Saratoga Springs

Death Valley, Saratoga SpringsSaratoga Springs – Death Valley National Park, California, USA

copyright 2011 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

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 cableManfrotto 3221 tripodManfrotto 3047 studio head, 2003 Nissan Xterra 4×4.

6 thoughts on “Saratoga Springs

  1. Thanks Jerry.

    This image began life on March 12, 2005 as a camera RAW file captured on a Nikon D1X. Was burned to a CD. CD was put in a box. Box went to a storage facility. Found March 31, 2011 while looking for something else, and reincarnated here on Blog-Bisogno on April 1, 2011. Moral of story: Sometimes a gem can slip through the cracks!

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  2. Demokritus, a famous philosopher once said:
    “The world is a theatre stage and life is a passing through it”…

    Looking at this picture, my first thought is to get on that stage, for the whole play…
    standing by the small pond, admiring breathlessly the unique beauty of Nature and
    trying to steal something from the photographer’s aura!

    ps endless depth of picture which seduces the mind…

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