A reader has submitted a photo of this lovely specimen of fresh halite crystals from the famous locality of Searles Dry Lake, in the eastern Caifornia desert. See the full-size image and notes about it in the "My Sedimentary Rock" collection.
This is a good time to bring up the annual Gem-O-Rama at Searles Lake, the single weekend of the year when the salt company stops operations and the paying guests of the Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society spread out and dig for halite, hanksite, trona, borax and other hard-to-find evaporite minerals. It sounds like a great time, and I've always wanted to make a trip there myself.
Searles Lake halite photo courtesy Chuck Stewart