The series continues. I keep finding amazing raw files on the hard drive to bring into Photoshop for final processing. For the four days of my time in Death Valley, I was, indeed, blessed with amazing light. After photographing the moonset and sunrise at Zabriski Point, I turned my attention to the Badlands, which are just to the left of the location of yesterday's photo.
I am always attracted by texture and pattern in nature, and this is what really drew me initially to this scene. I also love the transition of the various warm tones throughout the image. Then, I noticed how the rising sun sent shafts of light which played across the textured surfaces of the rock.
A friend of mine said that she once went on a ranger-led bus tour through Death Valley - the main thing she remembers from this experience was the guide telling his group "something very bad must have happened here eons ago". In the instance of the Badlands, I think it must have taken eons and eons of small amounts of rain to get this erosion.
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