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19 May 2008 @ 04:31 pm
Death Valley Picture Post #3  
Not really feeling this one. The fact that I ordered all the pics from snapfish, then scanned them, then resized, tried to color correct and found out none of them turned out well enough to make any of my beloved desktops, and the best copies of the pictures were gotten from doing screencaps of the snapfish slideshow and then correcting THEM, well, it all sort of got in the way. And I'm sorta down about the loss of all the great desktop pictures I was gonna make. But SOME of you probably actually care about seeing the third day in Death Valley pics, so I'm gonna be a Good Blogger (biscuit??) and post them anyways.

Did I mention there were a lot of ravens in Death Valley? Well, there are.

Those ravens vaguely feel like they need a caption, don't they?

On our way to Furnace Creek for breakfast (because we all decided the restaurant was way better) we noticed they grow their own dates out there.

This is the restaurant we went to most, BTW. I had an Omelette of Wonderfulness. That's not the name, but it ought to have been.

On our way out, Karen noticed a big old train they used when they were shipping the Twenty Mule Team Borax out of the area, and got some great shots. Mine bit, and I'm tired enough of editing photos that I'm not going to go through Karen's too, so sorry. But there was a train. And across from it was this nice shot...

Here's a flower...

The next stop we were planning on making was Artist's Palette, which is an area where the land has all sorts of natural spiffy colors in it. On the road to it, though, there was a big ol' hill that lots of people were hiking up and taking photos. Martin and I joined them. Apparently people were also piling stones in interesting ways. I got a few photos and both Martin and I made another couple of piles.

The most common shot you see of any of us on this trip... taking photos.

And on to Artist's Palette...

Have I mentioned there were a lot of ravens?

I have no idea what it is, but near Furnace Creek there are some other rock/soil weirdnesses that were colorful. They honestly reminded me of Corn Kitty Litter.

Our next stop was to see the Salt Creek Pupfish. Fish... in the desert. In a creek about 1 and a half inches deep. In an area that gets over 110 as a rule of thumb. They were really awesome. I had some movies of them. Here are some photos.

Afterwards we headed back to L.A. We stopped and got some wildflower shots on the trip home, though.

This is like the second coolest flower we found, because I swear to god it looks for all the world like some sort of wild onion. I can't find anything that matches it in the books, though. So here's what's probably an onion!

Also, one or two of you may recall, (you do, don't you??) that I was saving pictures to make a post of just the wildflowers we found that I could identify. Well, I am taking a miss at that, but here are some of the better shots...

This is some ground cherry. It ends up making these little balloon things after it's bloomed ^_^

This is some sort of pincushion, I can't really pin it down, so to speak.

This is my favorite shot of blooming Joshua Tree, from Rhyolite.

Current Mood: depresseddown
Current Music: "Oh, Is There Not One Maider Here" from Pirates of Penzance
bearybipolar on May 20th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Great pics!
you might consider getting into real world,digital,or hybrid scrapbooking . . .

you have great material that would be great dressed up and played with . . .

here's an aussie friend's digital scrapbooking site:
Serendipity Designs by patara

My wife's scrapbooking store:
Wool Sweater Street Scrapbooking Boutique
Fritters: Ed Stars by Frittersfritters on May 20th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Re: Great pics!
I don't like the expense of real world stuff, hence the digital camera, but I'll check out the digital type. My biggest problem is not knowing how to start. And not wanting things to look twee.
bearybipolar on May 20th, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
::gives biscuit::

*offers to share bag of fun size snickers*

Edited at 2008-05-20 05:52 am (UTC)
Fritters: Cat - NOMNOMNOM by iconziconsfritters on May 20th, 2008 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: forgot
One biscuit is on my diet, half a bag of snickers is not ^_^

*enjoys a biscuit*
Fritters: Gir YAY! by wilkins04fritters on May 20th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Great pics!
Snagged your wife's glitter tutorial ^_^
bearybipolar on May 20th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Re: Great pics!

Told Karen--we both 'puter in the family room with New Age radio usually playing either launchcast or pandora.

She's pleased.
Robyn Goodfellow: bad moverobyngoodfellow on May 20th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
The caption on the first pic should be:

Raven 1: He dead yet?
Raven 2: Nope.

Edited at 2008-05-20 06:16 am (UTC)
Fritters: GOAL! by Frittersfritters on May 20th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Raoul, McGurk, Zathras, something like that: cameraraislak on May 20th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ravin shot one caption.... "If we ignore it, maybe the chimney will go away!"

So what is the metal thing in the shot of the one fish? looks like terminator's spinal column...

But still on your shots the composition is excellent as always.

When you mentioned the rock stacking, I kept thinking of GhostBusters ("yeah, cuz people wouldn't stack books like that...")
Fritters: Gir YAY! by wilkins04fritters on May 20th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
The metal thing is actually just a rock, looking all shiny because of the water hitting it in the sun.

SO glad to hear I do good composition, composition is SO important in graphic design, my chosen field.