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Oct 152016
 

One of the more interesting features of Death Valley is the way the landscape has flipped and folded in on itself to form this unique terrain.  It takes a lot of water as well and being the desert that it is, well, it’s pretty alluring and makes a great subject.  Getting up before the sun rises is always a great choice for catching how the dawning light will play on whatever subject chosen.  That being said, Death Valley has become one of my favorite winter destinations for exploring this grab-bag of spectacular topography.

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Mar 142016
 

No water here, but if oasis means something surrounded by sand dunes, then I think this clump of trees would qualify.  I love going to the desert in the winter.  It’s certainly much cooler and there’s at least a chance of some kind of interesting weather.  There’s so much to explore in Death Valley and one of my favorite attractions are the large sand dunes.  It’s just so hard to find large rolling soft sand dunes in the US.  Got to take advantage of the area, walk up and down, feel the leg muscles work to keep up with the spillage of sand when climbing to the top.  I’m heading to the top.

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Jun 082015
 

Rafting down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon is a monumental experience.  The water’s ice cold and often quite frisky.  The rock most often a rusty shade of red.  But, what’s most impressive is the size of the walls and how small I felt inside this immense cavern.  The timeless quiet, the constant flow of water, the movement of the raft.  Nothing compares to the feeling of being so small inside something so big.

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Apr 212015
 

I love the way Ubehebe rolls off the tongue.  Maybe it’s a native word or tribe from the area.  Not really sure.  It is a somewhat remote destination inside the remote and desolate place of Death Valley.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Death Valley.  It’s immense, beautiful, harsh, varied.  The topography around here, though, is quite stark and quiet.  Wouldn’t want to be here in the heat of summer.  Winter is warm enough.

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Mar 022015
 

I was not prepared for this!  Snow in the desert.  Cold.  Blustery.  I had the wrong gloves and my hands were freezing.  Yet… it was beautiful beyond any expectations I had.  I love when the weather presents a photogenic depth otherwise missing from an already beautiful scene.  This storm didn’t last all that long.  Maybe half an hour.  But, I could have reveled in the conditions for hours, comfortable or not.

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Jan 232015
 

A few days ago a couple of rock climbers ascended the most difficult route up the face of the famous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.  This infamous granite face beauty is an incredible presence but not one I could ever imagine climbing.  They took 19 days to do it, actually sleeping on the face of the cliff, hundreds of feet off the ground.  A spectacular feat in a spectacular setting.

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Dec 092014
 

It was a beautiful October stretch and I wanted to get away.  So, I jumped in the car and drove the 5 hours up to Yosemite.  Much different than the walking days of John Muir.  I wanted to hike up to Cathedral Lakes and was prepared to spend the night.  I figured it was a great time for some fall  shots, it was fairly clear out and no forecast for any precipitation.  No snow at the trail head so a full go.  As a got higher, some patchy snow showed up at when I got to the upper lake it was mostly snow covered with nobody around.  Wow!  How unexpectedly beautiful.  And cold.  When the sun started to set with some cloud cover rolling through it was even better.

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Aug 142014
 

Believe it or not, it snowed earlier in this day.  The sun felt so good.  Not hot.  Just wonderfully warm.  Melting away the chill of the morning.  I was walking along a trail after visiting one of the old mines in the park, continually awed by the beauty of the area.  The cold was lifting and the warmth penetrating my weary muscles.  Can you feel it?

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Jul 142014
 

This was taken during the first part of my adventure to Death Valley and then on to Las Vegas.  As I mentioned in my last post it was quite a diverse meandering.  Here, I arose early from my camp spot and went up to Zabriskie Point to catch the sunrise.  Beautiful as you might expect.  Also, the areal was filled with at least 30 other gazers, mostly being photographers.  As the sun started to rise I wandered down the trail and into golden canyon.  Quiet surrounded me.  The light was shining on the alluvial hills and I could see the bottom of the canyon.  And since it was the middle of winter, the temperature was perfect.  A little slice of heaven.

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Jun 192014
 

Can you smell the pine tree scent?  Hear the quiet?  I can.  It’s so peaceful and relaxing here.  The trail isn’t even that steep.  Depending on how far you want to go it’s a relaxing day hike or the start of an adventurous mountain back pack.  It’s on the Kings Canyon National Park Rae lakes loop trail at the end of the road.  I hiked for a few hours, went past the infamous mist falls, then up to Paradise Valley, turned around after a relaxing lunch, and went back.  A nice day hike indeed.  Very few other people, following a raging, swollen river much of the way.  So beautiful!

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