Gold Point and Death Valley

In January, 2019, Ryan Manzuk (Princeton *23) and I went to the American Southwest to look for fossils of half-billion-year-old sponges. For only the second time as a graduate student, I managed to take photos with a film camera.

The things is, I bring my Canon A1 along with me almost every field season. Unfortunately, it tends to stay in my duffel bag. This time, however—even though it was miserably cold in Nevada, and a government shutdown meant that Death Valley National Park was a free-for-all—I brought the camera out to take some photos.

Sunset in the desert.

Following a day of fieldwork, the sun sets near Gold Point, Nevada.

A rising moon in the desert.

The moon rises near Gold Point, Nevada.

Low clouds in a nearby mountain range.

Watching the clouds from Stewarts Mill.

Image looking at a mountain range.

A dusting of snow on the mountains in the background, with an ancient shallow water reef in the foreground.

Using a hand lens on rocks to find fossils.

Ryan Manzuk looks for evidence of Cambrian-era sponges in Death Valley.

Image of a snow covered road in the desert.

A desert road covered in snow.

Snow in the desert.

Another image of a late January desert snowfall.

Image from the road.

Driving down Route 266.

All of these images were captured using a Canon A1 with a 28 mm F2.8 lens using Fujichrome Velvia 100 color positive film.