Open on a big computer with good internet signal, if possible! Please me know if this post was too long (took too long to open all these photos).
Three weeks ago and then two weeks ago, I traveled to Death Valley for half-day trips (it’s only 2 hours from me). The intent was to photograph the dunes at Stovepipe Wells before the sun moves too far in the spring sky causing the shadows of the dunes to change much (to the detriment of images). The second trip though didn’t come close to the dunes. I met several inches of snow on the mountainous road leading to the dunes and decided instead to photograph the snow in the desert.
Meanwhile, back in the Owens Valley, other photos were collecting; below is a retrospective of some of my last month’s photos – not just Death Valley!
The shadows change depending on which direction you’re facing. This is facing north.
This was taken a day after the weekend wind storm that caused fire near me. The winds were very high, causing nice ripples. Don’t the curves of the dunes remind you of reclining nudes?!?
This is a south-facing photo.
Second visit, ACK snow! Pre-dawn light, bitter cold.
Pink skies heralded the dawn.
The Joshua Trees looked like hefflelumps!
I’m not sure how this will look on your screen, I’ve never tried to post a panoramic view. The road leading out of Death Valley was empty. I got out of the car and was snapping the mountains south of me, when I decided to try a hand-held panoramic view, five photos stitched together through the magic of Adobe Photoshop. The snow on the valley probably melted (or evaporated depending on the water content) before the day was gone, but it was beautiful while I was there.
Quince blooms in the Owens Valley – the same day as the Death Valley snow pics.
A visit to Hot Creek – so close to the hot magma below. I keep getting drawn back to Long Valley even though that magma is so close to the surface!
Hot Creek steam – this is my favorite of all in the last month.
The very next day – a planetary conjunction – Venus, Mars, Moon!
My friend Maggie is a keeper of the petroglyphs, checking them periodically. She invited me along! The glyph on the left – the snake went into the house and came out????
I was shown several areas I had not visited before.
I always see spaceships when visiting the petroglyphs!
My granddaughter was more interested in the pack-rat homes!
The Native Americans took advantage of this fish-shaped volcanic rock thrown to rest atop a boulder pile.
Rocky Mountain Mule Deer inhabit the Eastern Sierras.
One of the Los Angeles water intakes. Still mostly frozen, not quite ready for anglers.
This is the mountain shadow sliding over the valley as I was traveling down from the aspens. By the time I reached the valley floor, most was in shadow except just the tops of the White Mountains in the background.
A falling star over the full moon reflection on Mono Lake. Who could ask for more? Traveling from Coleville (after helping to hang a photography show from several members of my local photography group).
The horses at Deep Springs know when the kids visit, they usually have treats!
Dusty, dirty desert fun!
Yesterday was my first high-country hike as I’ve stayed away from slippery slopes. The road shows the many footsteps of the hikers since it’s closed to traffic. I stayed on the roads – the slopes are still slippery and I don’t have snowshoes, still managing 3.5 miles and 500′ elevation gain.
The Eastern Sierras shortly before what I thought was going to be a stupendous sunset. However, in just an hour, most of the clouds that had been stationary for hours, blew away!
A little color appeared over the White Mountains to the east. A good end of the day.