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Death Valley "Super Bloom" 2016 in #VR. | by @TanjaB
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Death Valley "Super Bloom" 2016 in #VR.

If you're a close up or macro photographer, the Death Valley Super Bloom for 2016 is amazing. For panoramic photography, it's a bit underwhelming as this subtle phenomenon is swallowed up by a wide lens.

 

In this shot, this lovely "carpet" of Desert Gold (Geraea canescens) can't quite fill the frame in 360. But look to the horizon and you'll see a the floral equivalent of a Milky Way of yellow flowers. Also, I never observed a "blanket" of Notch Leaf Phacelias. However, I did see dozens of sphinx moth caterpillars munching on the flowers which are easier to see with a close up shot.

 

I went yesterday and apparently the phenomenon is in full effect and expected to be for another week or so, according to the ranger I spoke to at Stovepipe Wells Visitor's Information Center who also advised me on the best places to see the blooms.

 

A nice little loop drive is to go up the Beatty Cutoff Road and down Mud Canyon, then back to Furnace Creek along Highway 190.

 

View this image on Google Maps here: goo.gl/hXVfHc

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Uploaded on March 13, 2016