We went to Death Valley for a few days over the Christmas break, returning home after Christmas. Driving back, we spent a night at Ridgecrest, CA (which is about 2.5 hours from Death Valley) so that we could watch the sunset and moonrise at the Trona Pinnacles. It was a beautiful evening, very silent and still, not another soul in sight. Here is the Royal Swan under early moonlight at Trona Pinnacles.


I wish had a better image of the Pinnacles with the WIP but it was tough to photograph with no elevated spot to park my WIP. I had to make do with a leafless bush (couldn’t go near the leafy bushes for fear of rattlesnakes). Here is a slightly wider photo.