Desert. That’s what the majority portion of Southern California is. There’s the hight desert where Palm SpringsJoshua Tree, and Twenty-Nine Palms are, and there isThe low desert where Death Valley is, deep in the Mojave. The largest national park outside of Alaska, Death Valley is an almost unfathomable place. The park’s 3.3 million acres /1.34 million hectares encompass mountain-size sand dunes, below-sea-level salt flats, mysterious singing rocks, and colorful sandstone canyons. Extremes are the norm: Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in America, with summer temperatures peaking above 120 F°/49°C, and average rainfall of 2 inches/5 cm per year. Also extreme are the park’s elevations: Badwater Basin, the park’s lowest spot, rests at 282 feet/86 metres below sea level, the lowest point below sea level in the continental United States, while Telescope Peak soars to 11,049 feet/3,368 metres.

This is the view of Badwater Basin from Dante’s View

Dante's View

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As you drive through the park to get to Badwater Basin, you come upon Zabriskie Point, which is a part of Amargosa Range located east of Death Valley in Death Valley National Park in California, United States noted for its erosional landscape. It is composed of sediments from Furnace Creek Lake, which dried up 5 million years ago—long before Death Valley came into existence.

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There is an other-worldly place in Badwater Basin aptly called the Devils Golf Course. This is a large salt pan on the floor of Death Valley.

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Being originally form New York, I really don’t know much about deserts. “If you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all”, I would sneer on my way to my umbrella drink in Palm Springs.

Joshua Tree is as different from Death Valley as two siblings can be.

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If you’ve followed my blog you know I’m into the Spirit of what I photograph. The desert is one of the most spirit-ual places I’ve ever been. You can feel the stillness and simple go within and get quiet.

I call this photo “Stillness Speaks”.

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“And I want to sleep with you in the desert tonight, with a million stars all around…”

Yeah, the desert is the place to come home to yourself, your Self.

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Til next time…

Peace