Henry Mccourt's 30-second exposure of the Bristlecone Pines is today's Photo of The Day. Thought to be to oldest living things on earth, the wizened Bristlecones have attracted nature photographers from all over the world.
This shot was taken just after sunrise in September 2013. I had taken a few shots earlier (just before sunrise) before moving onto another part of the beach and returned here just after the sun appeared over the horizon.
In the summer of 2013 Death Valley set a new all-time high temperature for June when the mercury hit 129-degrees F. I had that memory in my mind when I saw Mitch Ridder's photo of Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park. Ridder sent the photo to the Warmth Assignment.
Alex Chamberlain submitted today's Photo Of The Day to the Your Best Photo Of 2013 Assignment. Chamberlain describes how he got this photo, "After an evening shooting the Toadstool Hoodoos in Utah, my friend and I retired for the night only to be awakened at 4am by a lightning storm the likes of which we had seldom seen...