Our Spring Break

Some may have noticed that I have not posted anything in the last week. We have been on spring break in Death Valley and the Owens Valley. Jan was born in Lone Pine— actually in Bishop, where the only hospital was at the time—and she needs to get back to the high desert every few years to recharge.

While I normally use this blog to post recipes, Eilene has become quite the nature photographer. She took over 500 pictures while on this trip. Here are just a few of the best.

Eilene selfie, Death Valley

Eilene selfie
Death Valley

On the first day we visited Badwater, the lowest point in the US, Artist Palette, and the sand dunes.

Badwater, Death Valley

Badwater
Death Valley

Artist Palette, Death Valley

Artist Palette
Death Valley

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Death Valley

On the second day Jan and Eilene went to Salt CreekUbehebe Crater and Wildrose. There were lots of animals and flowers to photograph.

Pupfish, Death Valley

Pupfish
Death Valley

Coyote, Panamint Valley

Coyote
Panamint Valley

Burros at Wild Rose, Death Valley

Burros at Wild Rose
Death Valley

Killdear, Death Valley

Killdear
Death Valley

Golden Evening-primrose, Death Valley

Golden Evening-primrose
Death Valley

Creosote Bush, Death Valley

Creosote Bush
Death Valley

Desert Paintbrush, Death Valley

Desert Paintbrush
Death Valley

Indigo Bush, Death Valley

Indigo Bush
Death Valley

Desert Globemallow, Death Valley

Desert Globemallow
Death Valley

Pickleweed, Salt Creek, Death Valley

Pickleweed
Salt Creek, Death Valley

On our last day we wandered around the Alabama Hills in the Owens Valley. Without a doubt you have seen these hills and probably never knew it.  The Alabama Hills have been in more movies than any other location in the world. Film crews have been using them as a backdrop since 1920. As well as hundreds of westerns they have also be used for scenes in two Star Trek movies and Gladiator. They have most recently done a stand in for Afghanistan in Iron Man.

Alabama Hills 1, Owens Valley

Alabama Hills
Owens Valley

 

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