Wrapping up from Death Valley

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Thanks to everyone who followed me on this trip. I appreciate your support, and have enjoyed interacting and sharing the preparations, experiences and photographs from what was an awesome trip. I had a wonderful time both in person in California, and virtually here in the blogosphere.

I am probably going to self-publish a book from this blog to help remind me of the experiences I had. A print run of one – aren’t Web 2.0 tools amazing! Not entirely sure what online publisher to use, so if anyone has any recommendations, they’d be appreciated.

Thanks again to everyone who viewed and commented on this blog. I had a great time and am looking forward to the next big trip… the 17-day family vacation this summer to California to see the Owens Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Fancisco, and Big Sur… should be a blast, and of course I will be bringing my camera gear.

In the meantime, most of my images can be found over on Flickr. I will be adding to the collection there as I make new ones. Here’s one last image from the trip to California. This is Mobius Arch, or Galen’s Arch – from the Alabama Hills area. This version is composed at a little wider angle than the one I already posted, and it was made earlier that same morning, this time before the sun had risen. Later…

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Longest Day…

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Today was what one might safely call a long day! I was up at 4am EST to get to the airport, and even though all of my flights connected on time and everything went smoothly, it still made for a tiring day traveling. I hate flying. Not the actual flying, but the claustrophobic and stifling feeling you get when confined in the airplane seat. Never comfortable, I tried to doze but had a hard time trying to catch up.

Landed in LA and headed straight for the car rental place. After a brief delay, I set off on the “Freeway” in my shiny little PT Cruiser. It was quite cool to drive north on I-405 and see famous names like Sunset Boulevard, Mulholland Drive, and Santa Monica Boulevard in person.

I knew that I could not get to Death Valley before sunset, and wanted to try to at least shoot something on the way. I decided to stick to the plan and drive north toward the Trona Pinnacles. After a considerable drive, I arrived at the entrance to the 5-mile long dirt road leading to the site just before sunset. I drove faster than I should have on the awful road, just trying to get close enough so that I might be able to make a photograph or two before the light was gone.

As you can see, the light wasn’t anything special, but as always, just being there was really neat. Definitely a unique place – even otherwordly – but unfortunately I was unable to come away with a photograph that really did this place justice. Within 5 minutes of me grabbing my camera and scrambling to snag at least something, the shadow from a nearby peak had engulfed the scene. Rather than staying any longer to appreciate the scene and then having to navigate the dirt road back in the dark, I left pretty soon after taking this image.

I headed onward and upward, and am VERY happy to be off the road and able to rest. More to come… will be up bright and early and hope to be able to enjoy some more wonderful scenery.