Mustard Canyon - Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley National Park had been on my bucket list for quite some time and I was lucky enough to finally visit it in December. It was quite different than I expected, in a positive way. I remember thinking that it was nothing but desert and sand dunes (maybe from watching the television show Death Valley Days as a child) but was quite surprised to find plenty of mountains and canyons. Beyond the well known spots that every photographer visits (Zabriskie Point, Mesquite Flat Dunes) there are a number of dirt roads that take you to different kinds of beauty. Near the old Harmony Borax Works, there is a road that takes you through Mustard Canyon. As you can see in this photo, the canyon gets its name from the mustard colored rocks that line the road. I liked this scene, as the Panamint Mountain Range provided a darker background to the mustard color.