Our last stop on our winter snowbird season in Southwest USA was at the Mesquite Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
After visiting Coral Pink Sand Dunes in Utah, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, and Imperial Sand Dunes in California, I knew I was in for a tough trek on earth that moves underfoot with each step.
Footprints were everywhere as we started out. I softened the image above in post-processing to minimize the trampled look of all the footprints and give it a dreamy effect.
Ray and I were both glad we went after we considered giving it a miss earlier in the day because it had been extremely hazy for a few days and there were no good sunsets since we got there. But I knew it was my last chance, my last real photo shoot of the season before we started to head home.
We were treated to a glorious sunset. I would have been so mad at myself if I didn’t go! The only thing I could have asked for was a dune with little or no footprints, but that was not going to happen in this very popular national park unless I hiked a lot further and was willing to hike all the way back in the dark.
The image above is a high dynamic range image made by combining three exposures in post-processing.
Next time I’ll try to wait until a wind storm passes through erasing all the footprints and wiping the slate clean.
This is Ray walking along the crest of a dune with the mountains in the background.