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By: Alan Sparkman

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Thursday, 26-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Photo info and some rambling

Natural sculpture
Pinon pine and red rock pedestals
One of the visitors to my page remarked on the quality of the photos I was able to get with my camera phone - let me clarify that the photos I am posting were not taken with a camera phone. Most of them were taken with a Canon Digital Rebel shooting at 6 megapixels. That's the reason for the great resolution.

I have posted a couple of more photos from our visit to Canyonlands National Park (in Utah) on one of our 'days off' from the bike ride. It was my first visit to this park and well worth the drive to get to this remote location. The day we visited in early June was really hot, approaching 100 degrees, with gusty winds. It was a good day to be off the bicycles, and not too bad for the short hikes that we did while in the park.

Wednesday, 25-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
More bike ride photos

Vast country and beautiful vistas
Beauty in the desert
I am posting a couple of more photos from my recent trans-America bicycle ride. The pictures bring back memories for me - hope they inspire someone else to get out and ride, or to at least get out and enjoy the stunning beauty of our country.

Tuesday, 24-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The falling cost of communication

The contrasts of Zion Canyon
Water on the mountain
I am new to the blogging phenomenon, but its easy to see the attraction, especially when the cost of entry is basically zero. I don't have a particular issue to 'blog' - at least not yet - but I do want to practice with the new tools of communication.

Technology is driving radical changes in many areas of our society, but one of the most radical may turn out to be sites like this that enable real-time communications between almost anyone almost anywhere in the world. When I, or literally millions of other folks, can take pictures with a wireless enabled phone and transmit those photos (and a caption) to the rest of the wired world in nearly real-time, the implications for businesses, societies, and even families are truly staggering. How we collectively choose to use this newfound communication power will indeed be interesting.

So, there is no real way of predicting what might show up here in the next few days or weeks, but I am looking forward to experimenting with this new medium. I hope you enjoy the photos I posted for today - they are from my recently-completed bicycle ride across the United States. If you are interested, you can check out the website for the ride at:


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