The intensely vibrant color found in such a relatively lifeless place blows my mind. If you've never spent time in the desert, I recommend taking the time to do so. You will undoubtedly learn something about the world, or at the very least, about yourself. "The desert does not mean the absence of men, it means the presence of God." -Carlo Carreto
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Soft morning light. These hills in Death Valley are so beautiful with the variety of different colors all throughout. The soft hazy morning light made it so that the different tones seemed to bleed into each other.
Sitting in isolation at home, I haven't had much time to go out and shoot photos. However, I've started to comb through some of the archives to see what gems may exist that I missed or forgot about the first time through. I'm really glad I came back to this one!
Aus meinem Archiv. Erst war ich noch ganz alleine am Badwater Basin. Und plötzlich ist ganzes Rudel Photographen mit Reiseführer eingefallen. Aber das Übernachten im Wohnmobil hat sich sichtlich gelohnt.
Mountain Reflection 🏔
It was a fine peaceful Sunday morning. I've been to Death Valley several times and always left amazed every single time. This is the first time I've seen water in the lowest point in the US, I tend to go during the summer/fall because of clearer weather. Glad I was able to spend this morning with a few new friends 😊
Lumix 25mm f/1.7 (M43), 1/200sec at f/7.1, ISO 800
right now we're being asked to focus. focus on our inner beings. focus on the things that can no longer be found on the outside. the best way to connect to that is through meditation. the thing is, it doesn't always mean sitting on the floor with your eyes closed. it can be as simple as looking out your bedroom window. putting your ear buds in and cranking up the tunes. going for a run or taking a walk outside. if you're someone like me, you may even find peace and solace in off-road adventuring. this picture doesn't tell half the story. you had to surreneder to a meditative mind, because one distraction, and it was a long way down ...
1 232 hours ago
Here's a little #throwbackthursday video showing scale and perspective of this crazy place.
This is definitely one of the best spots to watch sunset at Death Valley National Park 😍
Today I’m virtually transporting y’all to a remote area in Death Valley known as Racetrack Playa, the land of the moving rocks. Baffling tourists and locals alike, the rocks emulate snails, leaving behind a trail that taints the surface beneath them. Some rocks are large and some are small, but each supply a puzzling image that goes against all common senses.
Want to learn the newly-discovered secret behind the sailing stones? Check out my blog post, link’s in my bio!
Been to Death Valley several times, but on my last visit saw a few things I hadn’t seen before, including the Artist’s Palette - there’s a lot of color hidden around the massive expanse of Death Valley National Park.
2 702 hours ago
Social distancing even while out in nature. Take the virus serious but don’t forget to keep moving and get out into nature when and if you can. There are plenty of hikes that are under trekked and not full of people. Find them. Search them out. I recommend @alltrails it’s a great app that lets you scout out your next adventure and also find out if they’re open. •
How’s everyone hanging in there? Another month of this but let’s be diligent so we can make this the last month!
Circa December 2012. It was freezing.
This has been one of my most technical photographs. I used a finger to block the sun to correctly expose the foreground, then another frame exposed to the #risingsun . Nikon D800, and 28/1.8 mm prime- the only lens I could afford for ~ 2 years! I remember how excited I was when Nikon launched a camera with my dream specs. Put all my photography savings in it 😂. I miss the chilled pace of #landscapephotography . Being in a beautiful location at the right time is a treat to your senses- with or without the camera!
Finally used the lockdown to sort my home computing stuff, should have access to my DSLR photos!
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🇮🇹🇮🇹 Mesquite Sand Dunes in 3 ^ marzo. Un luogo unico della terra. L'arco della via lattea sopra di esso chiude il cerchio. Una bellezza unica🇺🇸🇺🇸 Mesquite Sand Dunes on 3rd March. A unique place on earth. The arc of the Milky Way above it closes the circle. A unique beauty #deathvalley#deathvalleynationalpark#deathvalley
We all have moments that are burned into our memories, good and bad. This is one of my favorites.
Several years ago. Death Valley. Chill wind, piercing sunlight, crisp blue sky with nary a cloud, and the soothing colors of the desert. This is one of the most cinematic spots in Death Valley National Park—an old ghost town that has been turned into a sort of outdoor art gallery: enormous sculptures, withering cars and houses, faces buried in the sand like something out of Game of Thrones.
Death Valley is my favorite place on earth. It’s going to feature in the second book of my supernatural thriller duology and I’ve always dreamed of filming something here someday. This shot, I think taken by either @arki_katt or @konstantin_e_gabbro, is me trying to look like a badass writer or movie director. (P.S. I really miss those boots. They’re weathered husks now, but I still have them in my closet.)
