Thursday, February 14, 2013

Titus Canyon, Death Valley

When my friends arrived after plane delays and lost luggage we met for breakfast and then drove through Titus Canyon in Death Valley.  They had a small SUV which was perfect for the drive.  My camper certainly would not have made it.  I was so awed by the experience; I didn’t really take a lot of photos but below are a few I would like to share.

In some ways the mountains in this area were a lot like Artist View with its beautiful pastels only this was on a larger scale.

Halfway into the trip we stopped at Leadfield to stretch our legs and explore a little.  This was more like the ghost towns we expected with old broken wooden buildings.  But unlike Rhyolite this one was pretty much a bust from the beginning.

As we descended into the canyon we began to see many folds, this one was the most impressive.
Later that night we drove up to Zabriskie Point to watch the sunset. The first photo is looking east and the second is looking west.  There was a sign with brief description of how this was formed, "These once-level layers are being tilted by seismic activity and presssure that is folding the ancient valley's floor. As the layers uplifed and were exposed, periodic rainstorms cause powerful gullywashes that erode the soft rocks into the chaotic yet strangely beautiful landscape we see today."

I wished I had the nerve to walk down to where those people were to immerse myself in the experience. Nevertheless behind the railing was pretty good.

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1 comment:

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow..I have never been to this part of the country but this is anything but 'dead'.. it is beautiful. Thank you so much for linking into this week's Nature Notes... Hope to see you again.. Michelle from Nature Notes