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This strange 2-d sculpture was created in 1994 by Fred Bervoets and is titled "Tribute to Shorty Harris". What's the penguin doing there? Supposedly, the sculptor felt so out of place in Rhyolite that he searched for a symbol of maximum incongruity. Hence, the penguin.
I'd like to put in a plug here for two upcoming workshops offered by Stephen Johnson. Steve was the leader of the Death Valley workshop from which the past month's photos have come. He's a superb teacher and photographer, and the workshop was a great experience. His homepage is here.
On May 1-4, he's offering 4-day hands-on class on Fine Art Digital Printing, "a deep plunge into the art and techniques of producing stunning pigment prints from your photographs". The workshop will be held at his studio in Pacifica, a bit south of San Francisco. More information here.
On May 15-17, he's offering a 3-day workshop at Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco. Details here. When I lived in northern California, I went to Point Reyes several times and can testify to its extraordinary beauty and unique character.