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Lost In Searles Lake


Lost In Searles Lake
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Copyright: David Garrison (dgarr) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 85] (521)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1997-03-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon FM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-17 17:46
Viewed: 1811
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a scan of a black and white photo taken on film about ten years ago. It had been printed in my darkroom on a warmtone paper so I decided to convert this scan to RGB and mimic the effect. I took it a bit farther than the original and gave it more of a sepia effect.

Trona is located in the Mojave Desert Northeast of Los Angeles. When I would head towards Death Valley from San Diego, I would stop here and camp for the night and then get in some early morning shots of the Pinnicles before continuing to Death Valley. Searles Lake existed here 10,000 to 100,000 years ago. Deep beneath Searles Lake, calcium-rich groundwater and alkaline lake water combined to grow tufa formations. Today you can see the rare aftermath of the perfect geological conditions. Known as tufa pinnacles, these strange shapes formed underwater .

The 1960's television series 'Lost In Space' used a lot of footage from this location. In the second or third episode, the 'Jupiter 2' crash lands on a distant planet. The scene of the space ship coming in for a landing on the 'alien' planet was filmed using a camera-man in a helicopter at this location, and later the film crew and cast were sent out here for more film footage.


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