Life and Death in Death Valley

Corpses in the desert can vanish as thoroughly as those at sea. Chewed, gnawed, nibbled, feasted upon by native beasts; desiccated, churned in hostile elements, blown to oblivion; blood to rust, bones to dust, flesh to flakes.

Camille Cusumano
Oct 10, 2019 · 11 min read
Bad hombre, spotted on the bumpy road to Striped Butte
Snow mantled Panamints, Death Valley, April, 2019
A shuttered mine and Louise Graham’s abandoned homestead and talc mining enterprise
More ghostly ruins of Graham’s
Desert gold
The Geologist Cabin and its hospitable interior. Doomed Germans could’ve bivouacked here but instead filched an American flag— not this one—and headed east into the heat of July in the desert.
Golden ridge at sunset with Jeep
Above photo appears in Desert Survivors newsletter, October, 2019.
Triangulating with GPSs; best lunch spot; metamorphosis in progress
Desert greenery: “We heard the spring rushing furiously within its green cage and the sound alone refreshed us.”
As last, a sign: The meteor fell to Earth for my eyes only. What a splash it made. Photo by Wilson Ye at Unsplash

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Camille Cusumano

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Author(ity) in/on San Francisco. Novel, essay, memoir. Teaches tango. Travel, outdoors, culture. Former editor at VIA Mag.

NoMudNoLotus Writer

Publishes shapely prose, creative nonfiction (travel and memoir) and fiction (short), that is deeply contemplative, imaginative, literary with an irresistible narrative drive.

Camille Cusumano

Written by

Author(ity) in/on San Francisco. Novel, essay, memoir. Teaches tango. Travel, outdoors, culture. Former editor at VIA Mag.

NoMudNoLotus Writer

Publishes shapely prose, creative nonfiction (travel and memoir) and fiction (short), that is deeply contemplative, imaginative, literary with an irresistible narrative drive.

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