Trip to Carrizo Plain and Death Valley

Dan and I took a little trip this week to both the Carrizo Plain and Death Valley. I really needed this get-away, and he just finished teaching a post-retirement quarter at DeAnza so I suspect he needed it as well!

The flowers in the Carrizo area are just unreal. Truly. Even while there, it’s difficult to really comprehend. My first shot, though, was merely with the iPhone. This is before we reached the actual plain, if I understand where we were. (Dan knows for sure since he knows the area better and is the driver for most of our trip.) I loved seeing the baby blue eyes there. Just stunning!

First Shot: Wildflowers, 4.1.19 (iPhone)First_Shot-_Wildflowers,_4.1.19_(iPhone).jpg

Nemophila menziesii, 4.1.19Nemophila_menziesii,_4.1.19.jpg

Castilleja excerta (I), 4.1.19
(Owl’s Clover)Castilleja_excerta_(I),_4.1.19.jpg

Layia platyglossa (I), 4.1.19
(Tidy Tips)Layia_platyglossa_(I),_4.1.19.jpg

I wasn’t the only one getting down low …
Dan in the Flower Field, 4.1.19

It’s not easy to describe the colors. It’s not easy to believe them, either. But the Phacelia were amazing and the variety of yellows unbelievable. Here are just a couple more shots. I have many more to look through, some close-ups and some not. I hope to share more soon, but I also have to start focussing again on music-making.

Wildflower Colors at Carrizo, 4.1.19Wildflower_Colors_at_Carrizo_Plain,_4.1.19.jpg

Purple, Yellow, Green, 4.1.19Purple,_Yellow,_Green,_4.1.19.jpg

Death Valley images will mostly wait for another day, but I suppose it would be wrong not to post just one. This particular morning we spotted some photographers out on the dunes. I love to shoot photographers. Peacefully, mind you. (I even wondered if perhaps this was a workshop run by a friend of ours, but I’ve not asked him yet.)

Photographers at Sunrise on the Dunes, 4.3.19Photographers_at_Sunrise_on_the_Dunes,_4.3.19.jpg