• Landscape,  Texture,  Travel

    Getting into Death Valley

    We had a whole day available to drive from Mojave to Furnace Creek. The morning began hazily and with scattered dust devils. At the Pinnacles we go a real sandstorm.

    The long straight streets with poles often make me dream of an infinite world.

    Poles © Julian Köpke

     A sandstorm lets you stop all thoughts about infinity. Suddenly the safety of the equipment becomes much more important.

    Sandstorm near Pinnacles © Julian Köpke

    This train is on a siding for decades. The diffusion effect of the sandstorm showed the abandonment nicely.

    Train on a siding © Julian Köpke
    Sandstorm at pinnacles © Julian Köpke
    Pinnacles © Julian Köpke

    After check-in in our incredibly expensive, but the only hotel in the area we immediately headed for Zabriskie Point. These structures show no scale at all and allow the imagination to run wild.

    Zabriskie Point at sunset © Julian Köpke
    Zabriskies Point at sunset © Julian Köpke

    Personally I liked most a wild boar at the south end.

    Sleeping wild boar at Zabriskie Point © Julian Köpke
  • Travel,  Yosemite National Park

    Berkeley

    Berkeley is my first stop. Here I meet my friend Harold and his wife Phyllis. Last decisions to take. After a very long day with a pleasant flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco the night was interrupted by short wake-ups due to time shift.

    As breakfast was not included in my hotel room I went around with a camera at my hand. The morning sun just came over the hills. Small signs explain the advantage of succulents during the increasing drought of the region, because so much water can be saved.

    Succulents © Julian Köpke

    As I move on, I am increasingly surrounded by students who have left for lectures. A lot of homeless people catch my eyes. One of them stands there with his pants half pulled down and shouts at everything and everyone with an aggressive tone of voice. He is near the globe with many layers of complex surfaces that I want to photograph. I’m glad I can disappear.

    Many layers on the globe in Berkeley at Shattuck Avenue © Julian Köpke

    An hour to sunset: we climb up the Berkeley Hills that show a splendid view on Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco downtown. Many young people drinking and smoking drugs up there.

    View on San Francisco downtown at sunset © Julian Köpke
    Sunset Golden Gate bridge © Julian Köpke