The best thing that can happen when you are in the desert, is a good rain. One hour after this image was taken, it was pouring. Hot ticket for visiting the Navajo Nation – The Valley of the Gods Bed and Breakfast. Run entirely by wind and solar power, owners
Fossil Falls, east of Highway 395 south of Lone Pine, is an easy hike and neat place. Carved by water out of an old lava flow, you can find several places where local Indians must have ground grain. http://maps.google.com/maps?
Actually, it is Point Lobos, California, one of the favorite spots of Ansel Adams and Eddie Weston. This is a large scale image, over 12,000 pixels in original capture. It prints nicely at 8 feet across.
Stretching out an equi-rectangular panorama doesn’t always make for an interesting image. This is a favorite road of motorcyclists and sports car drivers. The halo of the sun is a real effect of the high dynamic range process. The only retouching here to remove the shadow of the camera.