Death Valley is typically a wasteland. It is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, the driest region in North America, and one of the hottest places in the world. You’ll find a collection of photographs that document the typical landscape of Death Valley in my Death Valley 2004 photo gallery.

In the early spring of 2005, it witnessed an extremely rare deluge of nearly six and a half inches of rain. Park officials consider the quantity of rain a once-in-a-lifetime occurance. The rain flooded the basin of the valley, permitting kayaking in the park for the first time in history. Tens of millions of wildflowers covered the alluvial fans in a ephemeral display of vivid color.