Death Valley National Park
These photos depict (1) the Racetrack starting at the Northern end of the playa looking past the"grandstand," toward the South; (2) the wet playa from along-side the vehicle barrier ditch on the western edge at about midpoint; (3) the playa nearer the southern end where it was a shallow lake.
Views of the normally dry lake bed at the southwestern end of the playa covered by shallow fresh water, the playa was too muddy to walk on. Photos shown from West to East.
Views of the southeastern end of the playa from below the dolomite ridge. The tracks in the lake are very faintly apparent from a shoreline standing elevation.
Ripples and reflections of the sky and mountains were such that hardly a track could be seen except near the shore line.
It should be emphasized that one would certainly not walk out into the lake or leave a footprint or tire track on the playa in any way to satisfy one's curiosity. See previous galleries for that marring effect!
I resolved to come back the next day and climb the bluff with polarizing lenses on the cameras to photograph what I could through the surface of the lake to the tracks of the sliding rocks hidden in the shallow water.
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