Matt Purciel Photography
death valley mud cracks

death valley mud cracks

The Death Valley mud cracks was one of the most fascinating and coolest subject I’ve ever photographed in Death Valley National Park. This year the mud cracks were very popular with photographers as everyone was trying to figure out how to find these intriguing mud cracks in Death Valley. Death Valley is the largest national park south of Alaska so finding something like this takes some research, collaboration and scouting. Upon doing some research, in October 2015, a massive thunderstorm flooding a couple areas of park. The downpour eroded massive amount of lose rock and dirt creating extensive mudflows. One of these caused the destruction of Scotty’s Castle. With gravity the mud flowed down the alluvial fans into the valley floor below. With a little time and with some desert heat the mud layer hardened and eventually the mud cracked into amazing geometric patterns and shapes. The most challenging thing about photographing the mud cracks was looking for a composition. It was getting late as I was photographing into blue hour and I found this desert holly bush that would contrast with the barren mud cracks. Death Valley is such an amazing landscape.