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The largest dune in shadow

I usually avoid the largest dunes in Death Valley's Mesquite Dunes. They are a magnet for tourists who trample them with footprints in their climbs to the top. However on this day I happened to turn and look in that direction to find the largest dune had gone into shadow and turned the whole scene surreal. I was of course compelled to click the shutter to capture this moment before it vanished as the sunlight returned a few moments later.

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Taken on November 6, 2011