Salt Flats and Artists Drive
As far as the salt flats go… well, it’s flat! So flat I couldn’t even tell if I had my horizon line straight or not. It was messing with my head. Needless to say, some of these photos were straight and some were straightened 🙂
It was really interesting to me to see the texture of the salt up close. I guess I don’t know what I expected, more a texture like sand, I guess, but when I looked closer, this is what it was like: pretty cool, I think.
It stuck to my shoes like sand, but it was kind of wet. On the trail where a lot of people had walked it was really packed down, but in the other areas, I sunk down a little bit from the sogginess.
Here is a closer example.
After I spent a wonderfully warm hour and a half on the flats, I drove the nine mile Artists Scenic Drive. Named for the colorful palette of colors…. It was an uphill climb and looking back I could see where I had just been.
The drive offered spectacular views of course and is definitely worth the half hour or so it takes to drive it (if you decide not to stop.) I am sure it took me longer. (Below is an infrared shot of the salt flats from artists drive)
Signs of spring in the desert!!
It was a beautiful day as I mentioned and the moon was hanging over the rocks in a dark blue sky. I am not going to be overly wordy on this post since there are a lot of photos and I need to get to the next batch.
Stay tuned very soon for an update on Mesquite Sand Dunes and Zabriskie Point to round out Death Valley.
I need to hurry and get to my Zion photos, I just can’t wait!