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01 March 2008 @ 07:46 pm
The South-Central side of Death Valley  
While the Racetrack on the Northern part of Death Valley is mysterious with difficult accessibility, the southern and central part of the national park is what most people who visit the park see. If you look up at Flickr or do an image search, you'll probably end up with a million of identically composed photographs you're about to see... Anyway, here's what I saw. :)

Dante's View. The bawater basin at 282 feet below sea level and the snow-covered Telescope peak at over 11000 feet in the background.

Mountains far away in the state of Nevada are can be seen from Dante's View

There is perennial water in these ponds fed by the Saratoga springs

A raven

Daybreak at Death Valley

After the rains there is a brief period when there are flowers...

Artist's Palette. From wikipedia: "Artist's Palette is on the face of the Black Mountains and is noted for having various colors of rock. These colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals (red, pink and yellow is from iron salts, green is from decomposing tuff-derived mica, and manganese produces the purple)."

Zabriskie Point. From wikipedia: "Zabriskie Point is a section of Death Valley National Park (in the United States) noted for its erosional landscape. The terrain is referred to as badlands because it is very difficult to grow plants there. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago — long before Death Valley came into existence."

Dawn. Badwater basin and the Panamint Ranges in the background

Margaretrivendweller on March 2nd, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Beautiful, striking photos!
velvetinkvelvetink on March 2nd, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
the daybreak image takes my breath away.

btw I thought it was called the Badlands because the baddies (in westerns) hung out there to escape the sherrif!!!! ;) (not because of the lack of plants. Interesting. I too grew up loving all those old westerns.
Yathinyathin on March 2nd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
And yes, all the baddies hung out there as well. "Lawless towns" some of the ghost towns (today) were called.
velvetinkvelvetink on March 2nd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
ps. the raven's sheen...oh
Ruth: Robot lovelaruth on March 2nd, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Gorgeous sets of photos and colours! What lens were you using?
Yathinyathin on March 2nd, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
The raven shot is with the 300mm f/4 AFS lens. The others are with the 18-70mm AFS. The colors are mostly because of the D300's beautiful Active D-Lighting system.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on March 2nd, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
And who says deserts are dry, sterile places? The soil colours alone are fantastic. That first photo, the soil textures in the foreground look like the sea.
kejnkejn on March 2nd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
very, very nice!!
depontideponti on March 3rd, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
Thanks for the YGS...the Yathin Geographic Special! Your photos are, indeed, very special. Thank you.
suhassuhas on March 4th, 2008 07:46 am (UTC)
great photos. will read up more on the Artist's Palette :D.