The Badwater Basin in the Death Valley was once the bottom of a huge lake that stretched for miles across the western part of what is now the Mojave desert in California. When the temperatures in the Death Valley raised to world record levels at the end of the last ice age, the lake quickly dried up leaving a huge depression, the lowest point in North America, covered by what is normally known as table salt. Washed by sudden flash floods during the year and constantly dried by the intense heat, salt will crystallize forming these beautiful shapes and lines that stretch like an ocean to the horizon. The view at sunset is simply breathtaking, the mild temperature in January makes shooting this scene a pleasantly amazing experience that I'm trying to convey in this image.
Special thanks to Elene for helping scouting the location to find the best possible composition.
White Ocean has tons of details in the salt formations and it’s best experienced when viewing a large print. Beautiful acrylic prints are available on FineArtAmerica.
White Ocean is the second piece of the "Ocean" series: