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People Pass Me By
Clash Of The Titans
Game of balance at Varanasighat.
Two sides of the same path.
Naan-e-Tanuri
Oil well at twilight, Middle of nowhere, Oklahoma
Full Moon and Sea Smoke over Lake Superior
Morning Raindrops on a dandelion
Sunrise from Flower Gap
Autumn at Spruce Flats Falls
Lone Survivor
Moonset over Badwater Basin
Manhattan Dream
Illumination
Yusef
Saharan Sunrise
Sahara Untouched
Flower Boat Reflection
Beers and...Berries?
After-market
Waterfall
In Lake Roosevelt, WA
A portrait of a woman near the Great Saltair, Utah
13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Moonset over Badwater Basin

Finding the perfect salt formation in Death Valley's namesake basin is no easy task! I hauled myself across the salt flats for hours and hours the previous afternoon, looking for the single salt polygon that would serve as my subject. I found this well-formed example after miles of hot, sweaty, futile searching across the wasteland, and marked the GPS, hoping for some color the following morning. I wasn't disappointed, as the moon was setting as the sun was rising, creating awesome colors in the sky!

TAGS: California, Death Valley National Park, Desert, Salt, United States

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Peachtree Corners, Georgia, United States of America
Member since 2015
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Photo of the Day: 07.26.15 Editors' Pick
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© Phil Varney.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 03.2015
Total Views: 2136
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: July 23, 2015, 8:23 a.m.
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Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D
Focal Length: 16mm
Shutter Speed: 1/0
Aperture: f11
ISO: ISO800
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PHOTO LOCATION Furnace Creek, California, United States of America