Badwater Flats, Death Valley, CA by danapommet ()
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This posting ends Day 1 in Death Valley, California. I am near the lowest spot in the United States – Badwater Flats. Elevation minus 282 feet. That translates into 282 feet (85.5 meters) below sea level. The spring feed puddle behind me is the only open water in Death Valley. It is brackish water – high salt content and undrinkable, thus the name "Badwater". The white ring around the puddle is dried salt. There are tiny organisms in that puddle that can handle the salt and the heat, such as Pickleweed, tiny aquatic insects and the Badwater snails. Speaking of heat, please note how I am dressed in the hottest, driest and lowest point in the US. The shirt is flannel and I’ve hiked almost 10 miles. As I drove in that morning, there was snow on the “Welcome to Death Valley” sign. Go figure.
I’m going to give you a break from Death Valley for a couple of weeks but I would like to came back to it later on.
Photo taken in 1996 and some info came from Wikipedia.
Thanks for stopping by, taking a look and for all your previous comments & favs.
Image Comments (25)
MrsLubner () 10:30PM | Sun, 05 July 2009
Wonderful shot! I have never stopped when I've crossed part of Death Valley. Always zoomed through looking for the other side, but then, I usually end up going through in summer. :-)
SerenityBlue () 10:40PM | Sun, 05 July 2009
Fascinating! Snow? OH boy!! I love the desert, but in spring or autumn when cooler weather.
Katraz () 1:27AM | Mon, 06 July 2009
Fascinating shot and some very interesting information, would love to go there , maybe one day.
Meisiekind () 3:57AM | Mon, 06 July 2009
Fascinating narrative and a lovely image of you! Thanks for sharing this Dana! :)
ShadowsNTime () 5:30AM | Mon, 06 July 2009
Love the 'Badwater' title! Its a good thing they posted that I am sure! Wonderful capture and info! Thanks for sharing, and I did wonder why you were wearing flannel, lol! Thank you so much for your comments and support in my absence, I am very honored!
MrsRatbag () 8:57AM | Mon, 06 July 2009
Hard to imagine sea level being so far above your elevation...great shot!
beachzz () 9:58AM | Mon, 06 July 2009
This really shows how huge and desolate Death Valley is--great shot, and nice to see you as well!!
orig_buggy () 2:54PM | Mon, 06 July 2009
Fasinating story!! I love your Death Valley pics!!! I need more! LOL
Richardphotos () Online Now! 10:12PM | Tue, 07 July 2009
I really want to return there again. your shot shows me what I missed.
bmac62 () 2:24AM | Wed, 08 July 2009
Thanks Dana for this posting. I haven't been to Death valley for years but my first assignment in the Army was Fort Irwin, CA...southwest of Death Valley in the Mohave high desert. That was an interesting two years for a young guy from New York.
tennesseecowgirl () 7:00AM | Wed, 08 July 2009
Great to see this area again, and fascinating place and info you provided. And I would love to see more. Have a great day my friend~
CavalierLady () 4:21PM | Wed, 08 July 2009
That is VERY COOL, Dana! Have never seen this vantage point before. Really neat shot. Reminds me of the salt flats not far from Guadalupe Peak in SW Texas.
Str4wB34ry () 1:35AM | Fri, 10 July 2009
It's been interesting reading/viewing about Death Valley, thank you. This is a lovely picture of yourself with awesome surroundings.