Leaving the salt flats I drove up to Natural Bridge for a hike and to stretch my legs.
Soon I came upon these guardians of the bridge or gateway into more exciting things. It almost had a spiritual feeling as I knelt down to take this photo of the sun shining at the entrance. The morning and evening light does magical things to the colorful rocks in Death Valley. This was still morning and the sun was just entering the canyon.
As I walked thru it felt as though I had stepped into an ancient time. The many types of rocks on the canyon walls stood out and I could see the layers that had first been deposited on the ocean floor and then later eroded to the beauty it is today. It isn’t the largest natural bridge in the US but it is still impressive.
Here is a view looking back that gives a better prospecting on the size of the bridge.
I also found a grasshopper called Pallid-winged Grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis), one of the most common grasshoppers found in the U.S. deserts.