Today’s post features 5 images from somewhere between Furnace Creek and Salt Creek basin. Furnace Creek basin is just to the south and to the north is Salt Creek proper. A little further south sits the Mequite sand dunes. Salt creek is a year round surface level salt water creek and home to the endangered Death Valley Pupfish. The basin we photographed is a result of flooding and evaporation; this story is starting to repeat in my posts. Furnace Creek Basin is fed by springs of the Amargosa Range, giving rise to a natural oasis. An oasis is a body of spring water found in a desert region. Oases, if large enough, would support plant, animal and human life. The Furnace Creek oasis no longer exists in any meaningful form, most of the water being diverted for use by the the tourists and year round residents.
With that being said, there is still surface water and you can see some amazing sky’s and reflections in this water. Given the effects of a wide-angle lens used in these images, the water area appears much larger than it does to the naked eye. There isn’t much water and what there is is merely an inch deep. In the second image, which is void of water, you see what we called “lily pads,” or salt formations in the basin.
My next, and possibly last post on Death Valley, will feature images from the Alabama Hills area. This area is actually not in Death Valley, but located near Death Valley just outside the town of Lone Pine, CA in the foothills of the Sierras.