nevada on US Highway 50, "the lonliest road in America" they call it, to far-eastern Nevada and far-western Utah. Then back up through central and northwest NV to eastern Oregon, where I passed into 2005.

posted by Mark 1:18 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I added a new New Photos page to Desert Space. From a July 2004 trip down the east side of the Sierras in California, with photos from the White Mountains along the eastern border of California. Then I drove across Nevada to near the border with Utah and spent a few days in Great Basin National Park in the Snake Range. I hiked to the summit of Wheeler Peak -- 13,063 ft. This was my first trip to a couple of my favorite places in over 5 years.

posted by Mark 11:18 AM

Saturday, January 29, 2005

I turned 49 years old today.

posted by Mark 6:41 PM

Friday, October 29, 2004


posted by Mark 7:28 PM

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Wish I was here!

posted by Mark 8:52 AM

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

I've added a new link on my Links page -- Larry's Utah Site. Larry lives in northern Utah and has some nice photos of that and surrounding areas.

posted by Mark 10:25 PM

Monday, June 02, 2003

Check out this webcam view in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada near the Utah border. See the lingering but dwindling snows on 13000+ ft Wheeler Peak.

posted by Mark 7:42 AM

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

I added a new New Photos page to Desert Space. From a late-spring 1998 trip around the White/Inyo Mountains area of far-eastern California. I had hoped to drive up the crest of the Whites to the ultra-cool zone I've visited before, but lingering snow from the El Niño winter still blocked that road.

posted by Mark 11:46 AM

Monday, April 14, 2003

I changed the navigational structure of Desert Space again. After a week of relying solely on frames for intra-site navigation I realized the problem this creates for people who jump to a page of the site from a search engine link. So, frames are mostly gone except for where they're really handy...but the new layout is still different from the 'classic' look of the past several years...better, more functional, I think.

posted by Mark 9:04 PM

Saturday, April 05, 2003

I made a significant change to the navigational structure of Desert Space. In doing so I screwed up some of the code (for reasons unrelated to the structure change), so for a few hours tonight most of the larger photos wouldn't load when the thumbnail was clicked. I think it's fixed -- I was lucky this time to find the error.

posted by Mark 9:40 PM

I changed the appearance of the home page of Desert Space, mainly a new photo.

posted by Mark 8:04 AM

Sunday, March 30, 2003

Today I added a new New Photos page to Desert Space. More-or-less-miscellaneous Great Basin stuff, featuring Indigenous graphics!

posted by Mark 10:57 AM

Sunday, March 23, 2003

I added a few more photos to the new Colorado Plateau Photos page, and I also made a copy of that page the newest New Photos page.

posted by Mark 4:04 PM

Finally (why do I need to use that term so much?), after several years with a website without photos of what is probably my favorite area I now have added to Desert Space a few photos from the Colorado Plateau. This area includes Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Capitol Reef NP, Grand Staircase - Escalante NM, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon NP, and many, many square miles of undesignated spectacular coolness. These are not new photos, (in fact many/most of them pre-date my visits to the other deserts), but I'm beginning to do some archeology in my slide stores, and these are a mixed small sample/selection of what I've looked at so far. I have hundreds more...some of which to be added...soon...I claim.

posted by Mark 12:09 AM

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

I have added some to my New Photos page. Mostly Oregon high desert, but a couple of miscellaneous Great Basin scenes. The colors in a few of the photos look a little odd -- that's 'cause they were scans of older Kodachrome slides that had been left out in the sunlight too long. I tried to fix them, but didn't quite achieve naturalness.
And the Chihuahuan Desert book with one of my photos as the cover has now been published, last month. See the link a couple of posts below.

posted by Mark 10:35 PM

Sunday, February 09, 2003

I spent the weekend at one of my very favorite places: the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. It was clear, cold, sunny, beautiful! Hot springs were hot, Pike Creek was cold, views were tremendous...and mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and howling coyotes. Soon I will post a few photos from this trip on my New Photos page.

