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Rajan Parrikar

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A New Morning, A New Year
« on: December 31, 2013, 11:09:52 PM »

Dawn in Butte Valley, Death Valley National Park.



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Re: A New Morning, A New Year
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 04:45:18 AM »

Excellent light and colour.

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Re: A New Morning, A New Year
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 06:20:47 AM »

Vibrant colors on the desert, very nice image and a good start!
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Re: A New Morning, A New Year
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014, 10:13:13 AM »

It makes me want to get back to Death Valley soon. I haven't been to Butte Valley yet.

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Re: A New Morning, A New Year
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 11:12:06 AM »

Thanks, all.

Eric, it is a long drive.  From the pavement on Badwater road it is 23 miles of dirt road (Warm Spring Canyon road) to Butte Valley, the last 10 miles of which are very rough.  We started out at 3:20 am since we had been asked to budget at least 2 hours for just this stretch, but my guide flew through in 70 minutes in his 4x4 Sports Wrangler.  Being out on a backcountry road in Death Valley in pitch darkness is an experience not to be forgotten.  It takes around an hour from Furnace Creek to get to the Badwater road junction before the dirt road begins, so normally it is a 3+ hours one-way.  The other route is via Mengel Pass and Goler wash through the Panamints, and that is an obstacle course in the best of times.

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Re: A New Morning, A New Year
« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 08:26:28 PM »

Rajan,

My one visit was ten days in January several years ago. That seems like a great time of year for DV, but having only a rental SUV, we stayed on the paved or better dirt roads. Next time I'll be sure to have a 4-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicle and a SAT-phone.

Until then, I'll just enjoy your photos of DV, as I do of Iceland and India.

Cheers,

Eric
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