March 2005, Death Valley National Park, California
The historic Death Valley bloom in the spring of 2005 created this scene of explosive color. It’s hard to imagine that such a proliferation of life could be found in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. This particular field only peaked for about a two-week period, but what an unforgettable two weeks it was. The purple phacelias are to be respected, as a mere brush against your skin can result in a very nasty rash. Thankfully, I was warned ahead of time. The dominant yellow flower is desert gold.