March 2005, Death Valley National Park, California
This scene may never exist again. I was fortunate enough to be in Death Valley for 10 days in early March 2005, before all of the news stories broke out about what was going on in the park. Once the news hit the airwaves, the throngs of tourists were suffocating. Jubilee Pass is at the southern most end of Death Valley. The southern part of the park had its peak bloom in early March, about two weeks before the tourists arrived en-masse. This was early enough to still have a considerable amount of snow covering the distant Panamint mountains. This is and will always be one of my favorite images. I shot it with a 6x17 panorama camera.