As I mentioned in a previous post, Reminiscing with John Muir, our trip to California during the winter meant we could visit several cool places without hoards of people, traffic, or heat. After visiting Yosemite National Park, we made our way back to southeastern California and made a long detour to Death Valley National Park. During our winter visit, a 30-second sprinkling of rain could be felt at the park’s borders and temperatures were in the 50s. It seems that photography of this sort of terrain doesn’t necessarily require a blazing summer Sun to still look desolate.
This stone spectacle greeted us along our way to Badwater Basin. It seems to be a popular photography subject, but I can’t seem to find out what sort of rock it is composed of (gabbro? basalt?). It’s often called ‘Alien Rock’ or ‘Rock Monster.’
The lowest point in the United States is here at Badwater Basin at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. Despite the morbid name, life survives here. Small macroinvertebrates could be seen in the briny ponds and salt-tolerant Pickleweed (Allenrolfea occidentalis) inhabited the surrounding area
Anywho, after Death Valley, we began traveling East-ish towards other natural wonders…Zion NP and Bryce Canyon NP coming up later…