Friday, February 8, 2013

Father Crowley Point/Random Scenery - Death Valley National Park (Part 3)

At the end of November last year (2012), I took a trip to Death Valley National Park. This is the second trip there in my life. The 1st time I went, I was still a little kid, and I didn't start taking photos yet. This time, I have a pro camera and I am ready to shoot the scenery. Death Valley National Park is known for its "out of this world" scenery, UFO sightings, and many other things. The desert is a very mysterious and beautiful place. In this chain of blog posts, I will be showing you mainly photos of Death Valley National Park, but also photos from surrounding areas like The Mojave Desert, Alabama Hills, and Rhyolite Ghost Town. I have picked out over 400 photos from my trip to show you guys and I will be dividing them into many blog posts. Unlike blog  post chains before, I obviously can't put a link of ever blog post on every single blog post, so instead, I will do the same thing I did for my Yellowstone National Park photos before, by sticking a link of the Next and Previous post on each blog post instead.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best work from Death Valley National Park, use this link. To see all of the photos from my Death Valley National Park trip use this link.

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Message from the Photographer: I have to say, I am not a very good travel guide, however you can still use my blog posts to help plan your travels! I usually go to the very popular views in National Parks, and some not so popular ones. Check out my photos and see which ones you want to visit and plan your trip accordingly! I usually post my photos in the order I take them, so if you want, you can always follow the travel route I took. :) Also, don't just keep driving from one view point to another. Stop on the side of the road, take photos! About half my shots aren't even from labeled view points! I shot half my shots along random turnouts on the road. If you love photography, try doing this.

Today I have photos from the entrance of Death Valley National Park, a plants in the desert, and some shots of Father Crowley Point. I will finish the rest of the Father Crowley Point shots next time. I thought about fitting all of them into this blog post, but it is already getting kind of long. Don't want to crash any of my viewer's browser because of all the images. So here we go!

There will be a lot of these desert shots in my chain of blog posts. You might think the desert is all covered in sand, but you are wrong. There are many terrain types in the desert. 

A patch of desert full of vegetation. Mostly tiny shrubs. 

The straight highways through the desert. Sure was fun driving on them. Like I said before, never have these in the SF Bay Area. All open, no cars, you have the highway to yourself...

I am generally horrible at identifying plants, but this right here is a baby Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia). 

See how much vegetation is in the desert? Surprised me too. I used to think the desert was just sand. 

Another few shots of the road. 

According to my GPS we were already in the park. Not sure why they put the sign so way in... 

Now I arrive at Father Crowley Point. 

Here is a sign showing Padre Crowley. 

Father Crowley Point

Panorama of Father Crowley Point

This is all the shots I have for you today. Next time I will finish the rest of the Father Crowley Point photos and will have some photos from Mesquite Dunes. After the next post, I will start my chain for Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park. I have 70 photos from Scotty's Castle, so those photos will be taking up several blog posts. I hope you have enjoyed these shots for today. Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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