Bee Hive Kilns

Bee Hive Kilns

These interesting structures are ‘bee hive kilns’ are found in Death Valley National Park and were used to create charcoal for smelting ore that was found locally. (This was back in the early 1900’s)

They are found high in the mountains where there were pines growing to make satisfactory charcoal. Unfortunately, the pines are very slow growing (not much water), and the trees that you see in the background are junipers that have taken the place of the pines. The claims ran out or became too expensive to work to justify the costs of working in such an inhospitable environment. The kilns were left, along with the destruction of the pine forest for miles around.

Glass Mountain, OR

Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain is southeast of Prineville in north central Oregon. It got the name from the large pieces of obsidian that are scattered across the surface. I like the showers showing off in the distance.

Ashford Mill

Ashford Mill Ruins I

The ruins of the Ashford Mill are within the boundary of Death Valley National Park. The mill was built in 1914 and was processing the ore from the Golden Treasure Mine about 5 miles to the east. The location is just south of Badwater and is below sea level and a hot and dry environment. Not a good location for processing ore.

Ashford Mill Ruins II

Badwater, Death Valley

Badwater, Death Valley

This is the lowest point in the North American continent, Badwater, Death Valley National Park at 282 ft (86m) below sea level. It was 104 degrees (40 C) when I took this photo. The white color is caused by people walking out to the actual low point in the middle of the valley. It is an alkali salt and the white color reflects the heat and makes it seem that much warmer. Not a pleasant place to spend a lot of time, but a unique experience.

The mountains across the valley include the highest point in Death Valley National Park … Telescope Peak at 11, 043 feet (3366 m). Quite a contrast in elevation in a short distance.

Clearing Storm over Lone Pine Peak

Clearing Storm over Lone Pine Peak

This was taken from the Mt Whitney Portal Road near the town of Lone Pine, CA. The boulders in the foreground are part of the Alabama Hills, a frequent location for shooting western movies and tv shows in the ’50’s.

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