Red Sand & White Earth

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  1. abraxas

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    cool photo!! Where is this at?
     
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    Love the contrast and of course, the ever present hills in the distance.

    Is that a pool of salts by any chance?
     
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    very nice, I love the colour and textures in this....top exposure too...but I want to see all of the white (salt lake?).
     
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    Thanks Keeblitz, Kundalini and Roger.

    This is from the Mojave Desert in California. The red sand is a course basalt, a nutritionless mineral resulting from weathering on an inactive volcanic cone. The white is a small dry lake formed, I believe of a pumice-like material. Again, low in nutrition available for plant growth.

    This was about 3/4 of the way through a 400 mile round trip drive I took last thursday looking for wildflowers. Didn't have much time to spend here and would like to go back and do it right, probably during a sunrise.

    I would have liked to got more of the playa (dry lake). I was having some flare problems going to the right, and the scenery sort of dropped away. I believe power transmission lines tainted the scene also. This is one of those 'sweet spots' where the landscape is unique amongst unique landscape. I found the little area about ten years ago getting lost looking for a place I never found. Unfortunately, about 4 miles up and around the road the Bureau of Land Management developed a road to a view that is sure to become a popular attraction, and one day, probably this summer this will become filthy with people and toys and garbage.
     
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    wow beautiful shot I lilke it
     
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    Thanks- Sheesh, the more I look at this and the rest of the series, I want to go back.
     
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    I really like it
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    great colours, composition is spot on :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Arch. This was one of those shots that after I took it, I knew I was done. I did take a few more, but this had the "feel."
     
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    omg what a gorgeous shot!
     

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