Devil's Cornfield

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Joaquin Baldwin

Death Valley may sound inhospitable and lifeless, yet it is anything but. The Devil’s Cornfield is a harsh area of dry mud and salts, desolate but still teeming with very adapted forms of life. The ground is partly crystallized, so walking on it makes a loud crunching sound as the top layer cracks. I was taken by the beauty of the new sprouts of pickleweed (Allenrolfea occidentalis) coming out of this dry salt, the green was vibrant, and the translucent plants seemed to breach hopefully upwards through the crust.

Location: Death Valley National Park, NV, USA


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