238 thoughts on “Death Valley National Park~

    1. So I have been using The Reader to answer comments. No more. I see that I have missed some which is not okay. Thank you and I <3 people who <3 Death Valley. Cheers to you 🌟

    1. I am so sorry I missed your comment! I have been using WP Reader and didn’t see this. I will use this no more. It is absolutely incredible that wildlife can survive in this most harsh environment and it is hopeful somehow, for all of us. Thank you my friend for your thoughts.

    1. It is actually not the lowest human occupied place on earth. Thanks to you, I changed my wording. But it is the lowest place in north america.
      The Dead Sea has the lowest elevation in the world, except for some parts of Antarctica.
      Check out:
      “Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level.[1] This point is 84.6 miles (136.2 km) east-southeast of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States, with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m).[4] On the afternoon of July 10, 1913, the United States Weather Bureau recorded a high temperature of 134 °F (56.7 °C) at Furnace Creek in Death Valley.[5] This temperature stands as the highest ambient air temperature ever recorded at the surface of the Earth.[6]”
      California is a strange place, we get the highest and the lowest.

  1. Those landscape colors are so unique Cindy, like an artists oasis. And like any masterpiece you can’t help looking and looking at every angle to appreciate those beautiful strokes that went into making it 😀

  2. The lone critter was being very good to just stand there… =^_^= Was it your charm, or your powerful lens…=^_^= waves and sends loving hugs to an amazing special friend…

  3. This is truly a most exceptional place…incredibly beautiful photography! It resembles a rather alien world, or a part of the Earth where you would not imagine the proliferation of life. Lovely post, Cindy, thank you for bringing those wonders of nature to our eyes. All the best and my greetings,

    1. What a thoughtful and considerate comment Francisco. Thank you my friend. Deserts are alien worlds. Humans can’t exist here without transported water and shelter, but other mammals can, which is remarkable.

    1. We have so many coyotes at The Holler, packs of them. Generally they are shy and avoid humans, when they are sick or starving they will approach closely. This guy was hard for me to figure out. He didn’t appear sick or starving. I don’t know why he approached and shadowed us. It is not like someone fed him as Death Valley is too huge and unpopulated for that.

  4. I’ve probably spent more time in Death Valley than any other park, and the surrounding area is also wonderful, especially Rhyolite, Nevada. Seeing your blog this morning was like seeing pictures of old friends. Thank you.

    1. Ahhhhh so happy to know another desert rat Jim. I have been visiting the deserts of the southwest steadily in all seasons since I was a kid, and I took my kids steadily since they were very young in all seasons. The love of deserts when instilled early, is enduring. I did take photos of Rhyolite, although I remember it without fencing, just like I remember Stonehenge before the fences.

      1. In the 60s, we lived in Dana Point. Every year on the day after Christmas pals and I would escape to Death Valley and camp all through the remainder of our holiday. I remember talking to Tommy at the Bottle House in Rhyolite and listening to his stories. Great stuff.

  5. Timothy Price

    I love Death Valley. All the geology exposed, with rugged landscapes bearing all for our eyes and lenses to feast upon. Fantastic photos. That is one sad, dejected coyote. You didn’t have a facsimile of a roadrunner to offer the poor thing?

  6. Is that a coyote? Whatever, he’s awfully cute … and looks eager to befriend you! This terrain isn’t much to my liking — I prefer something a tad less harsh — but it has a beauty all its own. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing it.

  7. My first thought was, “What does that coyote live on?” My second thought: Pioneers? And now, tourists? What a desolate place!!!! No wonder it was called Death Valley.
    I looked up Death Valley to see if boron was mined there (and it was) because after all the advertising, I associate Death Valley with 20-Mule-Team Borax. While I was on the Wikipedia site I saw that the hottest temperature recorded in Death Valley was 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913. I’ll think about that as I freeze this Christmas. Great post, Cindy, but I don’t think I’ll plan my next holiday to take in Death Valley. It’s enough to know it’s there. Fabulous photos!

    1. Yes, many pioneers crossed this desert which is just appalling to really think about. Many died, hence the accurate name. The fact that big horn sheep, burros, coyotes, and other mammals survive here just defies logic, but they do. DV is an amazing ecosystem.

          1. Do you have some familiarity with Rochester? The weather is always a hot topic here. We’ve been in winter-like weather since before Thanksgiving, periods of snow and consistently colder that normal.

    1. I didn’t have my telephoto wildlife cam, so of course the coyote comes up super close. The RX 10, the camera I was using (my landscape camera) was having a focus malfunction. If I had my other camera, I could have shown you his eyelashes. Amazing I got some decent shots but I had to focus out. He came right up to us. I have only seen this at The Holler with starving or sick coyotes and this one seemed to be neither. As far as feeding, in this huge hostile park, it is hard to imagine, but people are known for doing ill considered things. A human acclimated wild animal is soon to be a dead wild animal. Sad. We were in the middle of nowhere. Maybe he was just curious. Wild animals are curious when people aren’t in big groups and are quiet and act unhumanlike…laughing!

  8. Spectacular photos of a stark but beautiful place! The closeups of the wild coyote are wonderful, but I agree with being cautious whenever they come that close!

