Sunrise Moonset at Death Valley National Park


Just as the sun was rising in the east the full moon was setting in the west. This incredible scenic opportunity made it necessary to get up before sunrise. Then we drove to some spots where we could take pictures of the Death Valley landscape in the magic light of early morning.


Moon setting over the Panamint Range in Death Valley National Park. BTP3270087c.jpg
moon setting scenery at Death Valley National Park


Moon setting over the Panamint Range. Panorama of two pictures. BTP3270090-091cs.jpg
Panamint Range scenery at Death Valley National Park


In the early morning calm the shallow lake at Badwater made a nice reflecting surface. We knew that we had come to the right place because pro and semi-pro photographers were lined up elbow-to-elbow at 6AM in the morning to photograph this scenery. Badwater is 15 mi south of Furnace Creek Campground (topo map). BTP3270098c.jpg
reflecting pool scenery at Death Valley National Park


Sunrise at the sand dunes east of Stovepipe Wells Village (topo map). BTP3280075c.jpg
sand dune scenery at Death Valley National Park

Background = salt pan at the Sand Dunes in the early morning light.


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