I arrived at Death Valley National Park on Thursday, the 12th. Dispersed camping is not allowed in most of the Park so I drove into Stovepipe Wells and looked for a spot at the campground. There were a few spots left but the areas left were not what I wanted. I went over to Furnace Creek and found everything full. I decided to leave the park and come back next year. Just outside the Park I found a dirt road along Highway 190 and followed it to a nice lonely spot where no one was around.
The next morning I went over to China Ranch Date Farm (https://www.chinaranch.com/) and had my annual Date Shake. Then I hiked nearby along the Amargosa River. That night I camped out on BLM land near Tecopa. The next day I arrived at the Mojave National Preserve. It is a location I spent lots of time in when I lived in Los Angeles. I wanted to check out the fire that occurred at the Cima Dome area. In August lightning started a fire that eventually destroyed 44,000 acres of Joshua Tree Woodland. (https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7000/)
I want to return to the area in the Spring to see how the wildflowers from the winter rains create a colorful floor amidst the black and charred trees.
I then traveled to the other side of the Preserve and found a nice spot under an ancient Cottonwood tree and set up camp. These images were captured with the Nikon FM3a, and developed in HC-110(B) for 4 minutes @20C.