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Death Valley Moonrise

A full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California.

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A nearly full moon rises over the Last Chance Mountains at Death Valley National Park, California

Nothing better than camping under a full moon at a remote desert location. The moon was so bright, I didn’t need any artificial light.

 

 

Baja Mexico Road Trip

Reblog from 3 years ago. Baja California is a worthwhile trip

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Baja California is not in California, it’s in Mexico. The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is not in California, it’s in Mexico. But whatever it’s called, Baja  Mexico is a place of much diversity, great landscapes and a vast desert environment surrounded by immense bodies of water.  https://www.google.com/maps/@27.9998847,-113.5,6z

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It’s about a 1,000 mile (1,609 Kilometers) drive from San Diego to the southern tip of Baja at Cabo San Lucas. I had the opportunity a few years ago to drive that stretch and to capture the essence of the land, its people and customs. The food was spicy, inexpensive and the military checkpoints were ubiquitous.  The photos below are a good representation of the land in much of Baja with its endless mountain ridges and succulent desert vegetation. These photos and more are available as prints or downloadable files at http://dawn2dawnphotography.com/

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Death Valley’s Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, is a landscape of extremes.  Extreme temperatures, extreme elevation changes and extreme dryness.  Because the basin is at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level,  the average high temperature in July is 116 degrees F.  The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees at Death Valley in 1913.  Little wonder that I and most others visit during the winter months.

Badwater is surrounded by soaring peaks and eroded sandstone formations.  Snow-covered Telescope Peak,  standing at 11,049 feet, is quite a contrast to the salt flats at Badwater Basin. The salt flats are approximately 200 square miles in area and are formed when rain flushes minerals from the nearby hills and mountains to the flats of Badwater. The high heat and dryness ( DV only receives 2 inches of moisture annually) evaporates everything except the salt.

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The salt flats at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

A lone coyote at Death Valley's Badwater Basin

You wonder how this lone coyote survives in this environment.

 

The salt flats at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

The salt flats of Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Death Valley National Park, California

 

 

It Never Rains In Death Valley

Well, almost, it did a little this past Friday. Death Valley only receives 2 inches per year, mostly in the winter. In a lot of locations in this world, you can receive 2 inches of rain in less than an hour.  The storm clouds gave Death Valley National Park a look I normally don’t see. The clouds and filtered sunlight produced some memorable images.

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Unusual rainstorms pass through Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Passing storm clouds filter sunlight on the landscape at Badwater Basin at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Death Valley Fighter Jet Captured!

You may remember last year I got the rush of my life when a fighter jet at Death Valley National Park buzzed right over me. The Ultimate Rush?

I went back to the same spot the other day and this time, I had my camera ready. Now I did not have a fighter jet fly right over me but this one was fairly close. The sounds of its engine penetrated my psyche but I did get some decent photos. I planned to video a jet flying over me but it never happened again while I was there for 2 days.  More photos of my Death Valley trip to follow soon.

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You don’t really hear the jets until they get close but I spotted this one coming in fast so I had time to grab my camera.

 

A fighter jet from nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center flies over Death Valley National Park, California

The  fighter jet is stationed at  nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center.

 

A fighter jet from nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center flies over Death Valley National Park, California

You may not be able to tell, but I enlarged this image in Photoshop and the pilot was looking right at me. There is a second pilot in the back. I believe this is a F-16. I wasn’t using my zoom lens so he was pretty close.

 

A fighter jet from nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center flies over Death Valley National Park, California

You want to be in continuous shooting mode to maximize the number of exposures you will get.  These jets move by really fast!

 

A fighter jet from nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center flies over Death Valley National Park, California

As he passed me, the jet headed towards this mountain range, turning to the right and around Eureka Dunes.  It’s a pretty tight maneuver.  The sound from the thrusts of its engine reverberated off the  the side of the mountain.

 

A fighter jet from nearby China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center flies over Death Valley National Park, California

This all happened in less than 10 seconds.

Spooky Gulch

Reblogged from 3 years ago

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If you’re not claustrophobic, you’ll love hiking through Spooky Gulch in Southern Utah. It’s a difficult  drive to the Hole In The Rock Road near Escalante, Utah, 4-wheel drive required.  You better not be more than 10 pounds overweight, you might get stuck in this slot canyon.

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A Few More Zion Winter Pics

The light from the setting sun shines on Zion Canyon during winter at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The light from the setting sun shines on Zion Canyon during winter at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The light from the setting sun shines on Zion Canyon during winter at Zion National Park, Utah

The light from the setting sun shines on Zion Canyon during winter at Zion National Park, Utah

East Side Of Zion Winter Scenes

The east side of Zion National Park is some 2,000 feet higher in elevation than Zion’s main canyon. Hence, it’s colder and will receive more snow than rain. It received about a foot of snow last week .

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

 

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

 

Fresh snow and ice blanket Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

Fresh snow blankets Zion National Park in Southern Utah.

Southern Utah Winter Scenes

The heavy snow last week turned rural Southern Utah into a winter wonderland.

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape

 

A leaveless cottonwood tree during winter in Southern Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets the Southern Utah landscape

Bryce Is Twyce As Nyce In The Winter

With a foot or two of fresh snow, Bryce Canyon National Park was a required venture.  The hoodoos never looked better. The weather forecast called for a high of 20 degrees(F) with a windchill of minus 22, so I quickly took care of business.

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

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Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Bryce Canyon Winter

 

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

bryce-winter_8485Someone wrote in the snow, a love note that I believe is in Japanese. There were a lot of Japanese tourists around.

Bryce Canyon Winter

 

Fresh snow blankets Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

 

 

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