In early December I visited Death Valley National Park. There are amazing photo opportunities in the desert. I especially enjoy the sand dunes.
This first photo was taken at Zabrinski Point. I used my zoom to focus on patterns in the landscape. Another photographer with a client walked up behind me. He saw what I was shooting and commented that it looked like a tooth.
This colorful scene was taken in another area of the park, along the Artist’s Palette drive.
The area of the desert that calls to me above others are the dunes. One of the days was overcast and gave way to rain showers. I was walking on the dunes this day in the late afternoon. As I walked across the undulating dunes, I imagined I was walking on a turbulent ocean, frozen in time. It almost made me sea-sick.
The photos below were taken the following day, as the sun rose, casting long shadows in the sand.
I found this clump of green (below) in a shadowy bowl between the crests of dunes.
This first photo was captured on the day I arrived in Capitol Reef National Park. After shooting photos at sunset, I was on the way back to my hotel. I decided to check out the scene on the Sunset Point trail for a future date. I didn’t expect to take any photos, but I took my camera gear anyway. It was a short walk to the point. The sun was already down and I noticed the red cliffs to the north were glowing in the blue post-sunset light. Another photographer was passing me on the return from the point while I was still on my way. I asked about the vista. He noted that the glowing hills were the main attraction and that we could see that here. I set up my tripod right there and starting shooting until it was dark. The shot below was a 30 second exposure.
The next photo was taken at a pull-out on the Norton-Bullfrog Road. I was attracted to these yellow cottonwoods.
The final photo in this collection is a place that I had seen in the photo’s of others. Here is a link to Chance Allred’s award winning photo. To find this place, I had to do a lot of trial-and-error research before leaving home. Once there, I had to figure out which dirt road to follow. And finally I had to walk a little over a mile in the open desert.
To see more from the Capitol Reef National Park and Beyond collection, click here.