Death Valley is home to the lowest point in the United States: the Badwater Basin. Winter storms rain on the basin, leaving a small lake, which then dries up, leaving behind salt flats. Fed from the water, crystalline shapes grow all over the basin.
I’d visited Badwater Basin before and tried to photograph the awesome shapes but I visited during cloudless days. On return trips the winter had been so dry that the salt creations had nearly disappeared. Fed by a wet winter this particular visit was different.
Willie and I woke up early and looked in the sky: clouds to the south! That meant we’d finally get our chance at photos of Badwater with clouds! We walked out to the salt flats and found a stunning scene of crazy formations all around us. And sure enough, when the sun started to rise, the clouds turned an amazing orange to wake us up!