When the Going Gets Hot…
Death Valley. Few place-names have such an ominous ring to them. But in some ways, this slice of the Mojave Desert gets a bum rap. Yes, it’s hot as fire and generally inhospitable. But it’s also a geological wonder and incredibly picturesque.
“There’s a beauty to the desert that a lot of people never get to see because they think that it will be a hell of an ordeal out there,” said Peter. “That’s why it feels good to go out into the desert and do whatever it takes to bring back the shots that give them the Death Valley experience.”
And it’s quite an experience. If you look at a shot like “Dark Side of the Moon,” with its amazing geometric shapes on the salt flats, the sinking moon and purple hues, you quickly realize that you won’t get a visual like that anywhere else.
“I first photographed Death Valley back in 1984 when I came to America for the first time,” Peter continued. “Since then I’ve probably been back about twenty times and it never gets old. I just love exploring the place! When I’m out there, I feel very close to Mother Nature.”
At over 3 million acres, Death Valley National Park is the sixth-largest national park in the United States. Relatively few people, however, realize its diversity. As well as having the hottest, driest and lowest locations in America, its natural features range from streaming sand dunes to snow-capped mountains.
“Every time you go there you discover something new,” said Peter. “The rock formations and their colors, the way the light can completely change the look of a scene… I never ceased to be amazed. And it’s places like Death Valley that made it an easy decision for me to settle in Las Vegas. I just love the rugged beauty of the Southwest.”
See Peter’s latest trip to Death Valley in “From the Edge with Peter Lik” on The Weather Channel this Thursday night, 8/7c.
In Thursday’s blog, Peter gives some tips for shooting in an extreme environment like Death Valley. Then on Friday, in “Riding Shotgun,” Peter’s assistant, Mark Thurman, talks about the Death Valley shoot and what the trip was like.