Death Valley Photography | Extreme Desert Landscapes

Badwater Basin | Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes | Artist's Palette | Photographic Prints for Sale

This is a collection of fine art desert landscape photography by Max Foster showcasing the extreme beauty of Death Valley National Park. Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern Mojave Desert, bordering the Great Basin Desert. It is one of the hottest places on Earth. Death Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. Death Valley has a subtropical, hot desert climate, with long, extremely hot summers; short, mild winters; and little rainfall. The valley is extremely dry because it lies in the rain shadow of four major mountain ranges (including the Sierra Nevada and Panamint Range). Moisture moving inland from the Pacific Ocean must pass eastward over the mountains to reach Death Valley; as air masses are forced upward by each range, they cool and moisture condenses, to fall as rain or snow on the western slopes. When the air masses reach Death Valley, most of the moisture has already been lost and there is little left to fall as precipitation.

A Note from the Artist: Desolate, expansive, harsh. These words accurately describe one of my favorite places in the USA, Death Valley National Park. At over 3,000 square miles, Death Valley is the largest National Park outside of Alaska, and truly makes the visitor feel small. Its sheer size makes it impossible to see everything in one visit and requires you to get off the beaten path to full appreciate its beauty and hidden gems. Enormous sand dunes, canyons slicing through mountainsides and salt flats as far as the eye can see are all within a few hours drive from one another. On the other hand, delicate flowers, fragile salt crystals and the Salt Creek pupfish show a smaller, more subtle side to Death Valley. A place of extremes, Death Valley is guaranteed to impress and leave you in awe. - Max Foster