Death Valley ~ Desert Gold  

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Death Valley ~ Desert Gold
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The flowers in this picture are called Desert Gold. The reason this is rare is because there is seldom a bloom like this in Death Valley. They say it is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. I have also heard that this is the best wildflower bloom in 50 years. For the flowers to bloom, they need rain, which in Death Valley, falls less than 2 inches per year, and sometimes not at all. The rain must be properly spaced through the winter, with no drying winds. The flowers seeds are covered in a waxy coating and lay dormant until these conditions all come together. So you see, it is rare indeed. And pretty, too.


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03/25/05 6:33 AM GMT
She is a beauty of a landscape Glenn. Your comment is just as good and informative. Some fun could be had with this image if you were to use the burn tool in Photoshop to darken the mountains and sky in the background. I think this would really bring out the wonderful color in the flowers. Good capture:-)
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03/25/05 11:52 AM GMT
Beautiful capture indeed (I too value the description highly). I think that the image would have benefited some on one stop underexposure or so. The flowers have lost some texture in the petals due to the exposure. This can be really tricky though with some flowers since they reflect the sun really well. I think the mountains would gain some on a slight underexposure too.

(I know, I know it can be a pain to make a re-shoot (especially since it's such a rare event you have captured). I rarely do but I always try to evaluate my shots to know if I can do stuff differently in the future. As a rule it's easier to postprocess a photo that is not slightly overexposed (this is what happens far too easy if one do a "normal" exposure) and this is easiest done with one or two step underexposure.)

Ok, nuf yack, yack, from me. ^_^ Nice overall photo though.
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03/25/05 3:26 PM GMT
I had heard on the news that Death Valley was in bloom more than it's ever been for over a century. I've really wanted to see that, but can't take the time right now. Thanks for sharing this photo.
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03/25/05 7:30 PM GMT
I'm not a photographer and am not sure what Darryl's suggestions could do to this photo, but I think I am thinking just the opposite and how calm and serene this photo is with it's lighter contrasts in the background. I am drawn right into the pretty wildflower field. I like the shot and like the others, appreciate your description.
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"The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!" Coco Chanel
03/25/05 8:32 PM GMT
I love this fantastic photo, thanks for sharing beautiful photos from your part of the world.

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03/29/05 6:41 PM GMT
Wonderful shot of such a rare occurence.
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We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.
04/11/05 9:04 PM GMT
I adore daisies. You captured their happiness and beauty well. Nice.
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07/18/06 2:53 AM GMT
Glenn, the angle is perfect here, as is the composition. Wonderful image and thanks for sharing this rare beauty! oh and - GO BADGERS & the PACK :)) - Patty
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It's all about perspective and perception.
05/29/10 9:22 AM GMT
Great capture and thanks for the info in the description..very interesting!
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