Death Valley Zabriskie Point

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Looking back through my 2014 photo library and came across this one of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park. This was one of my favorite shots of the weekend trip. I had seen photos of this landmark before, but didn’t realize how accessible it is. You literally drive up to this point and walk about 150 yards from the parking lot to this view. Sorry if that ruins it for you, but hey, if you’re looking to go to Death Valley, I figure I’m helping you find this location.

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Zabriskie Point Death Valley

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Zabriskie Point Death Valley 36.420067, -116.812230

Making a Reservation

When Nathan and I went, we camped in the Furnace Creek campground. You can reserve a camping spot here. The Furnace Creek camping area is decent by most standards. Running water. Flushing toilets. This camp site is also the only one in the Death Valley National Park that takes advance reservations on the Internet or by phone and you can make reservations six months in advance. Fees are a very affordable $18 per night in the winter and $12 in the summer.

Closed for Repairs

Depending on when you’re reading this or planning to go, be advised that Zabriskie Point and surrounding area in Death Valley will be closed starting in December 2014 for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls. When we were there 12 months ago, it was very obvious that some work needed to be done. It’s estimated that these repairs will be completed by the end of March 2015.

Surfer Spectator

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I’ve tried to surf before and I’m terrible. So I think I’ll stick with photographing those who know what they’re doing.

The other weekend, we made the short drive down the coast to one of the most spectacular surfing points in the south central coast / northern southern California called Rincon Point. Man oh man, were the waves cooperating.

The Rincon Classic surf competition was going on just around the corner, but I was having fun shooting all of the amateur surfers who were just south of the pros.

There were dozens of surfers out competing for the waves. I have no idea how they keep track of and avoid each other as they are all trying to catch the same wave. They clearly have a method to the apparent madness and they all seemed to get along just fine.

This was one of my favorite shots of the day. One surfer was just trying to ride the wave out and get on the other side of it, while another surfer had clearly caught it and was making his way through.

Devyn in San Francisco

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This was taken around Thanksgiving 2014. We were up in San Francisco for the long weekend and went to the Exploratorium.

People Watching Zone

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Look up

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