i was taking this picture of danielle with the city in the background and people were making fun of us because danielle was also taking a picture and somehow they just thought it was really funny that i was taking a picture of a person taking a picture but personally i think this picture turned out really cool
The California Desert is certainly full of surprises. I took this photo on BLM lands in the Silurian Valley in the very dry floodplain of Salt Creek. Seeing that this is a major drought year, I was completely surprised to see anything blooming anywhere, let alone in one of the driest parts of the desert, not far from Death Valley. There was a flash flood here last summer and that must have added enough moisture to allow the flowers to sprout.
This is a beautiful valley that drains north into the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River. The lower part of Salt Creek (about 10 miles north of here) is perennial and provides great wildlife habitat (especially birds) so is an Area of Critical of Environmental Concern (ACEC). Once you get away from the highway, the area looks much the way it did when the Old Spanish Trail was the main thoroughfare through the area.