It’s always a highlight visiting the dunes of Death Valley. There are many, but the most commonly visited dunes are the accessible Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The dunes are fantastic in all conditions – sunrise, sunset, mid-day, clouds, clear sky, you name it.
If there’s one condition that makes the dunes particular special though, it’s wind. On our second day, the forecast called for high winds and I knew we’d turn to the dunes for sunset. The conditions aren’t ideal to brave, but if you can deal with the wind and blowing sand, the resultant images are fantastic. I always say that the best images that really move a viewer, are the ones that capture some type of movement because they’re able to portray the drama of the actual moment when the shutter was pressed.
Now, earlier in the day, a haboob dust storm actually passed through the dunes. Visibility was 0 and it was looking like a sunset might not even happen. But, the haboob eventually passed through and let behind some 15-20 mph winds, enough to kick up some sand!