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Taken at Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park , November 17th, 2015

On my way home from a desert climbing trip I stopped in Death Valley National Park. I explored a remote section of the Zabriskie area badlands and found some bizarre things, including giant rocks balanced on pillars of alluvial cement, locked and gated mines from a hundred years ago, and a gigantic feature I’m calling the White Cathedral. As my explorations wound on into the afternoon more and more wispy clouds began to fill the sky. I drove to Badwater Basin and hiked out onto the playa, where shallow, residual pools of water still lay as fading evidence of October, 2015’s cataclysmic flooding. As the sun set behind the Panamint Mountains it caught the high clouds and turned them a vibrant pink which reflected vividly in the pools of water I was standing in.

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