100 or more photos later, I just winged it and chose a few. The Amargosa Opera House is one of the most inspiring, amazing accomplishments I’ve ever seen. Marta Becket was a #feminine#feminist and inspires me like no woman since my mother, Mignon Wolfe, who was born on February 15th, the day we visited Amargosa at Death Valley Junction, and 50 years since Marta first performed there. She moved from NYC, after a flat tire stranded her at the end of nowhere and she discovered this abandoned Borax Miners Meeting Hall and rented it for $45 a month. With a population of 20 and no audience at her first performance, she PAINTED them on the walls. It took her 6 years. The ceiling (like the first photo, which reminds me of my mother) she painted over 2 summers from a ladder, no scaffolding, blue paint dripping on her face. (Can you imagine? 140 degrees in Death Valley?) She was a ballerina and Rockett in NYC, and they told her at 40 that she was too old and to retire. She danced on her toes into her 80’s. Do yourself a favor and watch her story, up for loads of awards —� “Amargosa” (whew, that was a killer amount of texting) for Marta! And for Mignon (my mother, who would love this), and for Gertrude (Douglas’s mother, who died when he was four, but was born on a date he cannot recall, in February) ❤️ .
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Had an amazing time this weekend even if my luck was bad and my tire blew up before I could even try the trail really lol but glad I was able to tag along still #DeathValley#camping#nature
Yes I made it back here to Death Valley again. This time, I tried exploring a new place and explored some familiar places as well. I feel that I actually had a productive trip. I’m home now hoping that the film will come out.😛
The Sierras that house the highest point in the continental US (Mt. Whitney) are just 100 miles away from the lowest point in the continental US (Death Valley). It amazing how the landscape changes so quickly and so dramatically here in California. West coast best coast!! 💯
Salt crystals at -282ft.
Hard to imagine any chemical baron proposing a national park larger than Connecticut but I suppose conservative mean something back then. Death Valley first became a national monument in 1933 and a national park in 1994. Prior to that it was mined for Borax. #mountain#desert#deathvalley#monumentsforall
Action shot of me sneezing/hacking all over zabriskie point a few hrs ago...gnarly virus, no sleep, wind gusts blowing us off the road and potential wildfire evacuation making this trip extra character building but DAMN was @deathvalleynps a stunner today (also got a nice tan) #findyourpark
Reminiscing about one of my favorite memories with @lisar67 when we climbed up sand dunes in 100+ degree weather (Lisa succeeded while I roasted myself in the sun). We made it back to the car super dehydrated, but determined to find an underground cave, so we hiked for another hour almost giving up. Thankfully we did find the cave (where it was 60 degrees of amazingness). There we met a really cool and sweet travel nurse who gave us some water. We later found out that we had passed a water station earlier and could have avoided all our frustration! Then at the water station I almost got hit by a bat. That was just half the day because we somehow still managed to find the energy to visit Joshua Tree, which was an hour in the opposite direction, to go hike some more and see the stars. 😂💕 #missingouradventures#deathvalley#doratheexplorer#joshuatreenationalpark
This spot was disappointing. I try to capture the moment in my photography with a visual representation of the scene and my emotional experience while there. My most treasured captured are those that remind me of incredible moments. Moments that not even my best images can represent. When I hang them on my wall they serve as reminders of an awesome, and sometimes hilarious experience leading up to, during, or after the shot. This is not one of those photos. Nothing happened here. We walked on a flat playa to some mud cracks. It was hot. There was a small section of usable cracks for photos. Nothing else was really inspiring about the area. This was probably the first time that the photo exceeded the actual experience of being there. On this trip I discovered that I’m not really a desert person. You know.. flat mud playa type deserts. I like everything else that this earth has to offer, but yeah about the desert.. Just no. I suppose that means I don’t want to go to mars anytime soon. Sorry @elonmusk, take @jkputnamphoto he LOVES dirt.