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Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles- California

As I mentioned in my previous post, I met up with some fellow photographer friends from The Arcanum in the southern California desert.  This post is about a very interesting place that we camped at before going into Death Valley. The first thing I noticed when rolling into Trona was a huge mountain of white stuff next to some industrial buildings. I thought maybe it was salt, but after googling about it I believe it is borax. That’s alot of soap. After all of that excitement, I drove on through the little town which looked like it had seen better times for sure. A little outside of town I turned down a dirt road and drove a few miles out into the desert toward these really cool looking Pinnacles.

Desert wildflowers in front of Trona Pinnacles

I was there before my friends because they had a flat tire on the way. I found us a good spot to camp and used the time to roam around taking some images of the wildflowers and the Pinnacles.

Yellow desert wildflowers

Eventually Beau and Vinod arrived and after exchanging stories for a while we set up for some sunset pictures. There was a slight breeze that kept blowing the flowers around and made it difficult to capture them because I was also trying to capture the sunset and was using a slow exposure. Finally I compromised and cranked up the iso to 4000 so I could get my shutter speed a little faster.

Sunset Trona Pinnacles

I love shooting into the sun and creating the sunburst rays.

Sunrays at sunset in the desert

After dinner, I wandered around some more and did some long exposure shots of the pinnacles by moonlight under the stars.  I like those shots the best out of what I got there.  In this next image I framed some of the pinnacles in the distance with the two in the foregound. The moon was very bright, so I hid it behind one of the pinnacles.

moonlight trona pinnacles

Here’s a video shot shortly after sunrise with my quadcopter.

The next day we were off to Death Valley and the “racetrack”. I will have a post about that day soon.

To see my full gallery on Trona Pinnacles click here.

Have you ever been to the Trona Pinnacles?

Evan Jones

I am a landscape and travel photographer who is drawn to old and rusty stuff as well as beautiful landscapes. I like to explore the backroads of the Northwest United States and anywhere else I can get to. My blog is at

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