Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Sky And Desert

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” 
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

In anticipation of a perfect sunrise after a very stormy day, I decided to spend the night in my car close to the spot I wanted to photograph, near the open valley in the middle of the desert. I could hardly imagine that the stormy day was simply a rehearsal for the epic storm that was beginning to roll in from the Sierra mountains. I woke up in the middle of the night, my van shaking so violently that I thought it will for sure roll over. The wind had strength and power unlike anything I had ever experienced: its fine dust and pebbles made spectacular sparks as they crashed fiercely against my windshield.

The storm didn’t quiet until the dawn. After a sleepless night, I turned on the ignition and took off for the sunrise. A half an hour later, the sky began to clear out and produced this unbelievably dramatic view of the low clouds enveloping the mountain range below.