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Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

Again the Pup Fish ~ Link To Ash Meadows NWR Post

Running Water In the Desert, Death Valley ~ Who Knew

Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety In Death Valley NP, Lots of Variety In the Gallery

Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads

Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Morning Light ~ Zabriskie Point ~ Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Zabriskie Point ~ Morning Light

This One Begs To For a Return Engagement

The Above Images Captured Before the Sun Crested the Eastern Peaks of the Funeral Mountains Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety In Death Valley NP, Lots of Variety In the Gallery

Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads

Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Ubehebe Crater ~ Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Ubehebe Crater

Little Ubehebe ~ Beware the Knife Edge Approach and the Unexpected Vertigo ~ Way Weird

Ubehebe Crater From the Rim Just After the Height of LandThe Trails Down and Back Up ~ Ubehebe Crater

We Took the Trail Around the Rim Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety In Death Valley NP, Lots of Variety In the Gallery

Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads

Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Artist’s Palette Drive ~ Death Valley NationalPark

Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Artist’s Palette Drive

This Was a Challenge Between the Wind and Sand & Grit

That and An Overwhelming Number of Photo Opportunities

Will Need To Return and Often

From Artist’s Palette Road Shooting Back Towards Badwater Just Before the Wind and Wind Blown Sand & Grit Ruled the Day

Bajada Boulder In the Foreground

Smart Car In the Mid-Ground

Badwater Flats In the Background

Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety In Death Valley NP, Lots of Variety In the Gallery

Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads

Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Harmony Borax Works ~ Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Harmony Borax Works

Excellent Imagining, Researching, Staging & Presentation of the Original Harmony Borax OperationTake the Time, Make the Time To Go Hear A NPS Ranger Interpretive Presentation On the Harmony Borax WorksView From Above the Twenty Mule Team Wagons Looking East To the Funeral Mountains

Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety In Death Valley NP, Lots of Variety In the Gallery

Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads

Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Mustard Canyon ~ Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

December 2017

Mustard Canyon

Wind and Sand Storm Over Badwater Blowing From Mesquite Flats

View To the West Towards the Panamints As One Enters Mustard Canyon

View To the East, Funeral Mountains Upon Leaving Mustard Canyon.

The Mustard Color In the Foreground Almost Overwhelmingly Comprises All of Mustard Canyon and Gives Said Canyon Its Eponymous Name

Link To Death Valley National Park Expanded Image Galley

Lots of Variety Here ~ Patience While the Gallery Slide Show Loads ~ Enjoy

Thanks For Visiting ~ Commentary Always Appreciated

22 Dec 2017

Ash Meadows NWR

Ash Meadows NWR

It Is All About the Pupfish, Do You Remember the Brouhaha, and Rightly So, Over the Pupfish

Geologic Faults Forcing Fossil Water Up Into the Amargosa Valley Desert As Seeps and Springs Resulting In An Oasis In the Mojave Desert. Ancient Pupfish Living In Those Seeps and Springs

The Devil’s Hole Pupfish, the Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish, the Warm Springs Pupfish, and the Ash Meadows Speckled Dace Are All Endangered and All Inhabit Springs, Holes and Streams In Death Valley NP and Ash Meadows NWR.

Back In the Day, the Sixties, These Fish and Conservation Activists Championing Them, Brought Farming, Development and Ground Water Pumping In the Midst of the Mojave Desert In the Amargosa Valley To a Court Ordered Halt, Resulting In the Establishment of the Ash Meadows NWR.

It Is All About the Water, Fossil Water, and the Geology.

“Water is the key natural resource that makes Ash Meadows a unique ecosystem in the dry Mojave Desert. Where does it come from? Over 100 miles to the northeast water enters a vast underground aquifer system. This water, also known as fossil water, takes thousands of years to move through the ground. A geologic faultacts as an underground dam partially blocking the flow of water and forcing it to the surface into over 50 seeps and springs. Over 10,000 gallons per minute flow year round, most of which come from seven major springs.”

“Ash Meadows has the greatest concentration of endemic life in the United States and second greatest in all of North America.

At least 26  endemic species have adapted to live in and around the waters of Ash Meadows”

August 2016 US Fish and Wildlife Service Publication Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

16 Dec 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR 12-2017 ~ Day 3 AM

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

San Antonio, New Mexico

12-4 2017

Morning Shoot Day Three

Northern Shoveler

A Nod and Kudos to Jeff Parker and Mary O of Explore In Focus for once again going above and beyond.

Contact these folks for quality photography tours.

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Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2017

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del ApacheBosque del Apache NWR 2016

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bitter Lake NWR ~ Lesser Sandhill Cranes

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Aransas NWR ~ Whooping Cranes

12 Dec 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR 12-2017 ~ Day 2 PM

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

San Antonio, New Mexico

12-3 2017

Afternoon/Evening Shoot Day Two

A Nod and Kudos to Jeff Parker and Mary O of Explore In Focus for once again going above and beyond.

Contact these folks for quality photography tours.

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Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2017

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del ApacheBosque del Apache NWR 2016

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bitter Lake NWR ~ Lesser Sandhill Cranes

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Aransas NWR ~ Whooping Cranes

12 Dec 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR 12-2017 ~ Day 2 AM

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

San Antonio, New Mexico

12-3 2017

Morning Shoot Day Two

Morning Activity ~ Crane Pools

Morning Light On Sandhill Cranes Leaving the Roost To Feed Last of the Sandhill Cranes Leaving the Roost Gambel’s Quail Looking For Sky Grain 😉

A Nod and Kudos to Jeff Parker and Mary O of Explore In Focus for once again going above and beyond.

Contact these folks for quality photography tours.

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Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2017

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del ApacheBosque del Apache NWR 2016

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bitter Lake NWR ~ Lesser Sandhill Cranes

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Aransas NWR ~ Whooping Cranes

11 Dec 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR 12-2017 ~ Day 1

Bosque del Apache NWR

12-2 2017

A Special Place, A Special PresenceNew Equipment Learning Curve

In the End Resulting In Some Nice Flight Sequences & Flight Captures Long Tall Drink of Water Morning Light Before Morning Light Gambel’s Quail ~ Male & Female

A Nod and Kudos to Jeff Parker and Mary O of Explore In Focus for once again going above and beyond.

Contact these folks for quality photography tours.

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Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2017

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del ApacheBosque del Apache NWR 2016

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bitter Lake NWR ~ Lesser Sandhill Cranes

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Aransas NWR ~ Whooping Cranes

11 Dec 2017

Bosque del Apache NWR 12-2017 ~ Day 1 / Blind

Bosque del Apache NWR

12-3 2017

A Special Place, A Special Presence

 Images from a two-person blind at the Bosque Bird Watchers RV Park just outside of the Refuge.

European Starlings ~ Non-Native Invasive Species

Blame It On Shakespeare Scrub Jay Ground Squirrel Gambel’s Quail ~ Female Gambel’s Quail ~ Male Whoops ~ Red-Winged Blackbird, Female ~ Who Knew (Jeff Parker)

A Nod and Kudos to Jeff Parker and Mary O of Explore In Focus for once again going above and beyond.

Contact these folks for quality photography tours.

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Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2017

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR 2016

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bosque del Apache NWR

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Bitter Lake NWR ~ Lesser Sandhill Cranes

Expanded Image Gallery ~ Aransas NWR ~ Whooping Cranes

11 Dec 2017