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Salt Creek in Morning Light
Salt creek is home to saltbush and pupfish but it is also a wonderful place for a morning walk. I went for the walk on the boardwalk that morning and upon my return to the parking area the sun dimmed. Looking southeast I was treated to this colorful view. I raced to make the capture and I am happy to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.´╗┐
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Mesquite Dunes East View
On a crisp afternoon with very clear skies I captured this image. It took 3 exposures to carry the depth of field. I wanted to show the grains of sand and textures all the way to the far mountains. I shot this on the east side of the dunes near stovepipe well.´╗┐
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Evidence of Man
When we think of Death Valley we think of the harsh environment with the temperatures of 120 to130 degrees fahrenheit during the summer. Despite these harsh conditions man lived and worked in the valley and surrounding areas. Our native americans were here for a long time then the miners came and left very little evidence with exception of a little rock art. Miners ,looking and hoping for a quick fortune with some settling for a never easy living working and claim waiting for the big strike, left a lot of evidence but as time takes it's toll even that becomes of interest. The beauty of decay is spread around Death Valley and can be found just a short walk off the paved highways.´╗┐
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The "V"
Cottonball basin at first is just a big flat area when you drive by but if you should stop and take a closer look you will find out it is something special. Yes it is flat but things happen when you add water. Here the water flowed in and out and from what direction I don't know but I do like the contrasts of the dark broken up mud and the white salt deposit made by the once running water.´╗┐
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Layers 
Hundreds of layers if you count the ripples in the sand. Looking toward the sun in this late afternoon image of the mesquite dunes and the panamint mountains in the background. It is wonderful when the shadows get long in the dunes.´╗┐
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Cottonball Basin
It's not labeled on the map so everyone drives by but the ones that take the time to explore get a interesting reward. There are springs on the edges, even in dry years there is water but the interesting part is being so flat the water take odd paths. I took this sunset image as I was returning to the car after an afternoon of exploration and a few images. I was there with a friend that day and we had a great time and we were ready for a relaxing evening and a rock in the rockers at Stovepipe wells.´╗┐
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Afternoon Dunescape
I was walking in the mesquite dunes near a ridge when it really struck me how much different things looked on both sides of the ridge. There had been a large wind the night before and the dunes were full of texture as seen on the left but on the right there was smoothness. Let me assure you the wind did not stop at the ridge and there is just as much texture on the right side. The mud hills at the top seem to frame the dunes so they have boundaries. What I like in this image is the feel of texture yet the smoothness of the dunes. Even the ridge has a smooth and gentle curve to it. Feeling and trying to capture the feeling ┬áis what it is all about.┬á´╗┐
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Early Afternoon in the Dunes
I was walking in on of the lower areas and on the ridge I saw these creosote bushes with their seed pods glowing in the ┬áafternoon light sitting atop a ridge of sand. Finding a location that I liked took a while but once found I could not help but think what influence the vegetation has on the formation and shape of the dunes. This dune just seemed so graceful in shape and the creosote are seemed as decorations just glimmering in the sun. ┬á´╗┐
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The mesquite dunes near stovepipe well is a excellent choice for shooting shape and form. The early evening light lasts a while and can be very dramatic yielding tones well suited to Black and White ┬áphotography.┬á´╗┐
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The colors of nature are sometimes very subtle other times not so. Artist Palette in Death Valley can come alive in the morning light. I rejected this image but on my second processing pass I saw something that seemed wrong in my first processing and this is the second round result. There is much more here for the eye so I will return with the hopes of doing a multi line pano of this area. This is a great place to go look and hike anytime of the day.┬á´╗┐
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