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While in Death Valley I made a side trip up to Rhyolite.


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An old wooden train caboose, with wheels removed, sits near the train station in the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. It was supposedly used as a gas station. Which, may explain the large tank nearby.

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On my way to Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills recently I had to stop by the old Nevada ghost town of Rhyolite. It was early afternoon when I past through and the lighting was harsh and not what I would typically prefer for photography. But hey, you take what you get and make the most of it, right? I'm always amazed at the results that can be obtained with HDR in difficult lighting situations!


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What would be a trip to Death Valley without a side trip to Rhyolite, Nevada.


If you are interest in the story of Rhyolite it can be found here:,_Nevada

Rhyolite is the largest Ghost town in Death Valley. It boatsed a population of nearlt 10k during it's hayday from 1905 to only 1911. Several ruins remain today.

What would be a trip to Death Valley without a side trip to Rhyolite, Nevada.


If you are interest in the story of Rhyolite it can be found here:,_Nevada


I would have loved to get rid of the cars but that is where they parked.

There is a debate as to which this building is...Casino or railroad station. This was taken in the Nevada desert in the abandoned town of Rhyolite.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland, during my first Iceland cycle tour in the summer of 2009. After a violent storm and three days of almost constant rain, it was nice to enjoy at least brief moments of sunshine lighting up the multicoloured rhyolite hills as grey clouds scuttled across the sky.

Rhyolite, Nevada


Rhyolite is located about 30 miles east of Death Valley National Park. If you like to photograph ghost towns it's a great place to visit.,_Nevada


Rhyolite NV, a ghost town on the edge of Death Valley


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OK, I'm guessing that this is rhyolite. Regardless, volcanic rock classically cools with fractures perpendicular to the direction of cooling. Think of the Devil's Postpile or The Giant's Causeway which are basalt that classically forms hexagonal columns. Another famous example is Devil's Tower (phonolite).

old image from march 2004. rhyolite ghost town, nevada. simple black white conversion CS3 — high contrast red filter or infrared - can't remember! must be time for bed. :-)

Ghosts at the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada.

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A Ghosttown, just a few miles outside Death Valley NP.

In the backgroud you can see the Grapevine and the Funeral Mountains in the Amargosa Range.



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Rhyolite Ghost Town Nevada near Death Valley

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Milky Way behind the ruins of the old bank

I never actually knew that I had a favorite rock until I went to Scotland. On my very first visit to places like Glen Etive and Glen Nevis I was really taken with the look of the deep red rock known as Rhyolite. It is a faint pink color when dry but when it gets wet it is a dark shade of almost blood red. On my recent visit to Glen Etive I saw this small waterfall running down the Rhyolite rock face on the other side of the riv er surrounded by frozen grass. I was attracted to the graphic juxtaposition of the smooth flowing water and the harder textures of the surrounding ice. I also thought that the red of the rock looked great with the blue shadow areas so I put on the telephoto lens and framed a composition. I hope some of you will appreciate this as well.




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From Beatty to Death Valley, on a windy dusty sunset.

At the border of Death Valley National Park sits the old abandoned mining town of Rhyolite. It doesn't have the ramshackled look of the wooden building ghost towns, but the obvious decay tells the story just as well.


Founded in 1904, the town of Rhyolite, Nevada, peaked in 1907 with electric lights, water mains, telephones, newspapers, a hospital, a school, an opera house, and a stock exchange. By 1910, the mines played out and the town failed. By 1920, Rhyolite was totally abandoned, a classic American ghost town. Today, only a few shells of buildings remain, including this, the famous Cook Bank building. Page 30 of my OOP 2003 book "Lost America."


Shot August 1997. Night, full moon, 160 T film, 8 minute exposure, 20 pops of red-gelled strobe flash.

In the ghost town of Rhyolite, near Death Valley National Park, California, USA.

Rhyolite ghost town, Nevada. Shot with Diana Mini and Tri-x.

The Milky Way and Night Sky over the remains of the Cook Bank Building in the Ghost Town of Rhyolite, Nevada


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Landmannalaugar is a region near the volcano Hekla in the southern part of Iceland's highlands.


The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland's highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields, not far from the service center. The many mountains in the surrounding area display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white. Two of the most popular mountains among hikers are Bláhnjúkur (meaning "blue peak") and Brennisteinsalda (meaning "sulphur wave").


Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails. The most popular routes include the 2 hour hike through the Laugahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda ("Sulphur Wave"), the 1 hour hike up Mt. Bláhnjúkur ("Blue Peak") and the 4 hour hike to Ljótipollur crater lake ("Ugly Puddle"). Landmannalaugar can also be the starting point of several longer hiking trails, such as the 3-4 day Hellismannaleið hike by the roots of Hekla volcano and Sprengisandur route for the people who are willing to rough it through the immense volcanic desert.


Landmannalaugar is the usual starting point for a four day long hiking trail aptly called Laugavegur, as the main shopping street in Reykjavík city center is called the same and is referred to the herds of people that walk the trail every day. The name actually means "The Landmannalaugar Trail", "Laugar" being a shortened version for "Landmannalaugar". The usual four day trail ends in Þórsmörk, but one or two days can be added, trekking then all the way to Skógar nearly at the coast via Fimmvörðuháls between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.






I returned to Iceland for my third time there to hike the world’s famous Laugavegurinn (Laugavegur) trek combined with its Fimmvörðuháls hiking neighbour; we went in the south-to-north direction starting in Skógar and finishing our journey in the colorful Landmannalaugar area.


The itinerary was rather straightforward and not surprising: Skógar -> Fimmvörðuháls -> Þórsmörk -> Emstrur (Botnar) -> Álftavatn -> Hrafntinnusker -> Landmannalaugar.


We were quite lucky with the weather except for the Emstrur -> Álftavatn part when we experienced the most horrible weather I have ever encountered during my hiking trips – really strong wind and constant rain made from this part a “survival” odyssey. It is often said that weather is a crucial factor in this hike and our experience from this particular day (and also from the other – beautiful – days) just confirmed that.


This is a shot taken during our sixth day in the area - we were hiking from the Hrafntinnusker hut to our final destination - Landmannalaugar.

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Kodachrome - 1978. In 1964 a movie called "The Reward" was filmed in Rhyolite Using the Cook Bank. It was during that time that the arches, false facade on the windows and iron railings were added to the building. It was designed to look like an abandoned Spanish Town. Several Movies have been made using the Cook Bank Building, but only two have made dramatic changes to the structure. In 2004 Dreamworks Studios used the Cook Bank for the movie "The Island". It was in their contract to put the Cook Bank back to its original glory, so they removed the false facade and the iron work on the windows.

Two old shacks in the Rhyolite ghost town in Nevada near Death Valley.

8-minute exposure under the light of the full moon. I also added a bit of extra light to the exterior with a blue-gel’d flashlight.

Ghost town at Death Valley, California

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