Saratoga Springs – Death Valley National Park, California, USA
I spent most of the day driving up to Death Valley from Los Angeles. I was quite excited about the trip because the year 2005 was the wettest year at Death Valley in recorded history. The plan was to go to Saratoga Springs in the Southern part of the park first, get a photo during the golden hour, and camp there for the night. When I pulled off onto the dirt double track leading to the springs, I couldn’t believe all the mud…in Death Valley! Still in site of the highway, I found myself trying to decide whether to turn back or not. My decision was to put my Xterra in low 4 wheel drive and give her hell. Good choice. I made it just in time to get the above photo.
Nikon D1X DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/11, 1/20 sec., ISO 125, exposure mode: Aperture Priority (center weighted), Nikkor MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, 2003 Nissan Xterra 4×4.