Dream Date #1, Death Valley
Tim Baskerville ©2001
"I dream of rain.
I dream of gardens in the desert sand. I wake in pain.
I dream of love as time runs through my hand.
"Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise. This desert flower,
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this sweet desert rose.
This memory of Eden haunts us all.
This desert flower, this rare perfume is the sweet
intoxication of the fall."
by Sting and Chab Mamey
Death Valley, at more than 3 million acres, is the
largest National Park in the contiguous United States. From
Telescope Peak (11,049 foot) on the west to Dante's View on
the east (5,475 foot and offering a vista of nearly all of
Death Valley), the park features spectacular desert scenery,
unusual wildlife, and is an area of great geological, historical,
and cultural interest to many. Badwater is the lowest point
in the Western Hemisphere (282 feet below sea level). The
average high temperature during the day in November is a very
mild 77 degrees, followed by cooler nights at around 50 degrees!
This is the dramatic landscape we will find ourselves visiting
this November, during the waxing Full "Frost Moon"
- to photograph the nocturnal beauty of Death Valley! We will
photograph around Furnace Creek Ranch, and such sites as the
Bad Water, Zabriskie Point under the light of the full moon,
and the majestic Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, near the
north end of the Park.
Tuition & Schedule
Tuition is $800 - with pre-registration no later than
October 15, 2012.
The daily schedule for this three-day/night Workshop, which
reviewed in the LA Times, runs from 2pm to 11pm - and
includes PowerPoint lectures, discussions of technical considerations,
and critiques of work done during the Workshop - before we
go out to photograph each night.
Participants are responsible for their own lodging and meals
- though we have arranged for group accommodations at the
Furnace Creek Ranch, an oasis in the heart of Death Valley
- call (760) 786-2345 to make individual reservations - be
sure to mention The Nocturnes Photographic Group for the discounted
rate (ask for Reservations and Booking # 497450). Camping
is available at Furnace Creek also, but you need to reserve
To register for this workshop use this Registration
Form - which you can print out, and send or FAX in
with your deposit to Pacific Media Arts.
Additional Information about Death
We hope you can join us!