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.
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