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Descending over Towne Pass

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 10 March 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

This point is actually a few miles east of Towne Pass, but we get a good glimpse of the magnitude of the "drop" as we begin our descent into the main Valley. Death Valley National Park actually encompasses mountains, high desert and low desert as well as the basin, Badwater, where the lowest point is located. Once we reach the valley floor seen far off in the distance here, we will proceed taking a right-hand turn and head south towards Stovepipe Wells where some of the most photographed Sand Dunes in North America are found!

To give you more of an idea of the vastness of this Park, from the point I showed you in the first image a few days ago (on US Highway 190) down to Stovepipe Wells, the drive is approximately 1-1/2 hours. In turn, all of this is just a small part of the entire Park.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/280 second F/8.0 ISO 100 11 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/280 second
F/8.0
ISO 100
11 mm

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