Once you get away from the places that have been trampled by the constant stream of tourists at Badwater, you begin to see the real nature of the salt flats. Get down on your belly and look close, and this is what you see: not salt crystals, but salt filaments, twisted up like fluffy piles of -- what? I'm not even sure what to compare it to. But it is uniquely beautiful. I shot this by the light of the setting sun, which had already disappeared behind the mountains, leaving only a thin blue highlight on the surface of the salt to contrast with the pale warm light on the distant clouds.