The mere mention of Death Valley invokes stereotypical visions of a harsh, arid, desolate, inhospitable desert. However, when I spent a few days there last month, I found beauty abound in its curvy dunes, symmetry in its baked earth and in its salt flats. Nowhere is this beauty more stark than around the badlands of Zabriskie. Euphemistic as it may sound, beauty and rugged can be used in conjunction to describe these badlands. When the sun rose above the Black Mountains on the east, it painted the rugged ridges of Zabriskie Point into alternate bands of light and dark areas. I composed the image with a tighter crop and converted it into B&W to accentuate the contrasts of the badlands.