North Algodones Sand Dunes: Dreaming of African Sahara
|Algodones Sand Dunes resemble the Sahara|
I slept in my car beside the North dunes and got up well before sunrise so that I could hike out onto the dunes and be there when the sun came up. I was surprised at how much walking I had to do simply to reach the dunes. It was very flat but seems to take about twice as long as I expected. The dunes began fairly abruptly on the edge of some brush and trees. Yet a few questions and even a tree or 2 are located in the midst of the dunes as far as I can see. There was never a location where the dunes were completely 100% sand without vegetation.
I certainly enjoyed taking pictures at sunrise. After about an hour it started to get quite hot and I started making my way back towards the edge of the dunes. It was at this time that I discovered this lonely tree which actually has a nest. I was careful to make a wide circle around this tree because I did not want my footprints in the picture. This shot was taken with an 85 millimeters lens which I thought was a good choice to include the tree and the surrounding areas but also to give a perspective of the distant dunes seem to go on forever.
In postprocessing I must admit there were a few small rocks and pebbles in the sand that I removed using Photoshop so that I could have a very clean sand dune appearance.
A few hours on the dunes I felt like I was in Africa. Sand dunes are quite spectacular in person and in photography.