Devils Golf Course, Death Valley, California

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Wide angle shot across the Devils Gold Course at the Death Valley National Park, California. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The drive from Las Vegas back to California crosses the Death Valley National Park. Exciting, but also (a little bit) scary because the warnings could not be overlooked: Death Valley is not an amusement park and it can be dangerous to leave the popular trails. The heat is immense during the day, and you can easily drink a full gallon of water during your stay in the park.

But then it is also an exciting spot, because it is so different to everything you have seen before. This photo shows the Devils Golf Course, a huge area of rock salt transformed by nature into countless jagged spires. And needless to say, this place has nothing to do with a golf course at all. The name derives from the saying that “only the devil could play golf on such rough links.”

The high resolution image

Capture Date22-SEP-2003
LocationDeath Valley National Park
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensFD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3853 x 2459 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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