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(March 19-23, 2008)

Norma Boylan

Desalination Plant Upgrade

Patrick Born

Beginnings--Lower Pecos River

Pecos River near Comstock, Texas, USA

06H47 March 22, 2008

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Beginnings: For thousands of years, people have been drawn to the water of the Pecos River. The river probably provided both food and drink for the hunter-gatherers when they visited the area and used the rock shelters in the area.

I woke early this morning, wanting to photograph the sunrise over the canyon walls at the beginning of a new day. On Friday, I had paddled in a 2-person kayak with a friend from the Pecos River Boat Ramp, just south of the Pecos River High Bridge and chose this area to pitch our tent and spend the night.

The area is beautiful, harsh, and semi-desert with the Pecos River cutting through the stark beauty. The canyon walls tower high above the water, funneling strong winds over the water.

I can only imagine how amazed people were when they discovered this river here and decided to take shelter and paint on the rock walls, never knowing that today's experts would debate over the meanings of the paintings like Leaping Panther and the White Shaman.

For this immersive image, I used:
  • Nikon D70 DSLR, photographing in raw mode (NEF)
  • Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8 lens @ f/11 with a 1/10 second exposure and camera sensor @ISO 200
  • Gitzo G2220 tripod
  • Manfrotto 303 SPH panorama head
  • Photoshop CS2
  • PTGui (5.84)
  • Pano2QTVR (1.66 pro)

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