So I’m thinking about getting one of those little mirrorless cameras with the interchangeable lenses like a Sony NEX7 or a Fuji X20. One of those would be perfect for a day like the day I made the photos in this post.
I was already feeling sluggish and had a headache coming on and it was super hot — 90 degrees in March! I remember that I went out for the very short walk at Badwater Basin with only one lens and I didn’t even bring my tripod. My camera felt like it weighed a ton!
I’m surprised these images turned out as good as they did actually!
Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park got its name from a surveyor who was mapping the area and could not get his mule to drink from the small pool of water. He said it must be bad water and the name stuck.
I have seen images from this location where the salt flats were exceptionally white. I did a little research on this and discovered that it changes every year and some years it looks muddier than others. I guess this was a muddy year because the tops of the salt formations were not white at all.
Death Valley was not created by erosion but by earthquakes. Movements in the earth’s crust dropped the valley’s lowest point, Badwater Basin, to 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.
Unlike Devils Golf Course, not too far away, Badwater Basin floods occasionally but never enough for the water to overflow and seek out the sea (that would be an awful lot of water). The water just flattens out the basin and evaporates leaving the salts behind.
Because of the popularity of this section of the park, there is a strip of salt that has been pounded down by years of people treading on the surface to create what resembles ice.
There was only a very small pool of water and no, I didn’t drink it!
I think having one of those light mirrorless camera might be just the ticket on days like this or when I want to go on a longer hike without having to carry all my equipment.
So I’m curious, have you ever tried one? What do you think about the quality compared to a DSLR?