DEATH VALLEY

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.

(Death Valley pictures at surendra.smugmug.com)

Death Valley

Death Valley sky lights (surendra.smugmug.com)

So why would you go to Death Valley where summer temperature can soar to 135 degrees F? A question I was asked. Here’s why…

Zabrinskie Point sunrise

Zabriskie Point sunrise surendra.smugmug.com

It is only in the desert that all elements of nature come together to paint a canvas silently and all too quickly, as if there was an artist painting and then rethinking and repainting:

Zabriskie Point at sunrise

Zabriskie Point at sunrise surendra.smugmug.com

and when nature cooperates the impact can be breathtaking

Mesquite sand Dunes at dawn

Mesquite sand Dunes at dawn surendra.smugmug.com

and surreal:

Mesquite Sand Dunes at dawn   surendra.smugmug.com

Mesquite Sand Dunes at dawn surendra.smugmug.com

Mesquite Sand Dunes at dawn surendra.smugmug.com

Mesquite Sand Dunes at dawn surendra.smugmug.com

where life can flourish

Life in the Desert

Life in the Desert

even bloom:

Blooms in the dunes surendra.smugmug.com

Blooms in the dunes
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or bravely lie dormant not dead:

Dormant not dead in the dunes. surendra.smugmug.com

Dormant not dead in the dunes. surendra.smugmug.com

..where oxidized minerals (iron salts,manganese,mica) produce an artists palette

Artists palette surendra.smugmug.com

Artists palette
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and slot canyons (Mosaic Canyon) with layers of breccia and marble:

Mosaic Canyon Marble surendra.smugmug.com

Mosaic Canyon Marble
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…while Cottonball marsh (how I missed my gum boots) a huge expanse of mud, salt and water provides interesting landscapes:

Cottonball marsh surendra.smugmug.com

Cottonball marsh
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and interesting reflections. This is where snow peaks, salty marsh and slush come together!

Cottonball Marsh surendra.smugmug.com

Cottonball Marsh
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Who can miss the sunset 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater landscape..

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Badwater at sunset
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The desert can be a lonely place and as I made my way back I noticed I was low on gas, frightfully low as I noticed the warning glow. I drove on and on and then I picked up my phone to find myself in an”Oh shit” moment as good ol’ AT&T proudly proclaimed no signal! No traffic in the desert either… miraculously the GPS indicated a gas station a few miles ahead! Lessons noted – where possible fill those tanks! Or else you may have another interesting story to tell!

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About sursaxeng

I love travel and photography. Send me to places awe inspiring and beautiful.
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