Death Valley has the distinction of being the hottest place on earth. Just last year the mercury hit 130F, and it has gone as high as 134F. I have always wanted to convey that message--hottest on earth--in a photo. I decided that sunset would be the best opportunity to do so. As luck would have it, this particular evening delivered the right conditions. The sky lit up beautifully, and the clouds resemble flames rising from the hot salt flats in Badwater Basin.