Death Valley Trip – Driving to Furnace Creek

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.

Mountain
(1/80s, F11, ISO100, 40mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

Mountain
(1/160s, F11, ISO100, 70mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

I suddenly saw this fascinating lava sculpture.

Sculpture
(1/60s, F18, ISO160, 35mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

Mountain
(1/100s, F8, ISO100, 24mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

Mountain
(1/125s, F6.3, ISO100, 35mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

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.

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Death Valley Trip – Badwater basin

Badwater Basin is the lowest point in Death Valley, more than 85m below sea level.

Not really a lot of water, and absolutely bad, being way to salty to drink. But there is actually both plants and animals living in the water.

This is on the way down to Badwater Basin. I liked the layered mountains. Also notice, the straight road.

(1/250s, F11, ISO 100, 70mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

In the deserts, a few plants try to survive.

(1/40s, F22, ISO500, 24mm – lens 24-70F2.8)

The lowest point. There is a little water, and a lot of salt. They have set up a small platform, so you can get close to the water and the salt crystals.

(1/2000s, F2.8, ISO100, 24mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)

Here you see some of the water and the salt crystals.

(1/1250s, F4.5, ISO 100, 11mm – Lens 11-18)

I was also amazed by all the colorful mountains in Death Valley. Here with some of the salt in front.

(1/200s, F8, ISO 100, 75mm – Lenst 70-200F2.8)

Before leaving Badwater, I took photo of myself, thanks to my GorillaPod, which is just strong enough to hold my camera with the 24-70 lens.

And finally an overview picture, where you can see the size of the basin, all covered with salt.