Latin name: Atrichoseris platyphylla Family: Asteraceae Color: Purple-tinged white, sometimes with small spots. Looks like a daisy.
A Gravel Ghost is a wildflower that grows in the Mojave Desert and Death Valley National Park, and sometimes in Arizona and Utah.
Gravel Ghosts like living in gravelly washes and ravines where their delicate, white blossoms hover above the ground in a ghostly haze. They have a fragrance that’s a mixture of vanilla and jasmine and will bloom in spring if there has been enough rain during the fall and winter in the desert.
This blog is called The Gravel Ghost. It’s a photo blog, but sometimes there are stories that go along with the photos. It’s called The Gravel Ghost because I love the desert and in particular, Death Valley, California. It’s been my muse since the age of six, but the desert is not all that I photograph. My goal is to have viewers experience what I feel when I take a photograph of people, places and things. I mainly love black and white for photography because it’s simple, straight-forward and not distracting. It gets my point across. But there are times when color is called for. Just because.
I don’t talk shop on my blog because it’s about the image, not how I got there. So I don’t post my camera settings, discuss what equipment I use or analyze post-processing. To me that is a distraction from the image, and the image is sacred.
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