It came to my attention today that I've been neglecting to keep this site updated. Since my last post, I've been on many wonderful adventures, and I will now provide some updates on those. We'll start with Death Valley, hence the name of the post.
Despite its name, Death Valley is a beautiful place. While the above picture might suggest an abundance of sand dunes, there really wasn't. There were a few notable sets of dunes, such as the Eureka Dunes, pictured above, but most of Death Valley is actually dirt. Or salt. There was quite a bit of salt.
Above is an example of some of the salt. That is an image of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. Whenever a significant amount of rain falls, the basin will actually flood, but because the average rainfall is only 1.9 inches per year and the annual evaporation rate is 150 inches, the water doesn't last particularly long. However, the rain always brings a new layer of salt, washed down from the surrounding mountains. At least, I'm pretty sure that's what happens, but don't take my word for it.
Being an incredibly desolate valley with no significant settlements anywhere nearby, there was very little light pollution, which means the skies are incredible. Well, that's what I hear. When we were there, there just happened to be a full moon. While this disappointed me because I really wanted to try shooting the Milky Way, it did give me the opportunity to take some shots that were interesting in a very different way.
I suppose I could go on about the trip a little more, but I'd rather move on to the next post. Here, have a couple more photos.