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A cracked lake bed in the Mojave Desert
April 12, 2012

Tecopa, Mojave Desert

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Tecopa is located a few miles south of Shoshone in California's Mojave Desert. Tecopa is known for its hot springs. Evaporation of the flooded dry lake in late spring creates cracked-mud patterns loved by photographers. The perspective is produced by the wide-angle lens (12mm) and placement of the camera close to the ground. Photo taken at sunset.

(This photo and caption were submitted to My Shot.)

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Photograph by Angel Di Bilio, My Shot
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