Zabriskie Point and the Artist's Pallet
There is so much to explore in Death Valley and one of the most beautiful areas is the Artist's Drive. The nine mile, 14.484096 km, one way scenic loop lies at the foot of the Black Mountains between Furnace Creek and Badwater.
As the narrow paved road curves and bends over hills and across steep gullies, we were taken on a voyage back in time through Death Valley's violent past while it was being created by volcanic activity.
The Artist's Palette, vivid hues of orange, mustard and yellow accent the clay which was composed from cemented gravel and volcanic debris.
The Black Mountains are a result of the uplifting caused from faulting. The broken layers of multi-colored rocks were created over the vastness of time from the oxidation of metals: red, pink and yellow from iron salts; green from decomposing mica; and purple from manganese.
The Desert Holly blends in so well with the harsh desert surroundings,
it often goes unnoticed.
Zabriskie Point and the Artist's Pallet stand as a testament to nature's artistry and the violent eruptions, ancient lava flows and million of years of erosion involved in the creation of Death Valley.
Photography like nature is forever changing and no one moment remains the same. What I found most rewarding with our group in the Death Valley Photography Experience was that we were able to stay on track with our plans for each photography session and were also able to make a mutual change of direction to go to a different scene, whenever it presented itself.
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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.
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