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Death Valley – Sunrise 1/31/10

For the final magic hour shoot of the trip, we headed back to the previous morning’s location to once again go after reflections in the morning light. While the sky did not give us dramatic clouds this time, I did walk away with some nice images albeit with some saltwater-soaked hiking boots.

Pre-dawn symmetry

Pre-dawn symmetry

Pre-dawn glow

Pre-dawn glow

Soft colors warming the sky to the north

Soft colors warming the sky to the north

Cottonwood Mountains symmetry

Cottonwood Mountains symmetry

Setting moon, Panamints, Cottonwoods and reflections

Setting moon, Panamints, Cottonwoods and reflections

Setting moon, Panamints, Cottonwoods and reflections a little later

Setting moon, Panamints, Cottonwoods and reflections a little later

Direct sunlight creeping down the northern end of the Panamints as the moon sets

Direct sunlight creeping down the northern end of the Panamints as the moon sets

Greyscale reflections

Greyscale reflections

Reflected world

Reflected world

Telescope Peak and the Panamints showing off their snowcaps

Telescope Peak and the Panamints showing off their snowcaps

A watery view of Death Valley

A watery view of Death Valley

Dawn's early light in Death Valley

Dawn's early light in Death Valley

These next few images were taken as I left Death Valley and made a few stops along the way when I felt inspired. First up is a shot going up Towne Pass west of Stovepipe Wells on the way out. I wanted to capture the sun halo that was visible through the high clouds around the sun.

Sun Halo over Pinto Peak in Towne Pass

Sun Halo over Pinto Peak in Towne Pass

Coming down from the pass, I was struck by what appeared to be an optical illusion. It’s as if the high Sierra Nevada mountains were submerged below a great blue ocean on the other side of the Argus Range. It was very strange to me and I felt compelled to stop and take a picture.

Seemingly a blue ocean is held back by the Argus Range

Seemingly a blue ocean is held back by the Argus Range

Finally on the edge of the Darwin Falls Wilderness there was a decent helping of snow on the ground around some Joshua Trees. I took many shots to try and capture what i felt but in the end I only was happy with this shot of some trees on a nearby ridge.

Joshua Trees in the snow

Joshua Trees in the snow

One last post from Death Valley is yet to come with just a few moonlight shots. This was a fantastic trip which produced many great images. More importantly, getting out in the wilderness was good for the soul.

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