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.

Dust Devil

Dust Devil

I was just leaving Manzanar … the WWII Japanese Internment Camp … when I noticed a dust devil forming in the field just to the north. I found a good spot to pull the car over and grabbed my camera. It wasn’t long after I took this shot that it started to dissipate.

Rock and Heather

Rock and Heather

No, this isn’t from some mountain meadow… it’s from my front yard. I love having the heather bloom all winter — giving what few bees are around some flowers to visit. The boulder was likely a glacial erratic that was on the property, but that was before my time here.

Fort Churchill Details

Fort Churchill State Park, Nevada
Fort Churchill Detail

Fort Churchill State Park is about 40 miles east of Reno, Nevada. It is a small park, with limited camping/picnic space. But it presents an interesting collection of old adobe buildings for photo opportunities. Some are better in Black and White, but I liked the color in these and it gives a better sense of what the old fort looks like. Might have made a different decision if the clouds weren’t there to break up the sky.

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