A visit to Death Valley

A few weeks ago my buddies Chris Frailey, Rick Young and myself, took a quickie trip to Death Valley. We hit some of the most popular spots, like Race Track Playa, the salt flats, Devil’s Golf Course, etc. Along the way I took some photos…some of them I take a lot of time to edit and process (see here), but sometimes I’m just taking snapshots that I quickly edit using presets in Lightroom.

The day started off foggy and overcast from Phoenix through west of Las Vegas, you can see that in a few of the first photos. I’ll add some notes along the way!

Hope you enjoy.

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The way the mountains just kinda rose right up from the ground, so near to the highway, was mind-boggling to me.

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Devil’s Golf Course

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Artists’ Palette

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On the way to Race Track

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An awesome photographer we met out there

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Rick brought fire and steel wool to have a bit of fun after the sun went down.

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Timelapsing

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Frailey

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Rick

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I was mesmerized by the cracked playa.

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That rock formation is known as The Grandstand. Sits in the middle of the dry lake bed. Kinda crazy.

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Random people showed up with this alien statue…

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We got buzzed twice by this jet. On the way back, it was literally only a few hundred feet off the ground and not very far from us. This was taken with a 135mm, so not that much of a zoom.

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Ubehebe Crater

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A selfie

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Early morning at Devil’s Golf Course

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Yes, a weather station!

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There is a little wide “dash” less than halfway up the cliff face…that’s sea level.

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The salt flats look a lot like ice…in fact it almost felt like ice except for the fact you didn’t slide.

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  • http://www.ryoungfoto.com Rick

    Such a great time with you guys.

  • Kim Lechner

    I really enjoyed this post Mike. Fantastic job capturing your trip. I especially love the textural and detail shots. Certainly an amazing landscape!

  • http://tjuttke.com Shannon

    Very cool pictures, Mike!

  • http://www.birdwalking.ca/pblog/ RobertB

    Wonderful stuff here. Really enjoyed looking at your trip. Death Valley is on my bucket list. Hopefully soon.