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01 May 2009 @ 09:11 pm
Death Valley  
Since I had nothing better to do on a Friday evening, I began looking at more pictures from last week's trip. Death Valley is truly an amazing place. The place has seen so much action in terms of geography it is almost unbelievable. From a gigantic glacial age lake and being a feeding ground for mastodons and giant sloths, this place turned into a desert in the blink of an eye in terms of geologic timescale. It's got scars from the last time Yellowstone erupted. It's got mountains formed because of faults. Alluvial fans, fault lines, flash floods, Precambrian rocks, canyons, mountains, hot springs, sailing stones, playas, sand dunes and endemic plant and animal life - it's just got it all! What a place!

Racetrack Playa

Badwater Basin

Telescope peak from Badwater

A dry Owens Lake. Thank Los Angeles for that!

Cactii under the shade of a conifer! And Pine. In the same place!

Roadside flowers

A Desert Iguana!

Desert Iguana

A Roadkill.

Target practice. Vandals.

Welded tuff - from the last time Yellowstone erupted!

Volcanic Glass!

The Sand Dunes at Stovepipe Wells

More sand dunes.

Sunrise. Sand dunes and the mountains.


A Sailing Stone

Another Sailing stone

The Grandstand

The Grandstand

A mirage. The Grandstand. And a sailing stone.

And a stone that hasn't sailed

The sun goes behind the Last Chance Mountains

And a stone takes a big lead...

While this one's a close race!

purely_narcoticpurely_narcotic on May 2nd, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
WOAHMYGOD! What shots. This is what photography is about...seeing something first-hand and then seeing it all over again. Only differently!
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
...and re-living what one sees first-hand.
Deborah P Kolodji: Pelicandkolodji on May 2nd, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
wow oh wow oh wow

what WONDERFUL photos!

(So, when are you doing the coffee table book?)
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)

> So, when are you doing the coffee table book?

Someday, maybe. But first, there's so much more to travel and see. :-)
ashbirderashbirder on May 2nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
super.. maybe now I have a chance to see this!
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Remember: West of the Rockies == Grand Landscape. East of the Rockies == the Great Civilization! ;)
Aparna: Myselfinspirethoughts on May 2nd, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
Amazing Pics. Thnaks for sharing them. Beautiful!
Digital Meanderingsarin_girl on May 2nd, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
those are amazing! thank you for sharing :)
Mel: Heronkendokamel on May 2nd, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Once again, you do not fail to impress!

Those are absolutely wonderful shots. (But which stone won?)
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
> But which stone won?

I'd have to be an Ent to find out! :-)
ex_neke on May 2nd, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
do you know what flowers/family they could be? I'd love to get an ID on them.
ex_neke on May 6th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I haven't a clue, I'm sorry. All I know is they look pretty but I don't have to tell you that. ^_^

I know I asked you before if I could use your pictures to make icons of, and I'm quite sure you said yes, but I never got round to it. So I'm just checking to see if you're still okay with it and if you don't mind if I post them at zwerm. Of course I will credit you and ask everyone who uses them to credit you as well.
Yathinyathin on May 6th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to use the images for icons. :-)

And I found out the name of the flowers. They are called Desert Aster.
ex_neke on May 6th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Desert Aster. The things I learn on LJ. ^_^

ex_neke on May 7th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
One post with 25 icons here. :)
diedeutsche on May 2nd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Wow, your pictures are always exceptional but some of these are just stunning. Roadside flowers and the Iguana are my favorites.
Seal: sweetsealwhiskers on May 2nd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
wow, way to make my morning!
kejnkejn on May 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
oh, the beauty!
Yathinyathin on May 2nd, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
That place is so huge, we've only scratched the surface!
Margaretrivendweller on May 2nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Really, really good photos, Yathin!
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! Death Valley is a beautiful place! :-)
depontideponti on May 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Superb. Looks like this is running Yosemite for a...photo-finish!
Yathinyathin on May 4th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
And they are just a couple of hours drive from each other (when the high mountain passes are open in summer!)
depontideponti on May 4th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh, don't talk to me about high mountain passes....I am in for high mountains of diapers...and pisses, not passes.... for the next few weeks!

Can't complain, Eli is a well-behaved GD so far...but...walks in Forest Park are about it for me now.
suhassuhas on May 4th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Superb. Liked the iguana, sand dunes and the Grand stand, truly awesome!
iblog93: grey heronavocett on May 6th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Wow , great photos !
And what a place , looks truly amazing !
The second Iguana photo is my favourite , but the others are cool , too !
Have a nice day/evening/morning or whatever the time is where you live :) !