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First Death Valley Impressions

Three photos today. This is my first photo from Death Valley itself. After climbing to Towne Pass at 1,511 metres in the Panamint Range, we descended all the way down to sea level at the small community of Stovepipe Wells, where we got warned for the extreme heat (WS-photo by my dad). Not far from Stovepipe Wells are the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, which are shown here and probably are most similar to the way many people will picture a true desert. The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are located at the northern end of Death Valley.

I’ve posted two workshop photos, both taken a little further down the road from the sand dunes, near the Harmony Borax Works, not far from Furnace Creek, which was in operation in the 1880s, when business associates William Tell Coleman and Francis Marion Smith wanted to start large-scale Borax mining here. The business collapsed in 1888, though. It was too hot to walk all the way to the remains of the mine, so all I can offer is this distant capture. The other photo shows the landscape near the borax mine.

The irony is that I’m posting these photos of the hottest day I’ve ever experienced (+50°C) on what is probably the coldest day this year in The Netherlands (it’s currently 8 am and -12 °C).

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/2000 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2017-08-11 11:44
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1337 kb

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