Badlands Formations and Mountains from Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, California
Landscape photograph looking south at the badland formations that surround Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. Although Death Valley is a part of the arid Mojave Desert, it speaks of water and deposits formed by water action. These badlands, consisting of desiccated saline muds and volcanic ash, were formed over several millions of years when the area was covered by ancient lakes. Clouds, forming a counterpoint to the direction of the land through the frame emphasize the correspondence to water in this desperately dry land. In the background of the image are the ominously named Funeral Mountains to the left and Black Mountain Range to the right.