As I recall, this picture was taken near Zabrinski Point in Death Valley National Park. I was struck by the dry river bed ahead and the total absence of plant material. "Death Valley is one of the hottest and driest places in North America due to its lack of surface water. On July 10, 1913, a record 134 °F (56.7 °C) was measured at the Weather Bureau's observation station at Furnace Creek Inn, the highest temperature ever recorded on that continent as of 2007. Daily summer temperatures of 120 °F (49 °C) or greater are common, as well as below freezing nightly temperatures in the winter. It also features the lowest point in North America at Badwater, which is 282 feet (86 m) below sea level." A scanned medium format negative.