Photos from Lake Isabella, CA (on hwy 178 between Bakersfield and Hwy 395)  3/5/15

I haven't had time to identify him but whata warbler.  A really pretty inspiring songster.  Made me want to have eggs with her.  (I'm teasing about the eggs.)

Straight, as the Raven flies.

Sad sight for the farmers in Bakersfield.

Lake Isabella, isn't much of a lake.  Camping was free though.  No camping neighbors, no problems. 

The following are photos from Death Valley, touring the "Race Track" which is famous for rocks, huge rocks, that have left tracks in the lake bed as you will see in my photos, as well as a 27 mile dirt road (one way) that is famous for destroying cars that is used to access this area.  This dirt road was the demise of last years car.  More details on that.

Snow! in Death Valley?  You betcha.  It is strange to me, that even the snow is a conservative dusting.  Their were an occasional puddle of water, even on the road.  You would think an explosion of flowers but everything thing else, was in it's norml arid state as if nothing had happened.  I guess a deluge is required to coax the flowers out.

The infamous "Tea Kettle Junction."  If your car can see this, it is likely on it's last legs.  19 miles of rutted dusty dirt road leading up to this point.  I was noticing how the sign has become secondary to the display of kettles, almost being obscured by them.

Last years photo.......  Funny to compare the two.  Makes me want to come back to shoot it next year.  lol  A lot of missing kettles and rearranged kettles.  I can imagine people swap kettles for a souvenir.  Even the rocks on the ground around the sign, are different. 


My only Selfie (so far), including shadow. lol  I had to have proof of actually being there.  Who knows, I could be clipping photos out of National Geographic.

This is the only sign of anything in over twenty miles of dessert.  Weird to come upon it, weirder still that it has become an International Land Mark, recognizable in even Kazakhstan.

The "Race Track" lake viewed from afar.  Appears to me, to be a muddy water lake from this vantage point.

Actually, it is a really flat dried mud plane called a "Playa."  Click on the photo for a mega "playa" view.  This rocky feature has been dubbed, "The Grand Stand" (to watch the rocks race by, of course).  It is about a half mile from what would be a shore if there were water.  Walking to this feature is allowed but it is still a rock, even close up.  Unlike other rocks on this lake bed, so far, it hasn't been moved even an inch.  I guess size does matter.

Before observing this "moving rock" first hand, years before, I saw an article on PBS, a half hour remarking on the mystery of how a hundred plus pound rock could skate across the lake bed.  I was skeptical, thinking that there had to be some logical explanation like the trail left behind by flowing water.  That theory went out the second story window when noticing some of the tracks are crooked as well as 25 plus yards long.  Skating on ice?  I don't buy that.  Seems like it wouldn't leave a track if the movement was encouraged by ice.

I read on one of those nature boards in Mammoth area, that nature prefers to do things symmetrically.  This is the "Playa" surface and what it looks like when it dries.  A lot of symmetry. Not perfect but it is easy to see the attempt.  I have observed this with those vertical pile of lava features called the "Devils Post Pile" in the Mammoth area.  You can view here if your curiosity needs satisfaction.

Zoom, a race between two rocks.  This is where I get to thinking, wouldn't the lighter rock, if pushed by the wind, whined up ahead of the bigger rock?

As viewed from afar

Playing with itself or practicing for the next race, who knows?

The correct way to tour this road.  Rent a Jeep, jump over a couple of cliffs and then tell the rental place, "It was beat up when I got it. BTW, roll bar works really well."

The following photos are just different desert scenes my camera insisted on taking..........  Shot from the window of my car while navigating back on the dirt road of death. 54 miles and four hours of shake rattle and roll.

Tweet, tweet.  Looked to be Finches of some kind.  Several with colorful red plumage, the rest more drab but all had the beak of a Finch..

A main stump with several babies and a baby stump, also with several babies.  Go figure.  Must be Mormon or Catholic?

A rock house with it's own desert landscaping and detached garage/workshop.

No place for the batteries?  lol

You got to imagine, with all of that protection, the inside has to be really great to eat, else, why all the protection?  Looks like a task for a Machette.

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens as well as a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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