Death Valley has a complex geologic history. In the Tertiary Period (65.5 - 2 million years ago.) a chain of volcanoes from Furnace Creek to Shoshone, buried the ancient rocks of the Black Mountains. The mineral deposits from the volcanic activity created the beautiful colors we see now in the Artist's Palette area.
Fast forward all these years and wander around this area the you'll be transported back in time when the lands around you reveal their past secrets. I loved hiking around these structures (they're huge) and feeling the ancient spirit of the landscape. I was mesmerized by the fluidity, color and texture. I was inspired to capture it photographically and I was honored to be present in its spectacular timeline.