Wednesday, April 09, 2008

cow creek

cow creek

A break from the constant barrage of SoFoBoMo posts. I spent a bit of time this evening looking through the final day of shooting that I did in Death Valley. I'd woken up early that morning, with a vague plan to go back to the sand dunes near Stove Pipe Wells for a final sand shoot. I'd met a few people that I was going to shoot with and we all got together at 4:30am. The wind was howling. But they were all feeling hardy and still wanted to head to the dunes. So I wished them luck!
Instead I went with another group down towards the salt flats near Cow creek. I'd scouted that area on the Saturday when I'd arrived and found some really beautiful fan shapes in the salt. I'd walked out without my camera, towards the center of the valley on that first day, just to get away from everything and listen to the wind. The water and wind had blown rivulets into the salt pan and the shapes were achingly delicate. I'd hoped to come back when the light was good and marked some GPS co-ordinates so I could find it easily.
So on the last morning, I got my chance to go back and it was breathtaking all over again. Such graceful sweeping patterns leading off to the far mountains. The sand from the Stove Pipe Wells dune fields was filling the air in the distance, blowing down the valley and obscuring the hills but maybe adding some interesting mystery to the scene, too. The wind was whipping around my ears and it was a joy just to be up and out there to experience it.

4 comments:

A Jesse said...

I love your Death Valley photos. The lines are hypnotic and the subtle colors in #2 and #3 are lovely. We are so close, but we scrapped our planned trip last fall when we lost our minds and started this retirement, buy a new home, and move madness. Oh, well, before long we will be even closer. I know that before we do finally make the trip, I will be referring back to your photos to inspire me.

Anonymous said...

these are indeed fascinating images. i am quite partial to the tones which draw me in to explore your lines.

Steve

Doug Stockdale said...

I have been enjoying your landscape images recently, and this top one is really, really nice.

Mark said...

I am a newcomer here, and am enjoying looking through some of your posts. The images in this one are really intriguing - nice work.