Thursday, March 30, 2006

Death Valley II

Because you asked for more photos.

Bird at Furnace Creek Ranch

Badwater was not underwater this year. The shiny surface behind the sign is not water, but salt reflecting the sun. After seeing this phenomena, I am no longer surprised by the strong, predictable breezes that Mark observes out on the test ranges every sunny afternoon.

Another reason to get up for the sunrise at Zabriskie point.

The salt crystals at Devil's Golfcourse sure are hairy.

We did see flowers.

We found the rare lavender spotted something or other. It was next to a tiny plant with impossibly small floweres, each shaped like a slipper orchid. Of course, it did not photograph well.

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