Sunstar over Death Valley
Sometimes you have to be an early riser to catch a landscape in its most pristine state. For this shot of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, I arrived in Death Valley National Park at 5:30 a.m. Wearing my trusty headlamp, I began my hike in. (You’d be amazed at how dark the dunes can be on a moonless night/early morning!)
Because footprints tend to destroy the amazing lines that Mother Nature draws across the dunes, I wanted to find an area
that had yet to be explored that day. I staked out a spot and waited for the sun’s first rays to peek over the horizon. Although I was hoping for a few clouds to mix with the morning light, the sky was mostly clear.
Sunrise highlighted the dunes’ delicate, crisp lines which always seem to be in a state of flux. As the wind blows and changes direction, the look of the dunes changes along with them. And any footsteps—including mine—are soon blown over and forgotten.