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Devils Golf Course – Death Valley by Owed to Nature

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I knew Death Valley would be hot. I knew it would be rugged. But I didn’t know it would be so fascinating nor so beautiful. Just one of the many unusual formations there is the Devils Golf Course. Here is what the Park Service sign says about it: “Crystallized salts compose the jagged formations of this forbidding landscape. Deposited by ancient salt lakes and shaped by winds and rain, the crystals are forever changing. Listen carefully. On a warm day you may hear a metallic cracking sound as the salt pinnacles expand and contract. The Death Valley saltpan is one of the largest protected saltpans in North America. Salt continues to be deposited by recurring floods that occasionally submerge the lower parts of the valley floor. "

Death Valley National Park, California, USA
Canon 5D Mark II with Canon EF16-35 f/2.8L II USM lens
Focal length 16mm, ISO 100, Exposure 1/125 sec at f/14

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    OH MY GOODNESS…. That is barren…great clear and sharp capture my friend!!!

  • Oh Thank You Lorraine! Death Valley really surprised me with its rugged beauty. The perfect landscape for my first real test of my new camera and wide angle lens. Can say without a doubt, I loved it all! Thank you for your lovely comments! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    Amazing, love the write up xx

  • It’s a wild and wonderful place Lynn. You’ve got to see it to believe it. I’d like to again… but think next time, I’ll go in winter. Even in May, it was HOT! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you very much Ann!

    – Owed to Nature

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Excellent, clear image, Sylvia! Did you make a hole-in-one??

  • I was so unprepared for all the beauty and variety Death Valley has to offer. So sadly, I didn’t have my clubs with me. Luckily I did have my camera though. ;-) You’re too funny Sheila, Thank You!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerover 2 years ago

    Stunning, stark landscape. So well seen and captured Sylvia!

  • Death Valley is a really fascinating place and that we loved discovering. Have you been? If not, hope you get a chance some day. Thanks Kent!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Maria!

    – Owed to Nature

  • dgrizzle
    dgrizzleover 2 years ago

    Nice, you captured it beautifully. Yes January is probably better for Death Valley weather :)

  • I guess to truly appreciate Death Valley, one needs to experience its heat. But for me, once is enough. Next time will be winter for sure. And there will be a next time, some day… It’s a beautiful and fascinating place. Many Thanks Darcy!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 2 years ago

    Very interesting landscape – Feel like this is the moon !

  • Thank you Robyn! This landscape was one of my favorite discoveries in Death Valley. And yes, it does look like the surface of the moon. But it feels more like air from the sun! ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • trish725
    trish725almost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so very much Trish!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 2 years ago

    January 25,2013 Congratulations, great capture!

  • Thank You Ann! So wonderful to have you enjoy and Feature one of my favorite discoveries in a place that utterly fascinated me with the powerfully creative hand of Nature… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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