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09 April 2008 @ 05:08 pm
Death Valley Picture Post #1 - The Trip Out  
I think the title says it all. Ready for some big pictures of really dry stuff??

We left REALLY early. Here's a shot after about 45 minutes on the road. Karen wanted to take a picture of the moon rising over the mountains. One of the main lessons I've picked up in trying to learn photography is Always Crib Other Photographer's Shots. They may see something you don't. So here is a crib of Karen's shot. I don't have the pictures from Martin or Karen yet, so these are all my shots in the post...

This next shot was just really California Desert for me. It was taken in California City, outside of Mojave. FYI, for the two of you who don't know, those are Joshua Trees in the foreground.

On our way to Death Valley we drove through Red Rock Canyon State Park (map) (wiki), which was too photogenic to not stop and snap some pictures of. This next two pictures are available as a desktop in a larger size, if anyone is interested.

Martin, in the park.

We also drove through the Coso Junction/Little Lake area, which had a bunch of lava rocks and a cinder cone. I'd give you a map, but the internet is being a little bitch about it. This picture is also available as a desktop, BTW.

I got several shots of wildflowers whenever we stopped. Some I could identify, some I couldn't. I'll be posting a Wildflowers picture post later with the identified ones, but for the moment, does anyone know what this spiky stuff is? It looks SO distinctive, but I can't find it in any of my guides or online. This was taken near the Coso Junction/Little Lake area in Inyo county, again.

There were also man-tall shrubbery by the side of the road that were nodding in the breeze with a beautiful mauve color all over them. I can't identify these either, obviously.

Our last proper bit of civilization, before we hit the area considered to be generally Death Valley (but not properly), was in Olancha. We had been seeing ads for "Fresh Jerky", in which the very term amused us, and decided to pop in. We were all pretty glad we did.

Here's the shop indoors. It was tiny, but carried a bunch of different types of honey, flavored jerky, flavored nuts and dried fruit.

Karen and Martin split some jerky, which they made last through the next few days, but my favorite is down below.

See that second one over? Garlic and Onion pistachios. I might well have bought some, but the ones in the samples were the only ones in the store at that time. They tasted AWESOME and if the idea of Garlic and Onion pistachios appeals to you, I recommend going to their website and buying some. Otherwise I don't really recommend it, because the website bites.

Do you remember the picture I posted from Death Valley back in this post? It turns out we weren't by Death Valley yet, but in the Panamint range, about the center of this map, at a place called Father Crowley point. Here's about the best picture I got of the area, although I'm always disappointed at my inability to capture the yawning depth of this sort of thing with a camera.

I also got a video of it, which I think does SLIGHTLY better...

We had lunch in Panamint Springs, which is about 3 buildings big, other than a bunch of campers.

If you're there in the future, though, the food is delicious.

Here's some machinery the desert killed, also in Panamint Springs.

We eventually got to Stovepipe Wells (motel)(map)(wiki) and unloaded our things into our motel rooms. Here's Karen in the courtyard/patio between our rooms.

After this, we pretty much did a little souvenir shopping at the motel, I "squee-ed" on the internet for y'all, and then we had dinner. The restaurant didn't photo well, as it was one of those rustic little steak places that have lots of sugar in their barbecue sauce, but here's an example of the place...

Later, before bed, we did some stargazing at the airstrip across the street, before heading to bed. I failed to be bitten by a scorpion, although later an owl flew low overhead at the motel so, fauna-wise, I did well.

Current Mood: busybusy
Inayah: Wednesday by incosmiccaravaninayah_az on April 10th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Ha I remember as a kid stopping at that jerky place and it was 125 degrees outside. It must have been foreshadowing for my move to AZ. Great pics and I am glad you didn't get bit by anything. =)
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Did you buy anything or try any of the samples? Or do you remember?

Do you enjoy the heat?

Wow, 125 degrees.
bunnyshortagesbunnyshortages on April 10th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Yay desertiness =D

I so hope I get a chance to visit there one day
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I hope you do, too.

FYI, if you have a spare room, I'd love to show it off ^______^
bunnyshortagesbunnyshortages on April 10th, 2008 03:11 am (UTC)
Hehe I'm in a bit of a flatting situation (I dunno what popular media from USA calls it, but a few people, unrelated, living in one place to make it cheaper for them all ... Is that the same as room-mates? That phrase always confused me. Who'd want to live in the same room as someone else? I had enough of that when I was 6, thankyouverymuch! Wow, what a ramble, I'd better end the parentheses here) but I could so swing you guys some lounge action at some point. I mean, we often lend out lounge-space to visitors from around the country, so why not around the world?
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Pretty much roommates, yeah, although in my group we have a term for a bunch of geeks/fans in one place, a "slan shack". So there you have two different terms for it, depending on how geeky all the people in the house are ^_^

And if we are ever in NZ, you can bet I will look you up ^_^

We lend out lounge space, too, right now we're booked through May 8-11
bunnyshortages: gat lovebunnyshortages on April 10th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
sweet =D
Rev. Otanaotana on April 10th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Gorgeous photos. How long were you out there for?
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
We left last Tuesday morning and got back last Thursday late evening... Glad you like the photos ^_^
hackmeisterhackmeister on April 10th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
Red Rock Canyon? There a canyon called that near Vegas, and it looks just like that. What route did you take? Are there two Red Rock Canyons??
Fritters: AD - Osaka Looking About by frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I know there's a red rocks in Colorado or something, so probably. We took the 14 up to the 190/395? If you click on the map links you can figure out our basic trail. But in summary, yeah, there's probably at least two.
sombersigh on April 10th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
Wonderful pics - such variety!!
M's hips and attitude look great here:

And these are my favorite nuts, mouthwateringly presented:
Tgabks for sharing the goods! ;p
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Wonderful pics - such variety!!
You could order the nuts online, they ARE delicious, but I'm not sure it would be worth the shipping, you know? I'm on a big pistachio kick right now.

Martin was being silly and said that was a great picture if he wasn't in it spoiling it! =P Such a brat!

Edited at 2008-04-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: cameraraislak on April 10th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
Great shots again! Love the rusty engine, and the canyon with the "vanishing point" clouds (#3)
Fritters: AD - Osaka Looking About by frittersfritters on April 10th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got DAMNED lucky on those clouds! I didn't even SEE them until I had the pics on my computer. Glad you like the shots! I'm trying VERY hard to be a better photographer.
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: Bruce Groovyraislak on April 10th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
me too, but I need to fix on a camera. My new digital I sold to my parents as they were drooling over it, so I'm back to my Minolta 500si 35mm that takes great shots, and is the standard I judge all cameras by, but is not digital....
Fritters: Gir Beating with text by inane and frittfritters on April 10th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
With the money for processing, film, and the time it takes to drop off and pick up, I don't see how anyone can AFFORD not to be digital. Not to mention my camera isn't good enough to take a couple of those shots, that's why God invented Photoshop. If I had a 800 dollar real camera and a 100 dollar digital, I'd probably still use the digital.