Moonlit Racetrack Playa, Death Valley

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D800
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Death Valley National Park
Town
Big Pine
Brief Directions

Access is via Racetrack Road, reached at the Grapevine Junction near Scotty's Castle. The 28 mile rough gravel road heading south-west from Ubehebe Crater is passable with non-4WD vehicles but requires high ground clearance. It rounds the western side of the playa to a parking area with descriptive signs by the National Park Service.

Notes

This photo is was created by two photos - one taken before the moon rose, which provided the black sky and stars. The other was taken after the moon rose and highlighted the Playa.

Description

The full moom lit up the otherwise pitch black salt pan at the Racetrack in Death Valley. One of the "sailing stones" of the Playa is in the foreground, with a mysterious track leading to it.

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Date Added
January 7, 2014
Date Taken
January 7, 2014