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Racetrack Playa


[Update: August 27, 2014 – The mystery of the moving stones at Racetrack Playa has been solved. See this and this.]

This post is motivated by the news that the Racetrack Playa, one of the jewels of Death Valley National Park, has been recently defaced by thoughtless folks treading on the wet playa. After the hellish 28 miles one-way drive on a severely washboarded route, the urge to come back with a photograph can be irresistible but this kind of vandalism is inexcusable. Just this past December, I had plans to head there for a sunrise shoot but was told by the park rangers that the playa was wet, so I re-vectored my plans and went elsewhere.

These images were taken on my first visit to the Racetrack in 2009.

Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park

Moving stones of Racetrack Playa
5D, TS-E 45 f/2.8

Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park

5D, 14L II

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