Emergence: Images from Death Valley by Marcus Reinkensmeyer
Created by Marcus Reinkensmeyer
For most people, the mere mention of Death Valley conjures a strong sense of desolation, intrigue and imminent danger. Death Valley is undeniably a land of true extremes: record temperatures of 134 degrees, yearly rainfall of 1.9 inches, and elevations ranging from below sea level to 11,049-foot Telescope Peak.
Beyond a rich history and bountiful folklore, international visitors are drawn to witness the truly unique geology of this remote Southwestern land situated on the Eastern California border: a rugged terrain revealing countless layers of geology shaped by extensive volcanic activity, massive faulting of the Earth’s crust and erosion on a grand scale.
As an aspiring landscape photographer, I am particularly captivated by Death Valley’s vast sand dunes – an icon of the American Southwest. “Emergence: Images from Death Valley” is a collection of Death Valley photographs celebrating the splendor of this stark yet enchanting land. Traversing the dunes elicits a sense of wonderment, gazing upon sand formations continuously sculpted by the forces of nature. This series explores the intricate patterns of nature, particularly the transient visuals which silently emerge at dawn only to swiftly vanish under full daylight.
My sincere thanks go to the park rangers and environmentalists who work so hard to preserve the natural state of Death Valley and our treasured lands.
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Transient Desert Floor
Wall Of Sand
Waves Of Sand
Emerging From The Shadows
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