As you all know by now, I recently visited the Dinosaur National Monument. More precisely, Dan Chure kindly showed me and Brooks Britt around the renovated and rebuilt Quarry Visitor Center – “…a building that will not fall on the bones” as he repeatedly stressed. Very many thanks, Dan, it was a wonderful experience! Here’s one of the many photos I took that day:
Brooks (left), Camarasaurus femur (middle) and Dan (right).
When I got back to Germany, I got a message via facebook from my colleague Francisco Ortega, who sent along a photo…..
… and the question: Is that you????
(yes, that’s me, trying to come up with a smart answer the one of the many questions the rangers asked me when they realized that I know a lot about dinosaurs)
Turns out Francisco was there with a group of students, and one of them thought he recognized me. Francisco naturally told him that it’s extremely unlikely – but in fact we happened to visit there on the very same day.
Sometimes, earth is a very small place!
More DNM reports to come.
EDIT: it gets even more absurd: I did talk to Francisco, in passing! But because my mind was elsewhere I only thought his face “familiar”!
What’s worse is that we were talking on how to make some photographs with my camera. The friendly “unknown” made me some interesting suggestions… Thanks again Heinrich 🙂
I totally forgot about that! I did think your face familiar, but the panorama photo taking dominated my mind…..
Henrich – did you keep your mess kit this time? We met you at the Popo Agie campground in 2003. I was told Popo Agie was French, but I heard later it is Shoshone for “beginning of waters” or “river of tall grass” – perhaps it could be a blend of the two. I still like your slang definition better!
You have often been quoted, paraphrased over the years – cited of course!
Ruth & Kevin Forth – Utah