  9. Many years ago when I lived in Northern Manitoba, a friend and her family visited Death Valley. It was very very hot in the car (we were used to the cold as you can well imagine) and had the windows open to let in air. They saw a car drive by with all their windows rolled up. So they thought – maybe having the windows up would be cooler. They soon found out that idea didn’t work and then determined that the other car had air conditioning. In our “world,” we had block heaters for winter or else our cars wouldn’t start. Air conditioners were never a consideration!!! We all laughed when she told us the story.

    1. What a great memory. I remember crossing the deserts as a kid with my parents. They hung these strange bags full of evaporating water over the radiator to stop the cars from overheating. Air conditioning wasn’t an option. The humans just overheated, but the car was fine.

    1. He came really close. I was cursing myself because I didn’t have my wildlife telephoto camera with me. If I did, I could have gotten amazingly detailed facial close up shots. Plus my camera was malfunctioning and wouldn’t focus on close up. Still I was able to get a couple decent shots because he came right up to us.

  10. WOW! It really looks other worldly. I have not been but your shots of it make it so tempting. The shots of the coyote are incredible. They look so sad and skinny. There is nothing left for them but hunger and thirst. Breaks my heart.

    1. They are remarkable creatures and they have very hard lives but are incredibly adaptable. New research show they are far closer genetically to wolves than previously thought.

  11. Reminds me of a bit of Arizona – vast areas of dryness… and the mountains seemingly springing out of the landscape to thwart straight lines. The story of the planet for those who can read the rocks.

    Happy Holly Daze to you and yours. I’m heading to a warmer climate for a couple of days – I hope to keep writing the story, but might just switch to simple daily haiku while I’m out of town.

    Glad you are enjoying the Banking series. 😀

      1. …if the sun would come out…
        Rain when we landed, wind and the end of a tropical storm today. The upside – on a small beach I found several bits of coral!

    1. Complicated, I have no idea, but google always does.
      Query, “Where do blue rocks come from?
      “The 12 Most Common Blue, Violet, and Purple Minerals, pegmatites composed primarily of large crystals, such as granite. Certain metamorphic rocks, such as marble. Oxidized zones of ore bodies, like copper. Low-silica (feldspathoid bearing) igneous rocks.”
      I am betting on the oxidized copper.

  12. I know and remember this national park well. Back in 1966 just a few weeks after getting married my husband (now my ex-husband) and I were driving an old Ford Galaxy car, moving to L A with all of our possessions and as he was scheduled and registered to begin seminary training at a college there. We were just 19 and newly weds and didn’t know that territory well. We had car trouble, were running out of drinking water and pulled up to an abandoned old building we thought might have some inhabitants there that could help us. But, there was no one there who could. Wayne tried in vain to get our overheated car to start up again but it failed. Not long after that a man (of color) drove up in a car and parked right beside us, got out and asked if we needed help. We said, “Yes.” and he got out, opened his trunk, took out some tools and went to work on our broken down car and in a few minutes had our car purring again. We thanked him, for his help and said goodbye and within in a few short minutes he had turned around and quickly was gone. We never saw him again and we did indeed make it out to L A with no more trouble and were out there for four years from 1966-1970 until his graduation from seminary (studying for the ministry). We believed and still do to this day that black man was an angel sent by God. This is the gospel truth, Cindy. I know angels are out there everywhere and always near to help us out in our time of distress and need.
    Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas Cindy, take care on your travels.

    1. So, in this recent trip to Death Valley, we encountered a young couple with a flat tire and no spare.

      Your comment gives me goosebumps.

      I have met some angels, two actually, this one was the first: I rolled my car in Montana with my kids when they were young. We had to crawl our way out of the upside down car and I was injured.
      All of a sudden this long haul trucker appeared. He was super intent and asked, “Is there anyone else in the car?”
      He clearly meant to go save them.
      We said no, but he looked anyway. Then he came back, told us he had called 911, and proceeded to pick glass out of my head and comfort the children.
      To this day, I wish I could tell him what it feels like to meet an angel,

      As soon as the sirens approached, he went to his truck and left. To this day I so wish I could thank him.

  13. I enjoy your blog posts very much. And then I also enjoy the community of comments afterwards. You must bring a special presence with you into the natural world that a coyote would approach to check you out! I love the expression of his eyes and ears in the first photo. What an extraordinary ecosystem!!!

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  15. Beautiful! The name suits the place. I would not like to get lost in this valley. It reminds of the verse in Psalms 23. “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me. Thy rod and staff comfort me.”

    1. Since I was a very little child the 23rd Psalm was my nightly prayer, it’s comfort is overwhelming, “Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.”
      I love how the psalm described it, “Yeah though I walk through through the valley of the ‘shadow’ of death,’ I will fear no evil” meaning death is there, but is a shadow, for the walker, not affecting the walker yet, but the walker knows it will, eventually, and so, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
      It is just such utter spiritual beauty.
      Thank you Beverly.

    1. Yes, Joshua Tree is wonderful and so unique. Those who love the contours, colors and peacefulness of the desert are drawn to return. It sounds like you are such. I fully relate.

  16. Death Valley is one of my favorite parks. A few years ago I did a road trip through Death Valley, Sequoia, Yosemite, San Francisco, the PCH, LA, Joshua Tree, Mojave, and Gold Butte. Sunrise at Zabriskie Point at Death Valley was possibly the most memorable moment on the entire trip. Along with a sunrise at Joshua Tree.

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