|Ubehebe - an almost full view|
|A small salt flat on the slope of Ubehebe|
I just love to see the colorful rocks and the light-shadow patterns of the cracked landscape.
|A dry wash jarring the arid valley floor.|
|A close-up of the crater wall.|
|A brave desert survivor.|
The dark soil was dotted with small, leathery leaf rosettes.The reddish-pink color is that of carotenoids and flavanoids that protect the plants from excess radiation. Naturally, desert plants would have more of these pigments. Enough to override the chlorophyll's green.
These leaves are also pretty hairy. The white hair cover serves to reflect back excess sunlight and also to limit transpiration and conserve the plant's precious water.
|Velvet turtleback (|
|Bigelow's monkeyflower (Mimulus bigelovi)|
|One of Ubehebe's neighbors|
If, no. When you go there - make sure to bring lots of water and sun protection. I will also add that although our visit was in mid-October, it was still (not very surprising) very hot. The best time to visit Death Valley is in late February - early March, when the temperatures are more welcoming and, if it is a rainy year, the desert will be carpeted with wildflowers.
So don't forget your camera!