Year End Trip to Death Valley

Year End Trip to Death Valley

Death Valley is one of my favorite National Parks to visit for a number of reasons. Its beauty and remoteness is one reason, but the diversity of things to photograph is what keeps me coming back. Realizing that it had been over a year since my last visit, I planned a 4 day weekend road trip down to the desert. I left early on a Friday morning, and began the long 8 hour drive. The drive was uneventful and smooth sailing until I was about one hour away from my destination. It was at this point that I realized that I had forgotten my tripod. After all of the planning and packing that went into a 4 day photography trip, I had forgotten the one tool that would allow me to take photos at sunrise, sunset, and after dark. If you have ever experienced that sinking feeling, that is how I felt. I immediately pulled over on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, and attempted to make a call home. No signal… I continued to drive, eyeing my phone until two bars appeared, in a seemingly even more remote location, and I eased my way onto the gravel shoulder of the lonely road. After making a few phone calls, I was able to connect with someone who was able to help me. Fortunately, after about an hour of brainstorming, it was decided that Fedexing my tripod overnight to Las Vegas would be the best possible solution. I continued on my way to Death Valley knowing that I had some extra mileage to put on the...