Death Valley

by Stephanie Khan

My one true place in California is Death Valley, which is part of the Mojave Desert. Many people connote Death Valley to a gloomy, lifeless desert, but it is in fact one of the most fascinating places in the world. There are various types of deserts. Some are hot, like the Sahara Desert, and some are cold, like Antarctica. Death Valley is both. In the winter it gets very cold and in the summer it gets very hot. It also varies in elevation. Due to such drastic climate variations, the plants and organisms that live here have to be able to survive the temperature extremes. Despite such harsh obstacles, Death Valley is the home to a large variety of life.

Death Valley inspires me because it reflects a great lesson about life. It appears to have a pretty basic geology but, in fact, it is very complex. Despite the harsh weather extremes, it is the home of many organisms, plants, and even native American tribes. So why would one life want to exist here? Because the beauty of Death Valley is its reward. Similar to life where people struggle with ordinary lives, try to make ends meet in an economy where unemployment is a common trend, and overcoming obstacles they never saw coming. Why are these people fighting to live? Because they see the beauty that their lives offer.

Death Valley has much to offer such as the variety of strong organisms, its unique geology, amazing sunsets, and best of all its lightening storms. You can find great entertainment in the lightning storms. During one of my visits, I was able to get very close to the lightening storms and it was absolutely breathtaking. It was then that I realized the beauty of life and why people/organisms strive to live; to enjoy what the world offers us. As I watched the lightning storm, I felt so inspired knowing that I am witnessing one of the strongest forces in the world and in one of the most challenging living conditions in the world. This was all due to Mother Nature and this very world that we perceive as so simple, yet is truly omnipotent and ready for us to open our arms to and enjoy.

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