One of the appeals of photographing sand dunes is the simplified nature of the subject. Focusing on this one dune and my key light source behind the dune I was able to capture a range of color you don't normally see in one isolated dune,thanks to reflected and bounced light on the camera and dune.
The nooks and low points in the sand dunes can be as interesting as the dunes themselves. The Mesquite Flat sand dunes actually cover an ancient lakebed that can still be seen in little pockets of the dune field.
My trip to Death Valley was too late in the season to see the super-bloom, but I did see something I had never seen before, all the wildflowers were infested with tiny little red specks. I used my macro extension tube to get a better look and saw what looked like freaky red ticks. Doing a little research on the Internet I found out they are red velvet mites.
On my trip to Death Valley I was hoping to get some great detail shots of the wildflowers with my extension tube. However finding a flower that wasn't infested with mites was a challenge. Next time I'll make sure to go earlier in the wildflower season.
At 282 feet below sea level it's the lowest point in North America. Normally this place covered it what looks like giant octagonal cobblestones but I think the recent water from last fall soften all those edges and salt crystals.
Anyone who follows my posted photos knows that I have a fondness for these 4,000 year-old contorted trees found in the White Mountains just east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This tree in particular is probably the most-photographed of the grove, and one I enjoy revisiting often.
If you do visit these trees be prepared to have your breath taken away, literally. They grow best in higher elevations. The notable trees in the White Mountains are around 10,000 feet elevation or higher. Even a simple walk around the grove will get you huffing and puffing until your climatized.
Mud Cracks in Gower Gulch in DeathValley National Park
I am drawn to textures and patterns I find on my many adventures, and the variety cracks in this dried flow was an intriguing subject. This was taken about 3 months after most of the rain storms passed through Death Valley