April 22, 2014

Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

Photograph by Linda Cortelyou

Linda Cortelyou captured this scene of sunrise at Badwater Basin, the lowest point of elevation in the United States. "Getting up at four each morning during a visit to Death Valley National Park in California was a bit tiresome, but at the exact moment the sun hit this mountain range, I knew it was all worth it," she writes in the caption to this photo, submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "Standing in part of the Badwater Range, the image in my camera was exactly what I was seeing with my eyes. To have the camera capture the light I see is the main goal of my passion for photography."

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