Things come around, as they say.

Sometime in 1988, as a Geology graduate student on my way to my field study area near Bishop, California. I drove through Death Valley, with likely the obligatory photo of my car at the Sea Level sign.

1988 at sea level

That was driving my 1973 Ford Maverick and a photo taken on film with my 35mm Nikon Nikkormat. I had no phone with me on that trip.

Two days ago, I drove the same route, seeking the place to do the “now” photo:

Recreating a 1988 Photo

Recreating a 1988 Photo flickr photo by cogdogblog shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

This time it’s me still driving a Ford, but now a 1988 Ford F-150 and the photo taken with an iPhone 6.

I am not quite sure it’s the exact spot, there are a few places the highway passes through sea level. In the 1988 photo you can see the Mesquite sand dunes in the background.

The exact location does not matter much, I was there both times.

This all triggered an Amazing Story of cover art. When I started working as a green ed-tech for the Maricopa Community Colleges, I digitized this photo with a scanner, and it was sitting on my web directory as a file named sealevel.jpg. A German pop band named The Sea Level, contacted me years later asking permission to use it for the cover of their CD.

I still have their music floating around my iPod shuffle. I wish I could say their song came on as I was driving across Death Valley. Well I could, but…

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


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