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harryshin
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:50 am 
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Hi:
1. I've been to DV several times, but I've never been able to figure out / find where those large mud cracks are. When I've asked specific photographers on Instagram all I've gotten were vague suggestions such as... referring to Google Earth (really helpful) or that it's a "secret".

2. I'm not a pro, I'm not going to cut into someone's business ; I just want to enjoy the beauty of the place.

Any tips appreciated in advance. Thanks. Harry
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TacoLand
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:24 am 
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I've seen a lot of mud, and I've seen a lot of cracks, but not sure that I've seen your "mud cracks." Do you have a reference photo or link by any chance?
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harryshin
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:37 am 
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1. Thanks for the quick reply.

2. Here's a link for a sample image:

http://www.death-valley.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=71092#71092

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/35606653277869025/
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D.A. Wright
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:07 pm 
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Mud is not what it is cracked up to be. Cool

The sample images run the gammut of places and things. Hard to determine what you are looking for and to give advice. So therefore, vague in, vague out. Cracked mis somewhere in Death Valley. Most any playa will do. Since it is a wet winter, cracked mud will be filled in until it gets dry and cracks itself up ... Wink
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TacoLand
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:42 pm 
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That photo was taken in the "Panamint Playa" per the photographer. Looks to be a hot spot for photographers -- http://www.navinsarmaphotography.com/blog/death-valley-national-park-alabama-hills/

This specific area should be off of Panamint Valley Road, just south of 190. Hope that helps. Half the fun of the desert is figuring it out from there.
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Gowergulch42
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:37 am 
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Also popular are the salt polygons out on the Badwater flat. From the Badwater parking lot, the best salt shapes are in any direction people aren't going. If you see an area where people aren't (farther out is better) then thryre likely to be in good shape.
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netllama
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:17 pm 
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Prolly should note that this time of year is not when you'll find "mud cracks". You need a long period of time without any rain, and high heat. Probably May at the absolute earliest, and more likely July or August.
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pluton
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:36 pm 
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You may also find cracked mud fields where the Armagosa River crosses Harry Wade Road, south end of the park. As has been noted, the mud has to dry out to create the cracks.
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