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StevenZ
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One of the highlights of my trip to Death Valley. This place is aptly called "The Devil's Golf Course". A large salt pan that seems to go on for miles and miles. It consists of hard, jagged crystalized salt with deep gouges, the remnants of a shallow lake which began to dry up over 2000 years ago. Minerals dissolved in the lake which became increasingly concentrated as water evaporated, coating the muddy lake bed with a three to five feet thick crust of salt.

For some reason, The Golf Course doesn't get the same attention and tourist traffic that Badwater does, which is strange since it's such a unique looking geological formation. I actually liked it more than Badwater.

This was taken early morning, I have other views taken around sunset which I'll post another time.

http://www.shutterfreaks.com/gallery21/main.php/d/105463-1/DevilsGolfCourse1MonoWebFramed.jpg




Dec 13, 2012 at 01:34 AM
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Excellent interpretation, Steven.
I also like the "Golf Course" a lot.
But it's a couple of miles of washboard dirt road, and all the city slickers think their cars will fall apart if they take it. Actually, they aren't TOO far off; it's usually some of the worst washboard I've ever driven. Luckily, it's a short distance to road's end.
Charlie



Dec 13, 2012 at 02:03 AM
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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Excellent interpretation, Steven.
I also like the "Golf Course" a lot.
But it's a couple of miles of washboard dirt road, and all the city slickers think their cars will fall apart if they take it. Actually, they aren't TOO far off; it's usually some of the worst washboard I've ever driven. Luckily, it's a short distance to road's end.
Charlie



Actually, the road wasn't too bad at all, Charlie. Washboard yes, be we drove on a lot worse than the road to Devils Golf Course.



Dec 13, 2012 at 03:12 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Awesome photo Steven. The processing is very nice. I am one of the tourists that flock to bad water :P. I just haven't gotten many good photos from the golf course vs bad water :P


Jason



Dec 13, 2012 at 04:40 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Probably one of the hardest (IMHO) areas in DV to shoot. Very well done Steve. It rivals Fred Miranda's image of the place.


Dec 13, 2012 at 05:43 AM
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Works for me!


Dec 13, 2012 at 07:07 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Terrific photo Steven.
Perfect composition, you even managed to get some nice wispy clouds into the picture.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Excellent image, Steven.
Love the comp and the urge to step inside.
Chris



Dec 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Absolutely terrific shot Steven! Really love the comp and texture of this!

Greg



Dec 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Another great one Steven....great BW conversion on this
'cheers Andrew



Dec 14, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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Wonderful image of this place, Steven. It's a bonus that it is not crowded there.


Dec 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Only the Devil Plays Golf Here


Stunning detail and composition, well done.

Cheers Ray



Dec 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM
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Tim ONeill wrote:
Probably one of the hardest (IMHO) areas in DV to shoot. Very well done Steve. It rivals Fred Miranda's image of the place.


Thanks, Tim, that's the ultimate compliment. I've always considered Fred "one of the best".



Dec 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM





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