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Death Valley

WoodWorks

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After a long winter, I got the chance to head down to Death Valley for a few days of camping, riding, and photography (not necessarily in that order).

I camped up by the Wildrose Lime Kilns, more than 4,000 ft. (1,220m) above the valley floor.

Lime Kilns.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS    24mm    f/8.0    1/80s    ISO 100


The wind was fierce on my first day down in the valley, with the sand completely obscuring Stovepipe Wells.

Wind Storm.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS    24mm    f/11.0    1/200s    ISO 100


But I ducked into Titus Canyon, where there was some shelter from the storm.

Titus Canyon.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS    24mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 100


And then I rode out to the Racetrack, where howling winter winds blow boulders across the playa.

Racetrack.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 019    14mm    f/11.0    1/250s    ISO 100


The Grandstand on the Racetrack Playa

The Grandstand.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 019    14mm    f/11.0    1/500s    ISO 100


On the way home to Oregon I stopped by the Alabama Hills, and got this shot of Mt. Whitney, framed by a natural arch.

Mt. Whitney.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS    24mm    f/11.0    1/160s    ISO 100


All these were shot with the A7RIV, and the Sony 24–105mm and Sigma 14–24mm lenses.

Except this one. I had stopped in Titus Canyon to take this photo of the bike, and decided to use my phone camera because it was too unimportant to bring out my "good" camera.

Titus Ride.jpeg
Apple    iPhone 12 Pro back triple camera 4.2mm f/1.6    4mm    f/1.6    1/1887s    ISO 32


It turned out to be my favorite shot of the trip. Go figure.
 

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I like #2 and #4 the best. I did not know there were kilns out there, that is interesting thanks for sharing.
 

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Great trip and photos!

Question, is the dirt road from Ubhebe Crater to the Racetrack now graded for 2WD cars or partially paved, I heard it has been upgraded? I've got a 4WD Jeep, so no problem, but my photog friend has a 2WD truck, and I am tired of pulling him out of sandy washes :laugh:
 
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WoodWorks

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It's not paved, and it's very badly graded. I hadn't been out there since 2013, and it sure seemed rougher than I remember. Or maybe I'm just older. But there were lots of big, pointy rocks in the road, just waiting to take out an oil pan on any low-clearance vehicle. I think a 2WD truck could certainly make it, if the driver was careful. But I'd not risk it in a sedan.

I ran into two SUVs with flat tires on the way back from the Racetrack. Both from sharp rocks. Only one wanted my help. But both still had a long way to go to get back to pavement on those little "compact" spare tires.

Racetrack-2.jpg
ILCE-7RM4    FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS    24mm    f/8.0    1/800s    ISO 100


It's definitely worth seeing, though.
 

WoodWorks

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A stunning place, just avoid going in the summer
My first ride down there was in August of 1998. It was 121°F (50°C), and the only other people insane enough to be down in the valley at the same time were some European tourists. I think they were as impressed by the heat as I was.
Well shot
Thanks Dave.
 

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