posted by Mark 10:06 PM

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

One of my photographs (the top left one here) was used as the cover of a new (well, re-issued) book about the Chihuahuan Desert called Barren, Wild, and Worthless -- Living in the Chihuahuan Desert, by Susan Tweit, published by University of Arizona be out in late February, I think, but already available to order from and Barnes & Noble.

posted by Mark 12:34 PM

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Finally!! I've completely updated the New Photos page with photos from the Great Basin in Nevada and southeast Oregon. Sorry it took so much longer than I said it would.

posted by Mark 6:17 PM

Monday, December 30, 2002

Do you know of Ludwig Wittgenstein?
Analytic philosopher of the first half of the 20th century and apparently one of the greatest minds of the century. I've been reading his biography (Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius, by Ray Monk)...incredible thinker. It makes me want to tackle (at least, read) some of his actual philosphophical work.

posted by Mark 4:11 PM

Sunday, December 22, 2002

A guy named Don used some of my desert photos to make a slideshow, "Great American Deserts", on his website, Don's Slideshow Productions. He has many good slideshows...though I don't care for the background music without mute button.

posted by Mark 6:07 PM

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.

posted by Mark 7:37 PM

Sunday, November 24, 2002

Yesterday was beautiful here. Mostly sunny, cool -- warmer than it should be in late November, but so much more comfortable than Thailand. At least for me. I seem to have a problem with humidity.

posted by Mark 8:59 AM

Saturday, November 23, 2002

I'm home. It's good to be back in the High Desert.

posted by Mark 7:41 AM

Saturday, November 16, 2002

I rode an elephant through the jungle yesterday.

posted by Mark 8:47 PM

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Hey! I'm in Thailand! Actually, I've been here for almost two weeks, except for the week I spent in Cambodia. I'm in Bangkok now, and I'll be in Chiang Mai tomorrow. This place is anything but a desert!

posted by Mark 1:44 AM

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Here's the business website of a friend of mine: JB Davis Construction. Check it out.

posted by Mark 9:29 PM

I found the slide I was looking for -- someone asked me if they could use it on a book cover; I sent it to them. We'll see what comes of this.

posted by Mark 9:28 PM

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Hey! I've been looking for a particular slide because someone wants a copy of an image on Desert Space. Well, I haven't found that slide yet, but I have found plenty of others I'd like to show. Mostly Great Basin photos, but also some from my first trip to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. I've been there 3 times, and I think the first was the best.
Stay tuned, and check New Photos for the updates coming soon.

posted by Mark 8:45 AM

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

This satellite view is the best for an aerial view of The West during daylight hours. It's especially good during morning and evening when the low-angle light and shadows highlight the relief of the terrain. When the Sun is high, bodies of water stand out as black. It's visible spectrum, so no night views. Click on a region for a closer look.

posted by Mark 3:03 PM

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

May you be filled with loving-kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
May you be happy.

posted by Mark 4:59 AM

Monday, September 09, 2002

I added to Desert Space several new photos from cool places scattered across the Great Basin.

posted by Mark 10:19 PM

Sunday, September 08, 2002

I made some changes to the appearance of Desert Space.

posted by Mark 1:30 PM

I (finally, after about 4 years) added a page for my photos from the Great Basin Desert. I don't have a lot there yet, but I will soon...really.

posted by Mark 12:15 PM

Saturday, September 07, 2002

I added to Desert Space 5 new photos, mostly from a trip to the Alvord Desert and Trout Creek Mountains in July.

posted by Mark 2:12 PM

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Well, it's a start: I put 3 new photos on Desert Space.

posted by Mark 11:31 PM

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

I got slides back today from my Labor Day weekend trip to Abert Rim in southeast Oregon! I'll scan a couple/few of the better ones and add them to Desert Space real soon...this weekend at the latest...really.

posted by Mark 10:26 PM

Monday, September 02, 2002

Despite the theme of my main website, some of the subjects that I will cover in this blog will not be desert-related.

posted by Mark 10:30 PM

I will post descriptions of my trips and travels in the desert.

posted by Mark 10:54 AM

This blog is a new part of my several-year-old, rarely-updated site, Desert Space.

posted by Mark 9:50 AM

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