Death Valley Springs Sunrise

Taken in Death Valley National Park on February 20th, 2013

Water isn’t hard to find in Death Valley if you know where to look. There is a little-known spring near Furnace Creek where water forms myriad rivulets and channels through the salt pan. The water is only a few centimeters deep and flows at a snail’s pace, making it serenely still and marvelously reflective. Quite a lovely thing when you have a sky as wonderfully textured as this one. On this particular morning I felt surrounded by water, for as I photographed these watery mirrors below me a huge rainstorm was soaking the mountains above me, and a few minutes after I took this shot the pitter patter of little raindrops reached the valley floor, disturbing the reflections and forcing me to cover up my camera.

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