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02 February 2008 @ 01:34 pm
Death Valley - a croc in the valley!  
I realized that when I'm out looking for animals, I click much less - a lot of time is spent finding, stalking and playing games with the animals before I get something. Death Valley is picturesque at every corner and traveling in the desert for the first time meant looking at a lot of new things. I did not see any animals, save for a bunch of ravens, sparrows and the odd desert rabbit but the place is stunningly beautiful and... quiet. I love such places.

While we were driving from Stovepipe Wells to Scotty's Castle, I was beginning to get a feeling that I'm not going to have a single good animal photograph on the trip and as I looked out of the window I saw a strange cloud formation. Did it really look like a crocodile behind the mountains or was I hallucinating? Anyway... tell me what you see in the photograph below. :)

Croc in the Valley!

... complete with jaws and a tongue too...

Nature's Cacti farm on a dry lake bed...

A Joshua Tree! A tree this big is probably a hundred years or more...

They even tell you where to do photography... :)

And the roads go straight for miles on... the straightest roads I've ever driven!

Not all roads are straight though...

The salt dunes at salt creek.

Scotty's Castle!

The mountains before entering the valley...

Moonrise in Death Valley!

Atopiaailleurs on February 2nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Those are stunning! Thank you for posting them.
zhenzhizhenzhi on February 3rd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
amazing colours there!
.....yashoo on February 3rd, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Prasanna Vprasannav on February 3rd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)

Awesome dude! You are THE photographer!
ashbirderashbirder on February 3rd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
wow. the joshua tree looks so interesting ! and i loved the pink hues on the mountains.
Yathinyathin on February 3rd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
I love the name "Joshua Tree" ... one of the nicest names for trees! :)
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Yathinyathin on February 3rd, 2008 04:52 am (UTC)
Oh well, since it was such a long drive and we didn't know what kind of fuel stations would be around, we rented a hybrid for the trip! :)
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on February 3rd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
man! those are excellent pics...
I love the croc.
Shivakumar: Bird on the Bazookashivakumar_l on February 3rd, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Brilliant images mate ...
but yes i too second prashant - would have loved to see your car in one of these scenes.
Origaoriga on February 3rd, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Splendid landscape, and you gave it a proper treatment! The colors are just incredible...

I didn't know about Joshua Tree -- and found more than I wanted to know, from Google :))) The Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia, is a giant member of the lily family ... -- wow! (http://www.joshua.tree.national-park.com/)
Yathinyathin on February 3rd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! I didn't know it was in the Lily family!!!! How amazing. Thanks! :)
kejnkejn on February 3rd, 2008 10:39 am (UTC)
yep, a croc.

love the joshua tree pic!
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on February 3rd, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Most definitely a croc! I especially love the Joshua Tree and moonrise photos.
Yathinyathin on February 3rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
The Joshua trees are beautiful and I just found out that they belong to the lily family! How amazing! :)
sainath on February 3rd, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Do you use a filter?
Yathinyathin on February 3rd, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Nopes... the D300 14-bit colors man... isn't that amazing. I love the depth, saturation of the camera, but most of all it is most definitely the place! :)
sainath on February 3rd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
amazing it sure is :) cool .. yes .. the place really cool :)
Arunbirdonthewire on February 4th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Stunning! A crocodile indeed! Amazing, the shapes one can spot in clouds.