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Death Valley National Park – A water-less wonder!

After seeing the Death Valley National Park, I named it a water-less wonder. The vast golden landscape is interesting not only to a geologist but has an appeal to a photographer, and an artist. A good photographer can perhaps capture the beautiful and brutal, dry and dangerous, hot and harsh landscape along with small remnants of life. An artist can reveal the presence of a strange silence in Death Valley like no one else. You and I are mere spectators of this vast wonder named  Death Valley.

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Death Valley National Park – A water-less wonder!

Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth, driest place in North America and its Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America.

Tip: How to plan a National Park Road trip

An artist can reveal the presence of a strange silence in Death Valley like no one else. You and I are mere spectators of this vast wonder named Death Valley. Click To Tweet Death Valley is one of the hottest places on earth, driest place in North America and its Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America. Click To Tweet
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A vast landscape of water-less wonder!

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Nature is amazing; sometimes leafy, and sometimes dry and rough!

In the words of Edna Brush Perkins,

How could rocks and sand and silence make us afraid and yet be so wonderful.

Tip: Also consider visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Dante’s View

It is a viewpoint overlooking Death Valley. The panoramic view of the southern Death Valley basin from this point is simply amazing.

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Dante’s View

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Dante’s View overlooks a rich tapestry of colors

Zabriskie Point

This is famous for its erosional landscape.

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Zabriskie Point

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Beautiful Zabriskie point


Artist’s Palette

This is one of the most unique places that I have seen in the Death Valley. This multicolored area is on the Black Mountains which is a part of Amargosa Range. Millions of years ago, volcanic ash and minerals were deposited here. Time, heat, rain, chemical weathering, and hypodermal alteration have changed the minerals into a variety of colorful rocks. Red, pink, yellow, green and purple colors on the mountain look like an artist’s palette indeed!

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When we arrived to see this fascinating place it was late afternoon. The temperature was constantly rising and the golden landscape looked fiery. When I finally caught a glimpse of the Artist’s palette it appeared to me like an artwork of nature.

When I finally caught a glimpse of the Artist's palette it appeared to me like an artwork of nature. Click To Tweet

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This place inspired me personally. Amidst the relentless rocky trail, amidst the excruciating heat, when I saw this colorful artwork of nature suddenly everything felt full of possibilities. No matter what, there is beauty, there is a possibility everywhere. We have to see it; we have to feel it. I often end up finding an answer about myself in these exotic locations.

This place inspired me personally. Amidst the relentless rocky trail, amidst the excruciating heat, when I saw this colorful artwork of nature suddenly everything felt full of possibilities. Click To Tweet


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Surrounded by mountains, these sand dunes look picturesque. How I wish to do desert camping some day.

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Sand Dunes in Death Valley

A poetic evening in Death Valley

I was lucky to see Death Valley on a full moon night. Death Valley was sparkling that night; an exquisite scene worth remembering forever.

My little girl in Death Valley National Park

My daughter Chirantana is 2 and a half years old. Even in the 109 degrees Fahrenheit heat, my little explorer never complained for a single moment. Like us, she was keen on observing and busy exploring mother nature. She saw sand dunes for the first time. I saw wonder in her eyes and felt content in my heart. I secretly wished, let this wonder be with her forever.

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Our brave little explorer; Our girl

Practical Tips

If you are a parent of a toddler don’t hesitate to let your child explore this landscape, provided you follow a few simple steps.

Tip: Read about the beautiful Ash Meadows national wildlife refuge which is a short detour from Death Valley and 5 beautiful natural getaways from Los Angeles (LA is not far from Death Valley!) by fellow travel bloggers.

Travel Realizations

When I came back after seeing the Death Valley, I tried to put my thoughts on a paper. I wrote a letter to the desert. I was surprised when I saw that even in this water-less wonder, flowers bloom and birds fly. Hope you like reading this letter too.

I was surprised when I saw that even in this water-less wonder, flowers bloom and birds fly. Click To Tweet

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Chirasree Banerjee

Hello. My name is Chirasree. I have been traveling for almost 11 years to places all over the world. I enter into a separate reality during my travels and enjoy the allure of escape from the mundane. I seek beauty through nature and human-made creations. Because beauty is powerful. I seek knowledge. I observe, absorb, and write about the places I visit and the profound realizations and inspirations that each place has to offer.

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4 Comments

  1. Sav

    As an American, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve actually never seen any pictures of Death Valley before! And it’s so beautiful, so I’ve been missing out. There is so much to see in California that I’ve never thought about. This is going on my bucket list for sure.

  2. Wow it does look beautiful! I still don’t know if I’d want to visit haha, the name has always kind of put me off! And it’s sooo dry. But it’s so unlike anywhere else.

  3. This landscape is incredible!! Your photos are magnificent! You were so lucky to have such clear weather for your trip! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful place with us 🙂

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