Travel Photos — Where in the World 010

Once more, it’s been a while since one of these. Such a long while that I almost forgot about them, so I can only imagine what a surprise this will be for the few readers of this blog.

What prompted me to author this post? Well, we’re not traveling, and not likely to travel much, so why not revisit past treks through the American (or maybe South American) landscape? No reason I could think of.

As mentioned before, all the WitW photos are collected in THIS<<link SmugMug Gallery.  Each new post will identify the previous post’s photo. The poll at the end of this post is mostly to amuse and entertain (me), but I name the location of these photos along with a red herring or two. It’s fine if you look up the answer, and I won’t care much which name you vote for because, hey, you might want to amuse yourself as well. It’s open to multiple voting for people who like more than one answer. Let me know if multiple voting doesn’t work.

The photos in the previous post<<link showcased the Great Sand Dunes NP<<link. For them interested in looking at it on Google Earth, here’s a screenshot of Google Earth’s street view. That’s close to the approximate location from where I snapped the first 2007 photo (the coordinates are in the lower right corner of the screenshots — click for a larger version).

I’m including a few satellite views to give a sense of scale to these dunes.

A “zoomed in” look at the entrance, roads, and parking of the National Park

Here we go with the next offering . . . I shot this photo (and subsequent photos) in October 2004.

Here’s the thing with this “Where in the World” . . . it’s super-easy for anyone who has been following this blog for any lenght of time. By “following” I mean “reading”. Many people “follow” this blog (1,781 followers at last count), but I can count regular readers without using the totality of my digits.

One of the plusses with this WitW is that them rocks offer the opportunity to see faces and animals . . . maybe even body parts best left unmentioned.

Free Hint: We dubbed this “turning back point”. The story is as follows. On one of our drives on this road, we had stopped at this point when a car drove up, and a lady jumped out and went to sit on a rock. It turns out she was having a panic attack and didn’t think she could continue . . . and also didn’t think she could go back the way she came. We offered to drive her back — and drive her car back — but she was really struggling, so we called for help and waited around until it came. So, maybe it should have been named “no going forward or back point”.

Unless you’re one of the select few who read this blog OR have been on that road, you probably won’t recognize the rocks . . . unless I give you a Black and White version.

Side Note: I’m still exclusively using the block editor. It was either that or flagellate myself with barbed wire . . . it was a close call, but I opted for the Block Editor. Sadly, it still sucks. Yesterday, when I posted the second installment of the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge stories, what should have been a half-hour effort turned out to be a 90 minutes effort. In addition, the titles of the posts got messed up (something I didn’t notice until after I published the posts). Most people won’t notice, but the links don’t match the titles. Not a big deal, but it grates.

What? The monochrome version didn’t help? How about an Impressions-modified version? Would that help?

Hint no. 2 — not that red, but they are red rocks. Well, reddish-brown.

Tell you what I’ll do . . . I’ll give you a wider view so that you might see recognizable landmarks . . . .

. . . look at all them faces and figures!

Amazingly, I found an old photo that was taken from the same place that I snapped my photos. I can’t tell how old it is because rocks don’t wear down fast enough, and hence they always look the same.

Still nothing? Here, let me widen the zoom a bit more . . .

And here’s another amazing coincidence . . . I found an Ansel Adams photo similar to mine, down to the same position of the clouds! What are the odds, I ask you!?

. . . amazing; simply amazing!

I also found an old tin plate photo that’s a bit wider view of the place . . .

I’d like to try tin plate photography . . . but I’m too lazy to make the effort.

And, no, you’re not going to believe it — but it’s true! — I found the exact same view in one of my photos!

Well, if that is not helping you with identifying the place, I don’t know what to tell you. I mean, I know I won’t tell you the name of the place until the next installment, but aside from that, I don’t know what to tell you.

Before we get to the poll . . .

. . . IF you like to read, and IF you like to vote, THEN you might consider reading and voting for your favorite of the three “Seven Deadly Sins” Challenge Stories. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “SDS Gluttony Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021.

And now, here’s the gallery of the above photos. The poll is after the gallery . . .

. . . and here’s the poll . . .

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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