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25 January 2008 @ 06:39 pm
More Death Valley photographs  





Wild flowers find just about enough moisture even in this harsh climate...





A close up of the flower...





Cacti and desert plants dominate the lands which were once under a huge 80 mile long lake...





The lowest point on Earth in the Western Hemisphere... and the snow-covered peak of the tallest mountain in the park - the Telescope peak.





The mostly-dry basin of this lake was called Badwater because the first Surveyor's mule wouldn't drink the (very salty) water of the lake...



A speed demon kicking up sand on a dirt track. Off-road vehicles are recommended since there are many gravel tracks in these parts...






 
 
 
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on January 26th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Amazing spot, isn't it? When I was quite young, the first time crossing Death Valley, cars still didn't have air conditioning and you would stop before you got there during the day and wait until nightfall before driving across late at night to avoid the heat.
Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
We actually used the heater in the morning because it was around 35F (!!) and the day temperatures were hovering around a fair 60F. I hear that Summer is so hot that most the park remains closed... but I can imagine how dangerous it would have been in those days when there was perhaps a fraction of the traffic we see today.
smiles_tinasmiles_tina on January 26th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
What lovely pictures! And what an amazing place! I'd love to visit too someday...
Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
Just make sure it's not in the Summer - the park shuts down for Summer since it is one of the hottest places on Earth!
kejnkejn on January 26th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
cool!
what time of day did you take the picture with the badwater basin sign?
Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
The Exif says 7:56 AM.
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Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
> Nice pics... looks totally like a dead place only.

You'd be surprised to know that there are 51 species of native mammals, 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians, two species of native fish, 1040 species of plants (23 of which are endemic)


> put some size tags on the pics

Anything less than 1000px width looks tiny on my laptop and even more tiny on my workstation (21")... here's a screen shot:






> Are you able to make out any difference in the D300?

The D300 metering is mad! Look at the "Badwater basin" shot - half the picture is in shade and half in the sun, most cameras would have give me a washed out mountain range. Also, the 14-bit color makes the images much more vibrant!
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Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Nothing fancy for the landscape - I'm still using the 18-70.
velvetinkvelvetink on January 26th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
gee it looks so dry and inhospitable, though the flowers manage. Very nice images. I like the 3rd so much!
Yathinyathin on January 26th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
51 species of native mammals, 307 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians, two species of native fish, 1040 species of plants (23 of which are endemic)!!

I guess you just have to know where to look for them... I didn't :(
ex_neke on January 26th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wow. Amazing. :D
Anush Shettyanushsh on January 26th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Wow beautiful... amazing compo
Ruth: Elephant with balloonlaruth on January 27th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Amazing spot. I love the colour contrast of the first shot in particular.
Premshree Pillaipremshree on January 27th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
You gotta wait for my photo of the flower. :-)
Premshree Pillaipremshree on January 29th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
suhassuhas on January 27th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Cacti and desert plants dominate the lands which were once under a huge 80 mile long lake..

The rocks are not round, so the lake was not very(in relative terms) old?