Alvord Desert Passing Storm

A summer storm passes over the expansive white plain of the Alvord Desert.


The story

"The Alvord Desert, a playa lake, sits tucked in the rainshadow of the Steens Mountain in Southeast Oregon. A playa lake is formed when rainwater fills shallow depressions in the landscape, leaving behind salt minerals as it evaporates. In the Alvord Desert, this creates a stunning white plain, stretching beneath expansive blue skies to the distant mountains. 

This is a favorite location for stargazers, campers who love remote areas, and, occasionally, folks trying to set world land speed records."


Image details

Location: Alvord Desert, Southeast Oregon, USA
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX
Exposure: 1/250 of a second at F18
SKU: AlvordDesertPassingStorm Category: Tag:
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