Whatever you’re dreaming of, keep those dreams alive. We’ll get back out there in the world at some point, and we’ll need each other’s creativity and stories more than ever.
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars🌙✨
We’ve got our jetpack on and landed on the moon for some real #socialdistancing ... what if this was possible?! 🌙
📍Badwater Basin, Death Valley - the lowest point of North America with a depth of 282ft below sea level! In low places like this, it should fill with water and lead to the sea but since it’s so dry out here, instead the water evaporates leaving behind these cool salt flats we get to stand on instead. Best time to visit is during winter/spring months or else it gets HOT in the summer!🌙
This was our last trip outside last month and first time here surprisingly since we’re not too far away! Have you visited Death Valley?✨
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This photo is fake and I just thought you should know🤷🏽♀️
I’ve lived in this state my whole life and up until now, have never visited Death Valley. Since the rise of Instagram spots, i’m constantly seeing epic photos of Death Valley and of course, I felt like I just had to see it for myself.
This photo isn’t ALL fake of course. The entire composition is unchanged from the original shot but all these colors...its art, not reality, and the only reason I chose to brush in these tones and tints is because I believe in stealing like an artist. There are maybe 3-4 photographers I really look up to in their art and I was honestly a bit disappointed to visit this spot in real life and realize, “OMG they were all lying to me about this place!” It was still beautiful just very different than the picture people have painted (literally). Nevertheless, the way they chose to create their images in post-processing made for something really moving and breathtaking and it’s what I also aspire to create in my images.
So long winded point is: Death Valley is still pretty but it’s not like this, Instagram may or may not be causing unnecessary overtourism in these beautiful places, I would never spend an hour editing 1 photo if it weren’t for quarantine, don’t believe everything you see on social media (especially at a time like this), and finally, create what inspires YOU whether it seems dumb, illogical, or straight up bad. It doesn’t matter. Creating is all about creation itself. Create because it’s fun to create.
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If you look realll closely you’ll see a guy walking across this amazing landscape, that gives you perspective of the massive scale of this place. Also this was in the first episode of the Mandalorian.
FUN FACT: Death Valley is home to the Timbisha tribe of Native Americans, formerly known as the Panamint Shoshone, who have inhabited the valley for at least the past millennium. The Timbisha name for the valley, tümpisa, means "rock paint" and refers to the red ochre paint that can be made from a type of clay found in the valley. Some families still live in the valley at Furnace Creek. Another village was in Grapevine Canyon near the present site of Scotty's Castle. It was called in the Timbisha language maahunu, whose meaning is uncertain, although it is known that hunu means "canyon".
The valley received its English name in 1849 during the California Gold Rush. It was called Death Valley by prospectors and others who sought to cross the valley on their way to the gold fields, after 13 pioneers perished from one early expedition of wagon trains. During the 1850s, gold and silver were extracted in the valley. In the 1880s, borax was discovered and extracted by mule-drawn wagons.
Death Valley National Monument was proclaimed on February 11, 1933, by President Herbert Hoover, placing the area under federal protection. In 1994, the monument was redesignated as Death Valley National Park, as well as being substantially expanded to include Saline and Eureka Valleys.
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Badwater Milky Way-
Before the sun comes up, the Milky Way glows over a bed of crystallized salt in Badwater Basin. Hiking out in the dark is always an adventure. The salt flat crunching with every step is the only sound other than my own breath. It’s cold but calm as I make the long walk out to find my spot. After setting up, I wait for the Milky Way to creep over the mountain and begin to shoot away.
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How are you? No, really - how are you? Some places in the world, it is much easier to practice social distancing (like outside the west entrance to Death Valley near Panamint Valley Road on our California road trip a year ago), and others it is much harder.
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We are good here in Orlando. I work from home and am an introvert who likes staying home, so it is easy to forget what is going on outside until I turn on the news. My husband still goes to work every day like normal (he’s a cop, so no work from home option there) which makes it feel again like nothing changed in our day to day life. We are blessed that he has a job that is always needed no matter what is going on in the world, but I know a lot of people are hurting right now. If you are one of them, know I am praying for you and feel free to reach out anytime.
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Since travel is shut down in most parts of the world right now, I’m thinking about using my captions to give more blog/Pinterest tips along with some travel tips for when things open back up (not that I post that often). Thoughts? Anything else you’d like to see from me?
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Also answering questions in stories right now and sharing blog posts daily from other bloggers since swiping up is free and can be done from home - DM me if you want to make sure you are on the list, and feel free to send the post you want linked (otherwise I just pick one I like). Hoping everyone is healthy and safe and doing okay out there 💙