Water runoff at sunrise in the Cottonball Basin, Death Valley National Park

Behind the scenes of this photo


Taken in the Cottonball Basin of Death Valley National Park on February 21st, 2013

In February 2013 I had the great fortune to be caught in a rainstorm in Death Valley, a pretty unique occurrence in the park. The mountains surrounding the valley were swathed in great blankets of precipitation and at one point there was snow capping the hills in every direction. Amazingly, almost none of the falling water hit the valley floor due to the park’s mind-boggling rate of evaporation, and though the higher elevations were inundated, I felt a mere sprinkle or two where I was below sea-level. However, all the rain that fell in the mountains has to drain somewhere and since the basin is the lowest place around, that’s where it heads. So a full 24+ hours after the storm passed by, these little tendrils of water began to seep out of the hills and across the salt flats of Cottonball Basin.

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