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April 30, 2012

Rainstorm in Death Valley



















I didn't plan on being away from blogging for a whole month, time just got away from me. I did finally make it out to Death Valley, just in time for the rare phenomenon of a pretty big storm sweeping through the desert.


24 comments:

  1. You were there at the right time! That is one amazing sky...
    Great photos!

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  2. Amazing. Infinite shades of grey...

    It all seems so big and infinite, with a drama that makes our lives seem so puny in a way. We are just those tiny things moving along that thin and insignificant ribbon of highway that we felt so proud of having constructed once upon a time.

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  3. I am so envious of your good fortune . . . would love to have been there with you. These photos were worth wait. The sky in the first photo is beyond belief. As always the composition, the way in which you have captured the elements of the image, reveal a master of the art form at work.

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  4. WOW! Really though - do you think you should claim Ansel Adams work as your own?! ;)

    Seriously, these shots took my breath away!!!!

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  5. A maelström. i am reduced to silence by the desert and your camera (camera referring to the photographer, a metonymy, i think).

    p.s. i was starting to worry about you! i realize that a whole month is negligible to the Mojave Desert (so is a year, a decade, or a mere century), but those of us endowed with pesky grey matter, and who continually fuss about memory and disjointed thoughts and the immediacy of the sensate (like running a heap of sand through your fingers)--it is a different matter.

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  6. I was parched with longing for your images, my eyes sere with the arid void of the silent wild west. But now my senses are flooded with relief and drowned in the vastness of an unexpected storm over the sea of desert. In short, quite blown away.

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  7. Astounding photos.

    This really is an example of you 'making' your own luck to have been there when the storm came in.

    I hope these bring you lots of recognition. Because they should.

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  8. Amazing black and white landscape! love the dramatic sky you capture :D

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  9. Wow powerful and wonderful photos...with a dramatic sky..
    like in the bible and the last judgment..:)nearly the end of the world..we are really small in front of nature...
    A great series ,and a good choice with black and white.. very good job my friend..
    send you my best thoughts and kisses..:)

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  10. Ansel would be proud of you... these are intense...

    Hope you've been having all sorts of wonderful adventures over the past month...

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  11. Owen beat me to it, as I was going to mention Ansel Adams. Truly, I think these are on a par with his work. The first image just took my breath away. I love these!

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  12. Amazing skies. I'm in awe at the top shot! It seems we're having the same kind of weather... Here winter looked like summer and now this!

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  13. When I tried to paint with acrylics and then oils, I was not impressed with my work, but I did enjoy working storms into the skies. I have always been interested in clouds and storms. You god some great shots. Glad you had a good time in the desert.

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  14. I favor the top one with the roiling, rolling clouds -- and the black and white enhances the feel.
    I wonder what plants emerge after such a storm. I have always liked Mr. Abbey's descriptions and names of the desert flora in "Solitaire".

    Just passing through . . .

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  15. Ooooh - you were lucky! You make me smell the sage. That second to last photo with the tiny tiny pin prick head lights....that may be my favorite.
    This is the one place I've never been; and that area near Barstow you did a bloodspot on awhile back

    these are simply fetching

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  16. Hello my friend! I notice you've been away - me too - visiting other blogs. My real life is too busy to blog hop like when we were abroad. snif.
    I LOVE the first shot, it's amazing! All are great but the first one is special!
    Have a relaxing weekend!

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  17. Amazing drama. What a smart choice to go black and white. My favorites are those with a bit of highway and tiny cars at the bottom--just enough to add still more interest (and humanity), but not to diminish in any way the power of the sky and storm. Good stuff! Glad you're back.

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  18. Une ambiance N&B qui va bien avec cette Death Vallée.

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  19. blogspot not bloodspot....what is with auto spell?

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  20. yes, the little cars there put everything into a different perspective, to me this is the exact opposite of the grandiose romantic dream of the Self presiding over the tumultuous nature in Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer:

    http://www.artinthepicture.com/paintings/Caspar_David_Friedrich/The-Wanderer/

    the deep humility and empathy are a mark of your understanding of nature and this is one important aspect of the vision your photographs express...

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  21. Threatening skies but why not convey beauty. The greys are fantastic. Your different landscapes to the mine I like huge.Kisses.

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  22. Brilliant photos! I really like this type of photography but I'm terrible at it.

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  23. Amazing clouds and light you've captured here. Really well done!

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