Monday, December 3, 2012

Magic at Zabriskie Point

We spent hours at Zabriskie Point and loved every minute of it. Above: the iconic view of Manly Beacon at sunset. Below: the same view at sunrise the next morning. The stormy weather kept things subdued, but it also meant we were the only people on the site at dawn. That was truly special--it's not the kind of place you can usually have all to yourself. (The spot where Bill has his tripod set up is usually teeming with photographers.)
Below: a couple more pictures from our sunset excursion. The yellow hills are known as mudstone, and they were part of an ancient lake bed several million years ago. The lake bottom sediments were uplifted to make what is seen today. The dark layer of rock that caps some of the ridges is basalt lava from volcanic eruptions.