Death Valley – Part 1

I won’t go too much into what Death Valley is, since you can read all about it right here. This was my first time in Death Valley and I absolutely loved it! It was only a single day trip, but definitely a full and busy one :)

I got there late at night and stayed at the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction, which is also a hotel. Man, the place was spooky!

Amargosa Opera House #1

Amargosa Opera House #3

The hallway was scary and I was hoping not to see a ghost of some kind in there…

Amargosa Opera House #2

My room was #10, right next to the empty frame. Don’t know what the story is behind the people in the pictures, but it looked like they were generations of people who owned the place. I’m assuming that they reserved the empty frame for the next in line…

Amargosa Opera House #4

After sleeping only for a couple of hours, I got out of the place at around 4:30 AM and I’m glad I did! I don’t know if I would stay there again, although the room and the sheets were clean.

In about 30-45 minutes, I arrived to Zabriskie Point, where I was planning to photograph the sunrise. I’m glad that I started there, because I got some really nice panoramic shots of Zabriskie Point:

Zabriskie Point at Sunrise

Zabriskie Point at Sunrise

Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point

And some regular shots:

Zabriskie Point #1

Zabriskie Point #2

After which, we headed out to Badwater.

Badwater Basin

I was hoping for some white salt, but instead got this:

Badwater Ground

Afterwards, I found out that the surface changes throughout the year and it was like this because of the hot summer. Anyway, I still looked around and found a nice spot with some water:

Badwater with water

The rest of the story will be in Part 2 tomorrow, so stay tuned!

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  1. 1
    ) Asrorbek Toshev

    Very interesting hotel. Photos are superb!

    • Asrorbek, thank you! I will post some more pics later today :)

  2. 3
    ) jayron

    haunted placeslani yoqtirsez, Winnipeg(Manitoba)da Fort Garry Hotel bor mashxur. O’shatta postoyanno ghostlani ko’rishadi. Hatto hukumat odamlariniyam kechasi qo’rqitib qoyishgan. Yangiliklarda kursatib turishadi:))

  3. 5
    ) Dmitriy Pantyukhin

    Careful, Careful with that Axe, Eugene :) shhhhh

  4. 6
    ) Dmitriy Pantyukhin

    • That scene is awesome! Boom boom boom with beautiful music :)

      Can you imagine if they shot those scenes with the current super high speed cameras?

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