Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 04/28/2015


Photo taken on April 10, 2010


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About flash floods

About flash floods
Death Valley.

A landmark on the 4 wheel drive trail up Johnson Canyon. A car that was brought down the canyon decades ago, by a flash flood.

This astonishingly broken car has been thoroughly picked over by backcountry tourists. I have seen a couple of other vehicles soon after they were washed away in flash floods. They were sitting on bare outflow surfaces, ferociously battered, no glass left in any window, no debris on the ground around them. And they were packed, crammed to the ceiling, with logs and branches, not sand or rocks. I do not know how or why.

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11 comments - The latest ones
Alan Burch
Alan Burch
Huge packrats, I dare say....
2 years ago.
Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor
I would never has guessed flash floods. Wonderful image.
2 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Quite a story to go with this photo. Reminds me of the old rusting car by Mount St. Helens, caught in the blast and still lying where the blast left it.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Its sad though that it clutter the natural landscape !
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Well seen and taken. Interesting story.
2 years ago.
W9JIM - Jim Doss
W9JIM - Jim Doss
Reminds me of the story of a couple of fellows who were hiking a canyon in southern Utah. Upon returning to the trailhead later in the day, they discovered their truck missing. After the initial shock of thinking it was stolen - and doing a bit on investigating, they found their truck about a mile away, a victim of a flash flood. the vehicle was completely destroyed.

BTW, I camped right by this old car, over along the rock wall, a couple of years ago.
2 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
People tend to expect that arid areas are always dry, but a thunderstorm over the horizon can bring flash floods very smartly. Why it never pays to camp in dry creek beds! Great image.
2 years ago.
slgwv has replied to tiabunna
A traditional greenhorn stunt, to camp in the wash 'cause it's smoothest and softest! ;)
2 years ago.
Clint
Clint
The park had seen a lot of flooding during the week before we went a couple of years ago, so most of the roads were closed. It was interesting to see all the mud where it had washed across the road on a 120-degree day in a place you can't imagine ever saw a rain drop.
2 years ago.
slgwv has replied to Clint
One of the hazards in the desert Southwest is people not taking flash floods seriously. Every year a few folks manage to drown themselves in Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, etc.--
2 years ago.