Oasis In The Desert-Darwin Falls in Death Valley National Park

When people think of Death Valley, they think desert, lots and lots of hot, dry, unrelenting desert. While that is mostly true, there is an oasis in the desert, at the far Western edge of the park, and it's called Darwin Falls:

I captured this image on our trip to Death Valley back in October, 2011. We spent a few days there and saw a lot , but not a large percentage, of this huge National Park. To get to Darwin Falls we had to take a pretty rough road for a few bone-jarring miles to the trail head and then hike a ways in. We were the only ones there and it was a  perfect Fall day with temperatures around 80 degrees. I set up the camera and tripod in the marshy area just below the falls and played around with settings and composition until I got the water the way I wanted it. I didn't have a ND filter so I had to go with a pretty small aperture in order to get the shutter speed long enough to give the water some "flow".

Death Valley is an awesome place and I will be getting back there as soon as I can to explore more of its beauty. In the meantime, I have lots more images from the trip to work through and share with you.