After the sunrise at Zabriskie Point we went on to hike Desolation Canyon, which is just a short distance away. As mentioned in the previous post, clouds began to move in quickly. We drove down from Zabriskie Point, made our left turn from CA-190 onto Badwater Road, and wow! A beautiful stripe of warm morning light illuminated the landscape.
I’m trying to keep up the pace with my blogging in a more documentary and trip-report style and this is the second entry from our recent Death Valley trip.
We spent the long weekend in Death Valley to get out of the house just for a little bit. This time, we had a reservation at Stovepipe Wells and drove via Ridgecrest, where we stopped for lunch*, and then continued via the Searles Valley and Trona into the Panamint Valley.
It’s Christmas Eve and at least when it comes to the weather, we’re not really feeling it here in Southern California — a brief warm-up period over the weekend will be followed by (hopefully) some rain, next week.
It’s always a struggle to also do the documentary aspects of photography justice, or perhaps trying to balance honest images with photographic twilight dreamscapes isn’t really possible anyway. My recent desert landscape photos, my ode to clear skies and the reflected twilight glow, the intimate little details in soft and even light, flower and plant close-ups shaded with a diffuser… they are a bit misleading.
In landscape photography, epic sunsets are often considered to be the ideal — clouds in the sky, ablaze in orange, pink, red, magenta, yellow. An empty clear sky is frowned upon as boring but guess what… I beg to differ. ;)