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Decided to leave my Colorado Plateau comfort zone a while back for another desert experience. I'd always wanted to visit the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley to witness one of nature's strangest phenomena. A storm passing through the region convinced me to head out there, and I wasn't disappointed. Had the playa to myself that afternoon and morning, and the crepuscular rays from the setting sun on that evening were a special blessing. Yeah, an empty desert with a touch of magic.....not too far out of my comfort zone after all!

Photographer: John Mumaw