10 days of El Niño in Death Valley

Photographing the flooded Badwater Basin: Death Valley National Park

I have returned from my trip to Death Valley.  It was quite the trip.  I did get a decent amount of shooting in, but the weather was the real story.  I had the pleasure of visiting one of the driest places in the USA during an abnormally rainy winter known as El Niño. The valley usually receives just over 2 inches of rain each year. They received about 1.5 inches prior to my visit, which caused some flooding. During my visit, I experienced 3 more days of rain, two of which were significant. I learned a lot during this trip, and plan on sharing my experience day by day with blog posts over the course of the next 10 days.

2 Responses to “10 days of El Niño in Death Valley”

  1. David Patterson Says:

    Ben… glad to hear you made it out alive!

    I can’t wait to see your images from the trip… I just arrived in Death Valley this evening, and am writing this from the Furnace Creek Inn. The park is still feeling the effects of the rains, and there was considerable water on the salt flats this evening when we were out there. We did get some nice clouds and a unique experience tonight, and we are looking forward to the next few days exploring what we can of the park.

  2. Ben Horne Says:

    You should have some excellent conditions there in the coming days when things dry out a bit more. I had one more shot planned at the Mesquite dunes, but I didn’t think they would dry out by Thursday afternoon, which would be my last opportunity to shoot. Have a blast on your trip! I look forward to seeing your recap.

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