The Stovepipe Wells sand dunes are a well known feature and every photographer in the valley stops there sooner or later. Most photographers trek out there in the darkness to capture the sunrise. It’s a challenge to avoid others and their footprints. This particular shot was taken in the evening, just after sunset. I’ve no idea how this piece of tree found itself on top of this dune but I can only imagine someone hauled it up there – perhaps another photographer, even. I had a hard enough time hauling my camera bag and tripod up the soft sand!

Looking east from atop a sand dune at Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park.

Looking east from atop a sand dune at Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park.

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Titus Canyon Road is a one-way drive for most of it’s length. You can drive from the valley to where the canyon exits but then you have to hike into the canyon. Most people that take that route will never reach this spot, some 5 miles or so from the parking lot. This is a view to the west as the road starts to descend more steeply through the Grapevine Mountains of the Amargosa Range. In the distance you can see the Cottonwood Mountains of the Panamint Range.

The upper reaches of Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park.

The upper reaches of Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park.

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If you drive the Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park, about a quarter mile after you pass through the remains of Leadfield you get to the upper entrance to Titus Canyon. I had to stop and get a few shots of this wondrous view – the most amazing folded rocks I’ve ever seen. Having taken classes in Geology as part of my Geophysics degree, to see these folded rocks literally stopped me in my tracks. Imagine the forces required to bend all this material, and the heat such that the rocks would bend not snap.

Folded Rocks at the entrance to Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park.

Folded Rocks at the entrance to Titus Canyon, Death Valley National Park.

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There are lots of ‘Marlboroughs’ around the world. This one is in Wiltshire, England, where I went to school. RC & J Upton Leathercraft of Marlborough sits in an alleyway between 106 and 107 High Street. The Post Office refers to this as ‘Old Hughendon Yard’. Applebys, at the end of the yard serves tea, coffee, breakfast and lunch, though I’m more likely to take a few more steps for some fine real ales. If you stroll up to Applebys and take a right, you find yourself in Hughendon Yard though it’s relatively modern construction lacks the charm of its old namesake. I was quite pleased at how this image turned out as it’s a three-image HDR taken handheld with a Canon S100 point-and-shoot camera.

Leathercraft of Marlborough, Old Hughendon Yard at 106-107 High Street, Marlborough, UK.

Old Hughendon Yard at 106-107 High Street, Marlborough, UK.

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