The Star Dune
It's so difficult to convey the size and beauty of the star dune. Especially when the wind is blowing the sand right over the surface making it shimmer.
Mighty helios, he cuts through the curtain of clouds lighting up the fog filled valley. That moment the rays break through is so beautiful to behold.
Defying the constant pull of gravity it hangs on. Harsh conditions make beautiful subjects.
Trees and Fog # 2 - Eerie
Are there ghosts lurking in the mist?
Trees and Fog #3 - Smoke
Shifting fog and sunshine gave this a smoky look
Trees and Fog #1 - Veiled
They slowly march behind the veil like ents going to war
The fog rolls off the tea gardens of Kolukkumalai
Fog in the Nilgiris
The early morning sun heats up the fog as it rises from the valley. It'll all be clear in an hour or so.
A Wall of Fog
It's amazing being on top of the Nilgiri mountains watching the fog roll in as the sun sets. And then you see the reverse process when the sun rises.
Earth to Sky
The little tree seems to be reaching up to the clouds trying to make a connection, or is it speaking to the clouds trying to bring down rain?
It really looked like this beautiful Nilgiri Tahr wanted his portrait taken. Actually I was way too close for comfort.
The Jaggery Maker
Every day he toils in a hot room scraping jaggery (unrefined sugar) and shaping them into balls for sale at the market.
The late afternoon light hits the top of the building so perfectly lighting it up.
Took this from the Santa Monica Pier. The receding waves were making beautiful patterns and reflecting the golden light.
Santa Monica Pier
I love how piers have become tourist attractions with ferris wheels and roller-coasters. Something about being on solid ground over the churning waves is exhilarating.
I grew up around here and at that time there was pier here that was perfectly intact. It was built by the British in 1871, and now this is all that remains.
A lone man walks down the ridge of the colossal star dune.
Sunrise on Kolukkumalai
The sun slowly breaks through the thick haze of the fog, lighting up the mountain side with golden light.
The Rolling Fog
Emerald green tea gardens caressed by the slowly rolling fog. One really has to be up at sunrise to get this magnificent view
Interesting to see how many people try to cut across the dunes by climbing down and up. We tried it once and realized how difficult it is and kept to the ridges like the guy up there.
On the long and bone jarring ride to the racetrack, a nice break at Tea Kettle Junction
All the diversity of Death Valley seems to be concentrated in this one spot with all those beautiful colors.
Dust over Badwater
From telescope peak to badwater basin, the landscape of Death Valley is so divers. Add to it dust storms, freezing nights and blistering hot days - it is one unique place.
We spent only about 15 minutes at the very aptly named Golden Canyon. The light was already getting harsh, but it worked perfectly for outlining this slot canyon.
It's amazing to watch the wind erase your footsteps right in front of you. This is one place your treading around can do the least harm.
Ripples in the Sand
It's interesting how the patterns in the sand is accentuated by the side lighting making it seem like a pool of sand nested between the dunes
Sitting on top of the world
He must have gotten there way before dawn to claim that perch. The star dune is the highest one in Mesquite Flat dunes and it's definitely a pain to climb with the loose sand.
This beautiful volcanic crater in Death Valley is right off the road to the racetrack. I didn't have much time to explore, but next time I'm going all the way to the bottom.