Death Valley lies beyond the Sierra Mountains and Panamint Mountains. Bad Waters, Death Valley, is the lowest point (at 280 feet below sea level) in the United States, and is said to have the hottest recorded temperatures on the earth, at more than 130 degrees.
Upon our first descent down into the valley, we drove slowly and saw this parched coyote walking up to Panamint Springs.
And...and few more critters crossed our path......
........a black lizard with half a tail.......
We saw several Killdeer birds that stood in the waterway and we wondered if they eat the salty fish?
|The black specks in the sky are the buzzards. There are more than a hundred in this one area.|
The above photo was taken from our patio and looking towards
the swimming pool at Furnace Creek Ranch. Palm trees are not native to Death Valley and they are only seen on the ranch. If any do spread their seeds and sprout up outside the ranch they are removed so that native species can thrive.
There were professional photographers at Dante's View, and they took this picture of us. We enjoyed talking with them and found out they came from Newport Beach, Ca. The draw for them is obvious and I'd like to see their work!
Upon leaving the area we drove up and up and up and then down and down and down to see the beautiful Sierra Mountains. They followed us along the road until we were long on our way headed back to our Willamette Valley.