Lakebed Near Baker, California


February 1992

The Mojave Desert of Southern California is full of flat areas called "playas" that were once lakes in the wetter days of the ice ages.

I camped near this one just after a major storm had passed through the area. On a pre-dawn stroll, I discovered that the normally-dry lakebed was covered in water about an inch deep. The rocks scattered across its surface seemed to float in the reflection of the sky.

This photograph was published on the front cover of the music CD The Angel Has Landed by the San Francisco band vaportrail in July 2001.

Scanned by Rick Scott using a Nikon Coolscan 35mm film scanner and Adobe Photoshop

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Revised: June 23, 2004
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