Lone Pine Sunrise

Lone Pine Sunrise or How to Visit Death Valley in Just One Day.

Lone Pine, California, nestled along the Highway 395 is a little town with a population of just over 2,000 but it can offer an amazing Lone Pine Sunrise to anyone wanting to reach or visit Death Valley in just one day.

Admittedly, it’s one of many that people look past on their way to the big, exciting Mammoth Lakes as they drive up, reducing their speed because they have to,  and looking straight ahead, thinking the entire time “I can NEVER live here”.  A few actually pause and think.  They think why people live in this desolate place.  They also think about the fact that if they had to, would they be able to? Also, if they did not have to, why would they choose to? Mostly, we chose not to think about those reasons.  But I wonder, why do we naturally presume that those reasons are bad?

This post is about one of the magical things Lone Pine has offer to the unsuspecting passerby: an opportunity to visit the amazing Death Valley in just one day.  Admittedly, a day is NOT enough, but for the lack of alternatives this life has to offer, if one day is all you get, the sleepy town of Lone Pine is the way to get it.


Image of a sunrise in Lone Pine


Our first time to see the Death Valley was all the way back in 2012, I actually had to look up the date, and, astonishingly, underestimated the time elapsed by 2 years!  Lately, this does happen a lot.  Fortunately, I happen to appreciate time and try and make the most of it.

Visiting Death Valley in just one day is pretty simple: since all of the places inside the valley itself are booked at least six month ahead of time, try booking a night in Lone Pine instead.  Wake up early, catch an amazing Lone Pine Sunrise,  (the thing most people miss looking straight ahead) just  look across the road and then reach your destination in less than two hours.

The Lone Pine sunrise was a powerful experience and, finally, I had a chance to correct my wrongs and… redo a photoshoot I really messed up almost four years ago.

Hooray and hello beautiful Lone Pine Sunrise!

Image of Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

Sunset in Death Valley National Park Sand Dunes

As much as I love this shot I can’t help but remind myself of a very significant photo-life lesson I learned that day:  see a sunset – bring a tripod.

Some mistakes you only make once (I hope this is one of them).





Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park


Standing next to the Badwater Basin at 282 ft below sea level, looking out at salt flats spreading as far as the eye can see, I realized that Death Valley is a truly fitting name for this magnificent place. I remember feeling utterly vulnerable and instinctively reaching for my water bottle just a few feet from my car; an incomparable, powerful experience which I am not likely to forget any time soon.

Image of Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park.


Nature’s Skylight

And another one from Death Valley. Revisiting this folder has been a lot of fun, it reminded me that there was an incredible surprise at every turn throughout our journey.

Nature's skylight


 Another one from Death Valley.

We took this trip a year ago but I keep wanting to go back.  I keep revisiting this folder and get overwhelmed by how little I captured; no regrets, but a definite urge to put things right.  I have  a feeling though that if I go back once a week for the rest of my life, this feeling will persist still.

Death Valley Landscape

Devil’s Golf Course

Get Off My Golf Course!

Death Valley is absolutely breathtaking; a visit to Devil’s Golf Course makes you feel like you’re definitely on another planet or have suddenly crossed into a parallel universe.  Discovering this guy staring back at us with unmistakable  message – unforgettable.



Photographer’s Paradise

Just Texture or Just Color

The trip to the Death Valley keeps me longing for more.

Short trips would be all I can handle; isolated and controlled doses of a place which I find outright overwhelming and wickedly addictive.   I guess I find paradise (for photographers it truly is nothing short of that) not so easy to handle: the beauty is so concentrated and intense that I find myself intimidated in sense that I might not do it justice.

Image of mud cracks and sand dunes

Photographer’s Heaven

Golden Canyon Trail in Death Valley National Park

Early morning hike, temperature below 80, perfect conditions for conversation.  We were completely silent;  just walking, just looking forward, around, back.  Completely dumbfounded.  This place was breathtaking, utterly out of this world.

Image of the Golden Mountain Trail in Death Valley National Park



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