In March Jayni
and I spent a few wonderful days shooting in Death Valley national park, California. It is a very unique environment and has its own special colors and forms which I hope I've captured in these images. We were lucky to find Badwater lake with water, usually it is dry. This provided an opportunity for some spectacular reflections.
Death Valley lies between the Panamint and Amargosa range of mountains. Badwater lake, which is mostly dry is the lowest point on the North American Continent lying 282 feet below sea level. The name Death Valley comes from a group of early settlers whom having passed through the valley and loosing one of its members, a survivor turned around and said farewell to "Death Valley". Well so the story goes.
Telescope Peak in the Panamint range is notable for having one of the greatest vertical rises above local terrain of any mountain in the contiguous United States. Its summit rises 11,331 feet (3,454 m) above the lowest point in Death Valley (Badwater at -282 feet (−86.0 m)) in about 15 miles (24 km)
A short side trip to the Eastern Sierra's gave us a view of Mt Whitney and some great sunsets. Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the US with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m).
Finally on the way home a stop over in the Bellagio, Vegas - what a contrast!
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:Artist's Palette, Badwater, Dante's Peak, Death Valley, Mt Whitney, Zabriskie Point
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