Photographing Death Valley

Photographing Death Valley provides photographers with an almost endless array of landscapes.

Over the past three years my wife and I have visited several National Parks on the western side of the United States  and each has been spectacular.   This past winter while in Arizona we did road trip with one of our long time friends and spent some time exploring Death Valley and the surrounding area.

At 3.4 million acres in size, Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park in the USA outside of Alaska.  As first time visitors to Death Valley we were surprised at the diverse range of landscapes found in the park.

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Badwater basin with its vast salt flats is lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level and is perhaps visually one of the most common images that come to mind when one hears of Death Valley.

Dante’s View provides a breathtaking look over Badwater basin.  The hiking trails near the lookout provide a good opportunity for some high altitude hiking combined the opportunity to photograph some spectacular views.

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Perhaps the most famous viewpoint in Death Valley Park is Zabriske Point.  Standing on the point gives one a good sense of the vastness of the park.

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One of the areas of the Park that I found most interesting was the Mesquite Flat sand dunes.  Featuring crescent, linear and star shaped sand dunes this area provides many great opportunities for landscape photographers.

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Death Valley National Park provides lots of opportunities for hikers. One afternoon we explored the trails in Golden Canyon.  Well named, the canyon afford hikers a great opportunity to explore a seemingly endless number of trails through strikingly golden colored hills.

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit Death Valley National Park, add it to your bucket list. I think you will be glad you did.

 

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