Death Valley Dirt Road
I love driving dirt roads in my 4×4, the rougher the better and Death Valley National Park has plenty of them. Over a million tourists visit every year, and they’re all taking tons of photos. The best way to find unique scenes is by hitting the dirt roads. I took the above image in 2005, the wettest and best wildflower season in 100 years. I stayed on the dirt roads and ran into only 5-6 other people in five days. From Death Valley I went directly to Carrizo Plain National Monument where the wildflowers were just beginning to peak.
Nikon D1X DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/11, 1/80 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, capture date and time: 3/13/2005, 3:59 pm