Devil's Golf Course in Sunlight with Panamint Range in Shadow, Death Valley, California
Late afternoon landscape photograph of the Devil’s Golf Course with the Panamint Range in the background. Shadowing the sinking sun, the mountains provide a somber countenance clashing with the Devil’s Golf Course which is lit by the late afternoon sunlight streaming into the valley. The Devil’s Golf Course was created at the end of the Pleistocene ice age, about 10,000 years ago, from the mineral deposits of the evaporation of Lake Manley which once covered the valley. The Devil’s Golf Course is a large salt pan consisting primarily of substantial halite crystals. In the western distance looms Wildrose Peak, with an elevation of 9,064 feet (2,763 meters). The peak is part of the Panamint Range which forms the western side of Death Valley.