On my last morning in Death Valley I decided to walk out onto the badwater basin. It’s the lowest land point in the U.S. I arrived there when still dark and just started walking out onto the crusty salt deposits. I can imagine it gets suffocatingly hot out there in the summer, but this day in Feb. it was just perfect. For an hour I only saw one other person, another photographer, of course. Who else would be out there, just hanging out, watching the dawn emerge. It’s quite incredible, though, with the hexagonal salt patterns and the shear immensity of the valley floor rising into incredible mountain ranges on both sides, the suns creeping slowly up. Still, quiet, grandeur.
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