National Park Photo Feature of the Week: Myricopia/Death Valley

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About these photos»

  • Place: Death Valley National Park
  • Date: February 2008
  • Photo Credit: Eilene (Myricopia)
  • Why they are some of my favorites: Death Valley lies mostly in eastern California with a small portion in Nevada. I like the first photo because it gives you an idea of the contrasts in this park. In the background is the valley floor, which sinks to the lowest point in the park, 282 feet below sea level. The snowman is being constructed on top of Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet elevation. Zabriski Point is well known for spectacular sunrise images. Spring can bring amazing seas of wildflowers. The last image is technically outside the park. It is a bit of quirky art at the Rhyolite ghost town.

Meet Eilene from Myricopia»

Though I visited a few National Parks in the east when I lived there, such as Great Smoky Mountains, it wasn’t until I moved to the southwestern U.S. 35 years ago that I really started visiting many of our largest and most iconic parks. I fell in love with the desert landscapes, which hold so many hidden wonders, like Ash Meadows and the Devil’s Hole pupfish near Death Valley. Of all America’s deserts, my favorite is definitely the Mojave. I spent four months there in 2008 working for the Desert Tortoise Project, walking 12 km transects five days a week and camping four nights out under the stars. You won’t ever really know the desert by driving through it. The next park on my list (next month) is one of the most remote in the lower 48: Big Bend. I do want to return to Death Valley someday and see the parts I didn’t have a chance to visit before. The entire park encompasses 3.3 million acres! —Written by Eilene from Myricopia

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10 thoughts on “National Park Photo Feature of the Week: Myricopia/Death Valley

  1. The Goodwill Open Air Museum next to the ghost town of Rhyolite has a number of fun and fascinating sculptures. Given that it also serves as one of the main gateways into Death Valley, I highly recommend a visit. –Curt

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