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The View from King's Bluff by John Shepard

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Taken by
John Shepard John Shepard
Explore score
0.10 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 19, 2008
Date taken
Oct 18, 2008

This view of the Mississippi River valley was taken at sunset from the crest of King's Bluff in southeastern Minnesota. Just right of center is neighboring Queen's Bluff, and to its left Mississippi River islands, backwater channels and, in the background, the bluffs on the Wisconsin side of the river. Oak and hickory cover much of the visible bluff-top landscape and surround an open area lacking vegation on the steep flanks of Queens Bluff. This is a rare priairie ecosystem remnant called goat prairie. Occuring only on sunny southwest bluffland slopes and one of the few places in Minnesota where rattlesnakes can be found, goat prairies need periodic fires to keep cedars and other vegetation from encroaching. Kings and Queens bluff are mangaged as Scientific and Natural Areas by the Minnesota DNR, and their goat prairies are occasionally subjected to controlled burns.

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.2735 (Windows)
Panorama size: 102 megapixels (19880 x 5181 pixels)
Input images: 27 (9 columns by 3 rows)
Field of view: 115.6 degrees wide by 30.1 degrees high (top=14.2, bottom=-15.9)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: SONY
Camera model: DSC-N1
Image size: 3264x2448 (8.0 megapixels)
Aperture: f/5.4 - f/8
Exposure time: 0.003125 - 0.008
ISO: 64 - 250
Focal length (35mm equiv.): unknown
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Has subsecond timestamp: no
Horizontal overlap: 33.1 to 38.1 percent
Vertical overlap: 44.3 to 47.4 percent
Computer stats: 1982 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 20:46 (0:46 per picture)
Alignment: 3:32, Projection: 2:01, Blending: 15:11

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