There is plenty of life in Death Valley, you just have to know where and when to look for it. Plants in many places on earth have a dormant season in the cold of winter. In Death Valley, as with other desert areas, the dormant season is the extreme heat of summer. If there is enough rain in the spring, the wildflowers do emerge.
Last May, we were fortunate to be driving by the area and stopped by to see what what the flora looked like. It was late spring, so we saw only a few wildflowers in the north of the Park and of course, took some photos. We found an ancient crater to walk around. It was a challenge to keep our footing, especially when hiking uphill in the soft rocks.