National Geographic : 1996 May
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * MONACO U CALIFORNIA DESERT LANDS Of Print and Princes Of Bare Facts and Photography HIS FIRST JOB in journalism was writing obituaries in New Jersey, but author RICHARD CONNIFF (above, at left) has found livelier subjects farther afield. His GEOGRAPHIC articles include Ireland, Easter Island, and now Monaco. Prince Rainier "loosened up when I put away my notepad," he says. The two discussed matters large and small: whales, a special interest of the prince's, and insects, the subject of Dick's new book, Spineless Wonders: An InvertebrateOdyssey. CLOTHING WAS OPTIONAL, but contract photogra pher PETER ESSICK opted for it (below, at left) while recording life in a Saline Valley hot spring. The desert is special to the California native. "In high school I camped in Death Valley with a four by-five view camera and Ansel Adams's Basic Photo series. One of my first published photos was of a Joshua tree in the snow," says Peter. Returning after almost 20 years "gave me a chance to reflect on my personal growth." MICHAELPARFIT NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBUSHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,114517TH ST.N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688. $25.00 AYEAR,$3.00 ACOPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C.20013.