Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

California

I'll be the first to say I really hate the desert which is basically everything outside of Los Angeles- so it's funny for me to say I'd have to consider Death Valley one of my favorite National Parks.  For whatever reason I always come back with some of the coolest photos, so I've been trying to make it back more frequently.  Granted this is always in the winter as there's no way I'm going to brave 120 degree heat of the Summer.  That's just asking for disaster on our roadtrips.  DV even graced the cover of our 2006 family postcard [the highest honor!].

So today I needed a little break from non-stop wedding editing and realized I never finished up this set from way back in February.  I haven't had much time for travelings this year other than to go to Iceland, but my friend Nick and I decided to go hit up Death Valley and do some shooting.  Oddly enough, one never really expects rain when you go there but sure enough, we could tell weather was coming through when we hit fog so thick we couldn't see probably more than 10 feet...and then boy did it POUR!  According to Wikipedia DV averages about 1.5 inches of rain per year with some years going an entire 12 months without a drop.  Somehow we just timed things pretty nicely.  Anyway, here are photos from our trip!

Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain
Death Valley National Park in Winter with Rain

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  • Kevan - Wow - great set! I especially love the second and third images here!

  • Jahaira - I'm a huge fan of your photography!! You've become an inspiration to me. It's one of my passions even though not there yet.. But hopefully one day, I'll be an amazing photographer like you ;)

    Thanks for sharing your gift with the world!!

  • ian - Thanks Jahaira, best of luck with your career!

  • Mark Williamson - I LOVE DeVa in the winter. Beautiful scenery and good weather.

    You have some great shots. Thanks for sharing.

  • Colorado Wedding Photographers, JasonG - Wow... amazing. Beautiful!

  • Sam Karmiel - Wow Ian, Your pics are amazing!

  • ian - Thanks guys!

  • 180360 - It is interesting to see DV clouded in. When I went a few years ago, it was more like the last few photos -- with perfect reflections and not a cloud in the sky. I think you were quite lucky to see it in a pout. :)

  • As Seen On: The Weather Channel - Death Valley rainstorm - […] in 2010 I had the rather strange and rare experience of being stuck in a Death Valley rainstorm.  Apparently these things don't happen very much, so it was pretty fun to be a part of and see the […]

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