December 2010, Death Valley National Park, California
This area of Death Valley is known as The Devil's Golf Course. I don't like giving the devil credit for anything because I hate him more than he hates me. However, throughout Death Valley you will see the devil's name assigned to various points of interest. I suppose it's appropriate given the inhospitable environment of the hottest place on earth (134 degrees, Sept 1922). Death Valley reminds people of hell, and that is where the devil will spend all of eternity. I won't be sending sympathy flowers.
But I digress..... As for this image, the unusual formations are salt crystals. They were formed when Lake Manley, which once covered the valley floor, disappeared countless years ago. Those salt formations are razor sharp, and you need to exercise extreme caution when walking out amongst them. I placed the golf ball in the foreground to help lend a sense of scale. What an amazing park this is,
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