Matt Purciel Photography
Death Valley Sunsets

Death Valley Sunsets

That particular Death Valley sunset was one of the most amazing light shows I’ve witnessed in a as the sky blew up in an amazing array of color. I headed to the Badwater Basin looking for water. Finding water is rare since Death Valley, is the lowest, driest, and hottest spots in North America. Death Valley amazingly averages over a little of an inch a year. Death Valley National Park is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada range and the Mojave Desert which makes for some great weather patterns and sunsets. At Badwater Basin, significant rainstorms periodically flood the valley bottom, covering the salt pan with a thin sheet of water. Newly formed lakes do not last long though, so if you can catch a storm, you're more that lucky. That afternoon as I was waiting for sunset, I spotted a pool. I was excited to use the water for my composition. Soon enough as the sun set behind the Pamamint Range as the clouds lite up with color. I love photographing Death Valley sunsets.