Thursday, June 21, 2007
Space Shuttle Atlantis flies in formation with the International Space Station following the successful STS-117 ISS servicing mission.
This 8-second photo was taken at 10:56 PM on June 20, 2007 looking over the Pinehurst, NC Harness Track stables.
©2007, Dalton Hammond
Friday, June 01, 2007
During my visit to the Saguaro National Park several years ago I saw almost every desert creature I've ever heard of. As I was driving along the parkway a roadrunner started running alongside the car, matching my speed exactly and looking up at me now and then, even smiling at me, it seemed. This bird was no more than six feet away and as we went down the road together I was struck by how big it was and how exactly like the cartoon creature it was, cheerfully chugging along at 15 mph.
I decided to try to get a picture but as I reached for my camera the bird looked me directly in the eye one more time, flashed me a mischievous smile then shifted into gear and passed me on foot, easily running ahead of the 15 mph car then cutting across my path and into the sage on the night-hand shoulder. In my mind's ear I heard him go "Beep, beep!" as he ran past the moving car. He never took wing.
At last I finally understood how the coyote felt.
-- Dalton Hammond