carved earth: death valley

Death Valley, so aptly named, a desolate land with little signs of life; but I assure you, this desert is quite alive. The landscape here varies with such intensity that one can be standing below sea level in an ancient lake bed, and within an hour, be gazing out across that same barren plain from a mountain peak five thousand feet above. It is a wilderness where sand takes the shape of mountains, where the stars echo across the night sky; a place where creatures wonder in solitude. And should you find yourself here after the rains of the winter months, a bounty of life springs forth, painting the hillsides and isolated terrain with wildflowers, brimming purple and gold.

“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry