Thursday, December 27, 2012

Death Valley National Park - Zabriskie Point

The second location I wanted to check out was only about 5 minutes away from Furnace Creek, making for easy access for sunrise/sunset. From the Zabriskie point lookout you can see a panoramic view of the badlands, the Panamint mountains, and a few interest points such as the Red Cathedral and Manly Beacon. I came back for sunset the first night, and sunrise on the day before we headed to Vegas. Didn't get any real spectacular colors in the sky, but the various formations, colors, and patterns in the rocks were cool to see. If we are ever back, I would like to take one of the hikes to explore the area a bit more. We were going to hike the Golden Canyon trail, but did not have time.

Sunset the first night was mostly uninteresting. The sky was mostly cloudless except for a few to the Northeast.

Zabriskie point sun setting

Zabriskie point sunset

Zabriskie point sunset red cathedral
Red Cathedral

The morning before we left for Vegas I was up again around 5:30am and headed out to Zabriskie Point. I wanted to get there a bit early to make sure I had enough time to get setup before the sky lit up.

  Sunrise first light on Zabriskie point
Badlands finger-like formations sunrise

First light on Panamint mountains at Zabriskie point
First light on the Panamint mountains

First light over zabriskie point on panamint mountains
Manly Beacon and light on the Panamint's

Zabriskie point sunrise

Photographer overlooking zabriskie point
Zabriskie Point viewpoint platform

I stayed around about an hour after sunrise waiting for the light to break through the clouds in the Southwest, but it never did. Next post will be from the Badwater flats, the lowest point in North America.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography