As promised, this is Part 2 of the trip. The first part of the Death Valley trip is covered right here.
As I later found out, apparently, having water in Badwater Basin is a rare occasion. Although there were only a few spots with water in them, I still got off the car and took some pictures:
I just love those textures! By the way, if you are into texture photography, I recommend reading my recent article on how to photograph textures.
It is hard to imagine that all those white crystals are salt.
After Badwater, I decided to check out the Devil’s Golf Course:
Apparently, they named it after a line in a 1934 National Park Service guide book to Death Valley, which stated that “only the devil could play golf” on its surface. Standing on that surface is almost impossible and there are warning signs all over the place that politely ask visitors not to walk around, as it could be dangerous.
After that, I decided to check out the Sand Dunes and have a late lunch. On my way there, I drove through the Artists Drive and stopped by the Artists Palette:
Colors on colors – no wonder they call it “Artists Palette”.
After lunch, as I was getting into the car, I noticed this Coyote on the other side of the road:
He walked around, looking for food:
I was running out of time quickly, so I rushed my butt to Sand Dunes. Although there weren’t that many people at Sand Dunes that day, there were tracks of people all over the place and I had to hike at least for 2 miles to get to a point where the sand was clear. I captured these two images of the Sand Dunes Trees right before the long hike:
The long hike through the sand was painful, but rewarding:
As sunset was approaching, the dunes were changing their colors:
In short, there is no way to see even a third of the park in one full day!