We had a three day weekend last week, we went up to the Easter Sierra and decided to stop one night at this part of Death Valley to see the Eureka Dunes.
There are several dunes within the park. Eureka Dunes, although covers only 3 square miles (8 km≤), the dunes rise approximately 680 feet (207 m) above the surrounding valley floor, making them one of the highest dune fields in North America.
Accessed via a gravel road in Eureka Valley (which connects to a road running from Big Pine to the Grapevine section of Death Valley), the dunes became part of the Death Valley National Park as part of its expansion in 1994.
We were the only people camped here that night, It was hot during the day, we arrive an hour before sunset, but it was comfortable by night. Itís also a great place for stars gazing at night for the lack of light and dry air. It was so peaceful, lying on the picnic table counting falling stars and watching the milky way across the sky.
Hello Way, are you still up? I couldn't sleep either if I had such wonderful photos to be worked on and finally shared with others. I wished I had seen you on this picnic table, how funny! This is so beautiful out here, so peaceful and yet so difficult to survive unless you have the gear we have these days with GPS and what not. For sure a place to fly over :))) Would you again shoot at me, yes? A wonderfully crafted photo, everything placed just perfect how we wish to see and enjoy it. I love the desert the more I think about it although I am not so adventerous actually and I wonder if I had slept well all alone out there but since we did not close the door in Colorado as the house owner lost the key, I am doing ways better and after one night I slept like a child. Have a very good Sunday, Barbara.
W.Lim (2010/09/13 11:25:18): Hi,
as much as we travel, you would think I have GPS by now. But I don't yet. the last few times we borrow from a friend. It take some getting use to have one more person in the car Telling you what to do lol. and something she is too slow in telling you where to turn...but often time she is good, even in some dirt road out in the middle of nowhere. But you really need to explaing to her very well where you're going, otherwise she try to take you the way she want you to go...it not always so simple. Life is so complicated :)
A fascinating and impressive sight indeed. The play of light and shadow is great here and it emphasizes the structures of the sand wonderfully. Your photo really emanates the impression of silence ... A captivating sight.
Greetings from Germany - and have a nice Sunday!
Wonderful sand patterns in the light and a good break with the shadowed part to the peaks, which are again bright, sharp and clear, Wayne. These different plays of light are interesting on the lines of the natural textures.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
Not, as Ray said, the best time of the year to visit Death Valley! But worth it, if this photograph is at all typical. A really beautiful shot with sinuous curves - and because there were no other people, there are no annoying footprints either! Great shadows, too. (I like this one a lot better than the one you posted at the "other place.")
Gotta love Labor Day, huh? You guys don't get a lot of holidays in the States, so every single one is to be used to its fullest potential. I can imagine how wonderful it was to camp out and watch the falling stars and dream with the Milky Way in sight!
Fantastic capture, my friend, with those wavy lines and the light on the sand and hills. Absolutely dreamy! What a view!
You continue to surprise us with yet another different view of Death Valley. Wonderful light here and a great compo with the ridge of the dune leading towards the background. I think I might have been tempted to crop the shot a tiny little bit on the left to eliminate that small dark triangle about 2/3 down, but that's just a very small detail. Overall it's a beautiful shot with lots of fine details that make the eye wander. Fabulous!
Your point of view gives us a clear view with much detail . .
Fine lighting and complementing colors contribute all to this splendid picture. Good management of these lights, on this capture.
Wonderful textures and and lines to these giant dunes who's golden hues blend brilliantly with the vivid blue desert sky.
Love those tranquil shadows and barren desert mountains.
Warm Regards, Tom
I do remember fondly your post in TE...this is a wider version. Of course the ripples in the dunes work well, creating a converging perspective, but what I like more here is the play of light in the hills in the BG, the way the light colouyrd strata is highlighted...beautiful!