After visiting Badwater, my next stop was Furnace Creek. This ranch is located 58 m below sea level and has a population of 24.
It’s not really far from BadWater to Furnace Creek, but there were just so many fascinating mountain shapes, and fantastic colors. The photos below will never be able to convey the real beauty of the mountains.
I suddenly saw this fascinating lava sculpture.
This was the only animal I saw in Death Valley. He looked really hot and out of place, and hardly bothered to get out of the roads when the cars came.
A couple of miles north of Badwater Basin, is the Natural Bridge Canyon. There is a short, but really bumpy drive from the highway to the start of the trail.
This is where the trail starts. I was amazed by all the colors in the mountains. (I was planning to go to the Artists Drive, but the road was for some reason closed).
(1/1000s, F2.8, ISO 100, 24mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)
Walking up to the natural bridge was several waterfalls carved in the side of the canyon.
People obviously have had fun here creating small rock towers. There were plenty of them all throughout the valley.
After about 15 minutes walk up the canyon was the natural bridge, with me underneath. (I had forgotten my radio-remote in the car, so had to use the 10 second timer and run to get the photo :-)). This photo should give you some impression of the size of the bridge.
The light conditions were difficult, with the sun shining on parts of the canyon, and other parts in shade. So in addition to adding contrast, I’ve increased the “shadows” and reduced the “Highlights” and “Whites” in the photo.
(1/30s, F10, ISO100, 11mm – Lens DT 11-18mm)