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Death Valley may be the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America, but it’s not dead of life. The surrounding mountains are tall enough to be covered in winter snow; wildflowers spring from the barren earth when the valley receives scarce rainstorms; and small pools sheltered from the sun’s merciless rays sustain both small aquatic life and provide respites from this unforgiving environment.
Death Valley National Park is more than 3 million acres of the Mojave and Great Basin desert and, despite the valley’s reputation, there are many facilities for visitors, hikers and campers. Obviously, one must be prepared for the extreme conditions of the park, especially the plus 100-degree temperatures that are common from mid-April through mid-October.
It’s the stark beauty of Death Valley and challenge of hiking this terrain that attracts adventure seekers. Photographers are eager visitors too, as the desert light and the colors of the rock and sand create a unique outdoor studio. It’s the perfect setting for photographers to learn and practice the art of reducing the objects in an image to a minimal, but still create compositions that people will want to view repeatedly.