Bad Water, Death Valley National Park
When the moon is full, take a walk out along Badwater Basin. Bring a flashlight for sure to help you around. It is the lowest place in North America, and it is eerily quiet and dark. You are miles and miles away from any semblance of civilization, and you can feel it. The stars wheel overhead, as the moon casts a ghostly pallor on the salt flat under your feet. Take a moment to look up at the sky, or just sit on the salt and enjoy the silence. Aside from being broken by a lone car (which is rare at night), there is complete silence. You cannot appreciate that everywhere these days, so it is a treat. Take some pictures of the landscape, but be prepared to have the shutter open a long time (the shot below is 60 seconds), but that is not necessary. It is worth it just to feel the isolation and largeness of the wide world, out on the flat in the dark.
At Badwater Basin, everyone was looking out at the salt flats and muddy water. There I was on my hands and knees taking pictures of the little squiggly things that live in the water. I started a trend. Pretty soon 10 people followed suite.
Lakes once existed in this area, but have long, long since dried up, leaving salt in their wake. Here, the sun scorched earth cracks from the intense heat and severe dryness, causing the salt crystals to expand.