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Extemely Strange Vortex Cloud, March 25, 1991

Vortex Cloud On a typically windy day in the Saline Valley I spotted a most unusual cloud.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, 1988 - 1997

Military jets in the Wild: 1988 - 1997 I know some places where military jets fly at low altitude in the wild.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, March and September 1999

Military Jets in the Wild: 1999 These pictures of jets flying at low altitude in the desert were taken on camping trips in 1999.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, November 2001

Military Jets in the Wild: 2001 These pictures of jets flying at low altitude in the desert were taken on a camping trip in November 2001.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, April 2002

Jets in the Wild, April 2002 These pictures of jets flying at low altitude in the desert were taken on a camping trip in April 2002

June 24, 2002, Driving the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Jeep Trail

Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road

On the longest day of 2002, I drove up the Swansea-Cerro Gordo Road to the Burgess Mine at the crest of the Inyo Mountains just before sunset. I continued across the crest of the Inyo Mountains to Cerro Gordo, arriving as the full moon rose.

January 2003, Boeing NT-43A Radar Test Bed sighted over Death Valley

Boeing T-43A Radar Test Bed (RTB) with Northrop B-2 Spirit On a trip to Death Valley in January 2003, I spotted a Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber flying in formation with the highly modified Boeing NT-43A Radar Test Bed. It was a new one on me.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, March 2003

Military Jets in the Wild: March 2003 I spent a week in March 2003 photographing military jets in the wild.

Panamint Valley tour, October 5, 2004

Panamint Valley tour On Tuesday, October 5, 2004, my sister and I drove our Toyota 4Runners to the ghost town of Ballarat in the Panamint Valley with the intent of 4-wheeling up Pleasant Canyon to Rogers Pass.

Mojave Desert Wildflowers, April 2005

Death Valley Wildflower Trip, April 1 - 3, 2005 Here's a display of wildflower pictures from a trip to Death Valley during the first weekend in April. Stops along the way include the Antelope Valley, Inyo Mountains, Alabama Hills, Augereberry Point, Wildrose Canyon, and the Padre Crowley Overlook above the Panamint Valley.

Military Airplanes in the Wild, November 2005

Military Airplanes in the Wild, November 2005 I spent four days in November 2005 camping in the Saline Valley photographing military jets, mostly Super Hornets and RAF Hercules.

Saline Valley, November 2005

Saline Valley, November 2005 The Saline Valley is a remote and beautiful part of Death Valley National Park. The primitive roads and utter lack of services make it one of the least visited parts of the park.

High Desert Tour, November 2006

Fall 2006 High Desert Tour Over Veteran's Day weekend I toured Owens Valley, the Inyo Mountains, Panamint Valley, and Trona Pinnacles. I shot several panoramic photos along the way.

Inyo County Tour, October 8 - 9, 2007

Inyo County Tour, Monday, October 8 On Monday, October 8, we toured the Alabama Hills and then drove up to Papoose Flat in the Inyo Mountains.

Inyo County Tour, Tuesday, October 9 On Tuesday, October 9, we drove over Cerro Gordo Pass in the Inyo Mountains, then cruised through Lee Flat on our way to Hunter Mountain.

Spring Time in Saline Valley, March 9 - 14, 2008

Spring Time in Death Valley National Park I spent five days in the Saline Valley photographing scenery and jets in the wild. Two days after I returned home, the winds were gusting to 48 miles per hour where I was camping.

Panamint Valley and Saline Valley Slideshow: Slideshow of scenery in Panamint Valley and Saline Valley in March 2008.

Military Jets In The Wild, March 10 - 14, 2008

In The Wild 2008 The Saline Valley is home to a great deal of military jet training and testing. I photographed several Super Hornets and Fighting Falcons during a recent visit.

Saline Valley Birdwatching: Slideshow of Boeing-McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18 Hornets from NAS Lemoore and NAWS China Lake and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcons from Fresno ANG and Edwards AFB flying at low altitude in the Saline Valley in March 2008.

Lone Pine to Death Valley, October 5 - 7, 2008

Lone Pine to Death Valley, October 5 - 7, 2008 On Sunday, October 5, I shot a series of panoramas with my Gigapan robotic camera mount in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, and up at Horshoe Meadow in the Sierra Nevada. On Monday, I drove across Lee Flat, over Hunter Mountain, through Ulida Flat and Hidden Valley, via Teakettle Junction to Racetrack Playa. Then I cruised through Racetrack Valley, past Dry Mountain to Ubehebe Crater.

Mojave - Kennedy Meadows Gigapan tour, December 6, 2008

>Mojave - Kennedy Meadows Gigapan tour, December 6, 2008 On Saturday, December 6, I started at the Mojave Airport. I drove north on the Antelope Valley Freeway to Nine Mile Canyon, which I followed to Kennedy Meadows. Above Kennedy Meadows, just past Fish Ctreek Meadow at an elevation of 7,800 feet, the road was icy, so I returned the same way.

Kennedy Meadows is reached by way of nine Mile Canyon

Springtime in the Saline Valley, April 6 - 10, 2010

I spent five days camping in the Saline Valley in April 2010. Lows were in the 40s, the highs were in the eighties. The sky was mostly cloudless. The wind was fairly calm until the last two nights.

Saline Valley April 2010 Page 1 Page 1: Driving into the valley

Saline Valley April 2010 Page 2 Page 2: Campout

Airplanes In The Wild, April 6 - 10, 2010

In the Wild, April 6 - 10, 2010 I camped out in the Saline Valley photographing airplanes in the wild in April, 2010. Camp was buzzed by several F/A-18 Hornets including one destined for delivery to the Australian Air Force. Two Boeing 747 testbeds flew overhead and three Cessnas paid a visit to the Chicken Strip.

California Desert Wildflowers, April 11, 2010

California Desert Wildflowers, April 11, 2010 Ocotillo, Creosote, and Brittlebush are in bloom near Desert Center, California

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