Unlike the biblical tale of David and Goliath, there’s no monster to slay, no hero to save the day and no actual dangerous weapons. Instead, all we really had today on my first day in Death Valley, CA was a lot of clouds – the threat of rain, some wind and not much else, unlike our european road trip which had beautiful architecture, a lot of culture and a spectacular view of the city from every nook and corner.
After driving 2-1/2 hours from the Las Vegas airport while blasting Alien Love Child (Eric Johnson) in my rental car, I arrive at my hotel; The Furnace Creek Ranch. Nice to be back, it’s been about 7 years.
Next morning I leave for my first stop; Zabriskie Point, which is a surreal mix of color and shapes. Beautiful in any weather it’s known for how it appears to change by the hour. Today, at about 11:00 am, this is what it looked like to me:
Just getting started, I liked the clouds, which makes for richer colors and more interesting skies. Don’t you agree?
Next Stop was Artist’s Palette, which is a short drive from Zabriskie. This is what I saw:
It’s been several hours and I heard there’s a small restaurant down the road. I arrive at the junction and find a group of old buildings, I like what I see. I set up to take a photo of an abandoned garage, then walk into the complex of abandoned buildings when an angry man in a pickup comes rushing over; “Didn’t you see the sign? NO TRESPASSING!” Except there was no sign, no point in explaining, I can’t win so I ask if I could take a few photos, which made him more angry. Imagine the damage I could have done! <smile> So off I go with my one panoramic image of the best looking garage in the area!
It’s getting late, I have to get back, the workshop starts in an hour. More later.