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26 January 2008 @ 08:44 pm
Death Valley 3  
There were just a little too many landscape shots on this trip than I'm usually accustomed to. However, these are just very very average photographs compared to what I've seen people do with landscapes of death valley - it takes a lot of visits, the right conditions and the right time of the year. On the last evening of the trip at the Panamint inn on the western edge of the park, I was astonished to see the restaurant walls adorned with such stunning photographs of death valley that it made me feel that I should go there many times to see all the beauty that is hidden there. Meanwhile, this is how I saw Death Valley when I went there...

The blue hues of the Pananmint range before sunrise

The first light on the snow-covered peaks, 11000 feet high

Ancient dunes with the Mesquite flat in front of them

An arduous climb on the Sand dunes...

...and the joys of reaching on top

Precambrian rock face in the last light of day

Kiran Jonnalagaddajace on January 27th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Goddamnit! I need to go see a real desert now. Pictures aren't enough. I've never been on anything even resembling a sand dune.
Margaretrivendweller on January 27th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
California is a fascinating state. While you were taking these photos, Ray and I were driving through blowing snow on the High Sierras two hundred miles to the north - and 8,000 feet higher up on Carson Pass. Within view of those sand dunes is the highest spot in the continental United States - Mt. Whitney - over 14,000 feet elevation.

I love the diversity of California.
Yathinyathin on January 27th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Yeah... I was about to mention that in my next post. I was reading about Death Valley and during the summer when there's no snow and hiking on top of telescope peak is possible, both Mount Whitney and Badwater basin are visible from that peak! And that's one place I want to do a hike in during this summer for sure...

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on January 27th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Now you need to head towards Mount Shasta and most especially Lassen National Park, to see the bubbling mud pots and sulphur springs and glacier pools in early melt. I've been in June and it's phenomenal around that time, still quite a bit of snow left in a good snow year.
Yathinyathin on January 27th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
There's a long list of things to do here this summer... :)
zhenzhizhenzhi on January 27th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
amazing sights :-)
mamtanaidumamtanaidu on January 27th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
stunning shots!
ZuZusuzan_s on January 27th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC)
WOW! Well done!
Ruth: Girllaruth on January 27th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous colours! I need to get to the US national parks :)
Yathinyathin on January 27th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
No photograph can substitute for seeing beauty with your own eyes... some of the places here are magnificent.
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on January 28th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
The blue of the sky, man, I don't think I have ever seen a sky which was bluer than that.