Back to the archives from a set of remote yet amazing dunes in Death Valley!!! These bushes are a bit of an enigma to me. I have no idea how they get enough water to get this big! They do look dead, but they are alive. Even with clear skies the hint of pink that turned up is still a great background to the dunes! These dunes are some of the tallest in DV 600-700’ tall.
I haven’t posted looooong time. Finding a photo to post felt strange! I haven’t thought about it and wasn’t sure which one to choose. Here it is. Heck. We have come a long way with this pup, and still working. Training and working with her has been (and is) the most challenging, yet rewarding experience. The dog training road is a bumpy one...with smooth patches and whoops of joy and laughter, and then several ginormous potholes. Sometimes it feels more like a sinkhole. But, hey. We get through it. Yesterday’s adventure was so much fun. Summer’s in Alaska are gorgeous and remind me to not pressure myself so much, but to just enjoy life’s many lovely moments. 🌷🐕
WIND OF CHANGE
I was now in a situation on anticipating the weather instead of trekking to another location. The towering Sangre De Cristo Mountains in front of me is an impressive backdrop. Decided to remain on this area to see what will occur over time. While fine tunning my composition and focusing, the passing high clouds forming dramatic aesthetics above the mountain peaks.
As the wind pickups I added a layer of windbreaker jacket on top of my winter clothing. Debated if I should shelter inside my vehicle or tough it out while scouting the surroundings. Observing the dunes in front of the camera was lacking sky interest for a panorama. Shortly after, the passing clouds that was hovering the sand dunes are now nestled above the mountain range. Even on harsh daylight, it felt I could produce few photographs which inspired me to capture the high contrast mountain range in black & white.
I trekked towards the dunes to find subject of sand mixed with snow. Panning across the giant dune range there were sections lacking in snow. And portions were chaotic that I had a challenge to find rhythm in them. Continued to pace back and forth that later settled on sand drifts nestled below. By using the strong afternoon light, it emphasized the snow pellets scattered on the surface. While in contrast the shadows defined the dunes’ formation.
While driving many miles towards the park dunes I was envisioning abstract formation of snow and sand formulates. Typically I do not photograph upon arrival but instead scout the areas. I learned the park’s campground winter closure was next day, that leaves only an overnight stay. After setting base camp I headed out with my gear scoping dunes for rest of the day. I stumbled on an arrangement of snow patches littered across the sand bank. As the clouds sweeps across the scene by strong wind I opted for series long exposures. While braving the bitter cold and absorbing the distant view of Sangre De Cristo Mountain range.
Time in the wilderness is something we all need & for our guiding Owls, it is something we crave! Spending an evening in the arctic wilderness is the best way to spend an evening, waiting patiently for nature to deliver a beautiful moment. Our guide & photographer @karolisketurka is particularly talented at capturing the Aurora Borealis alongside the full moon. KarOwlis (😆) took this beautiful photograph in early March 2020. This season was on lowest of the Aurora Activitiy cycles, as you can see we still had many beautiful evenings in the wilderness. We can't wait to see what this next season has to offer!