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Mesquite Sand Dunes

It was still dark as I slogged up the steep slippery incline of a dune, all the while careful to leave the least amount of footprints while walking on the delicate undisturbed ridges of soft yellow sand.

 

What am I doing, I thought.

Why am I here, on this freezing morning, after sleeping in less than comfortable conditions when I could have had a nice warm bed and a warm shower, I thought.

 

Why should I endure this torture on an empty stomach every holiday when I could have had delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, I thought.

 

And then the sun came out, its rays warming and tingling every corner of my body and lifting my spirits. Then its slanting rays cast beautiful shadows on the dunes, highlighting every single wave, ridge and ripple in the sand. And when viewed through a wide-angle lens (that invariably tends to exaggerating the structures close to the camera), it was pure magic.

 

And all my troubles and worries melted away like ice melting under sunlight. My singular thought at that time was to try and capture the visions that had formed in my mind's eye, visions that I have had ever since my last visit to the beautiful Mesquite dunes.

 

And this was the result of one such vision, stooping down low on the dunes to capture the beautiful patterns. Shot at 1/25, F18 and ISO 400 (F18, a remnant of a previous shot and F11-14 would have been sufficient)

 

Death Valley National Park

CA USA

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Taken on December 25, 2011