Year of 2017

Reach Towards the Heavens
Joshua trees in Death Valley, California

This moody, cosmic image of Joshua trees in Death Valley was created with a little light painting. As twilight made the sky dark enough to see the Milky Way, artificial light exposed the detail and texture of the trees in the foreground. Despite the name, Death Valley’s ecosystem is vibrant and alive, with hundreds of animal species and numerous drought- and heat-resistant plants thriving in the arid landscape.

Death Valley National Park is a national park in the United States. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, located east of the Sierra Nevada, it occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains. It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 91% of the park is a designated wilderness area. It is the hottest, driest and lowest of the national parks in the United States. The second-lowest point in the Western Hemisphere is in Badwater Basin, which is 282 feet below sea level. The park is home to many species of plants and animals that have adapted to this harsh desert environment. Some examples include creosote bush, bighorn sheep, coyote, and the Death Valley pupfish, a survivor from much wetter times.
Address: PO Box 579, Death Valley, CA 92328
Phone: (760) 786-3200
Established: Oct 31, 1994
Area: 5,219 sq miles (13,518 km²)
Annual visitors: 1.30 million (2016)
Travel tip: Death Valley offers much to do in the winter season. @tripadvisor