The Badlands

29 Dec
Of Fire and Waves :: CA

Of Fire and Waves :: CA

Earlier this month I went out west to explore Death Valley National Park in California.  During the month of October, they had a flood (yes, I said flood!  In the desert!) that changed a lot of the landscape.  Roads were washed out, some areas were completely inaccessible still, and the salt patterns in Badwater Basin got a bit of a reset.  Zabriskie Point though?  It was lookin’ mighty fine.  Especially draped in such dramatic light.

To say we lucked out with the skies during our trip is an understatement.  Like….the traveler/photographer/nature lover in me was literally freaking out.  A lot.  Because holy crap, that light. *swoon*

According to the Wik (always a reliable source of information), these badlands were the result of a little bit of water erosion (there used to be a lake here, with fish and stuff)…and then a little bit of lava action (so…also some volcano-y stuff).  The rock formations left behind were otherworldly and breath-taking, from both above at the overlook and below along the Badlands Loop trail. (To read more about our hike that day, check out my stuff on The Outbound Collective. They just released a brand new app for the iPhone and have a pretty rad new #protectthewild series of articles in their journal that are definitely worth a read!)

I had an awful lot of fun exploring Death Valley, and have put it on my “to re-visit” list, because a few days was just not enough time to see all of the awesome!  For now though, looking at these photos will have to suffice. 😉

Special thanks to David Thompson and David Pasillas for their help with this beast of an edit!

For those of you who like the details: f/9, 10 mm, iso 100, 1 sec

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11 Responses to “The Badlands”

  1. graydaysandcoffee December 29, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    I pulled my daughter over last night and showed her this pic on instagram. It’s an amazing shot. love your work

    • seeingspotsphoto December 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

      Aww, what a lovely thing to say! Thanks so much for the kind words and support. 🙂 it definitely means a lot!

  2. Timothy Price December 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Beautiful! I love badlands. They have so much to offer.

  3. edithlevyphotography December 29, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Gorgoeus!

  4. dksmithphotography December 29, 2015 at 9:20 pm #

    Great Shot! DV is one of my most favorite spots..especially the sand dunes at dawn. Someday I hope to be there in the spring for the desert to bloom…from what I can tell it is amazing.

    • seeingspotsphoto December 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      The Mesquite Dunes at sunrise were pretty spectacular! I agree, DV is so damn pretty. I definitely want to go back some time, and explore more. 🙂 We checked out Valley of Fire while we were in the area, and the was also pretty rad!

      • dksmithphotography December 31, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

        DV is like none other! I’ve always found a new adventure there during each and every visit. Happy New Year!

  5. smackedpentax December 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    This is superb! beautiful colours – just wonderful 🙂

    • seeingspotsphoto December 30, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you so much! I appreciate the kind words. 🙂 Hope you have a great new year!

      • smackedpentax December 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

        Thank you – you too 🙂

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