Below are two satellite images, courtesy Google Earth, of different pieces of the Ivanpah Valley. Both photos show land at around 3,000 feet in elevation, at a resolution equivalent to 1,500 feet up.
One of the photos is of land whose wilderness habitat value was important enough that in 1994 Congress designated it part of the Mojave National Preserve.
The other shows land deemed “heavily impacted by human use” by the developer who wants to build a massive solar generating facility thereon.
Can you guess which is which? Feel free to click through to the Flickr site to see the higher-resolution versions if you think that’ll help.
In the meantime, I’m off to Death Valley first thing in the morning for a meeting, and then Sunday afternoon I hope to swing by the proposed solar generating site to get some photos from six or fewer feet above the ground. See you all Monday.
Slept on the ground last night in sub-freezing temperatures. Woke up surrounded by Joshua trees growing out of patches of snow. Drove with The Raven along Route 66. Ate lunch-dinner at the Bagdad Café.
Best Birthday Ever.
Also, please join me in wishing Coyote commenter Arvind and his beloved a happy first anniversary!
I’m offline and sleeping on the cold, cold ground until my personal odometer clicks over. Enjoy the next few days, please.
In the meantime, I’m pleased and slightly befuddled to note that the RedBubble group American Southwest has named me a “featured artist” this week. Go check out the group, which includes works by photographers from whom I could clearly learn something.
And speaking of RedBubble and the desert, here’s a nice spot that the Las Vegas civic parents want to fill up with an airport. Looks like rain.