But I did take lots of photos, such as the big guy at right that I captured leading his herd past the rental car as we headed to see some geothermal features. I took so many pictures that I had to buy an extra compact flash card, paying much more than I really wanted to. Among my photos are several series that I hope to assemble into panoramas. I've had modest luck stitching together photos, but I'm eager to try software that associate editor Gary Seronik showed me called Autostitch. It's a free program for Windows created by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The software seems impressive. Gary used it to create a mosaic from Apollo photographs of the Moon for an article in SkyWatch '07.
My brother-in-law gave me an old laptop a month ago. Initially, the sole thing I wanted to do with it was play pinball emulations and relive my high-school years at the Putt-Putt arcade. But last week I realized that I now have a PC that I can finally run Windows software and not have to worry about mucking up my work computer. From what Gary tells me, Autostitch isn't quick on sub-GHz computers like mine. No matter — I'll let it chug on some files while I watch the new season of Lost.