I love the National Parks because there’s always so much to explore. I take that back, every bit of landscape in the United States has surprises around every corner. It’s amazing how you travel 10 minutes down the road and the landscape can change drastically. It’s like a never ending gift. Death Valley is no different — the more I visit, the more I find these nooks and crannies of amazing landscape.
Willie and I photographed a lot during our visit to Death Valley National Park in November 2016. We watched sunrise at the sand dunes, sunset at some amazing mud-cracks, witnessed epic storm clouds light up over the Badwater Salt Flats ... and on this particular night, David Thompson took us to a hidden little spot where we watched the sky light up again.
I liked this area because it reminded me of pie. A small playa of mud-cracks lay beneath a ring of badlands, circling around the playa as if it was the crust of a pie. Even the cracks of the mud reminded me of a pie as it’s being lifted up and starts falling apart. And the sky was just as tasty as you’d want out of a delicious desert — nice and juicy!
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/16, 1/5 sec, ISO 100