I nearly missed this opportunity, as I was half way up a dune behind where I’ve captured this from & then saw the sun making a small break through the clouds. So quickly running or scampering back down to here .As it all happen so fast this compostion with the playa could have been better, I should have been back a little further to get all of it in ( which I did afterwards ) but the best of the sun had gone, I have one or two more with a smaller sunstar, but think I prefer this one for now.
I was also torn between running back here or running up the dune, but think I wouldn’t have made it in time for the sun making it’s break.
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That sucky feeling where exhaustion and fatigue kicks in during the first few days of your trip and what made it worst, it’s accompanied by extreme coughs and colds! Ha bummer! The reason behind it? Our foolishness of spending 2 nights in Yosemite’s unheated tents!! !@#$%!!!! Lesson learned!
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, a definite must see place in DVNP. Dunes can get as high as 100 feet and it’s way bigger than what they seem! Lol! It’s constantly changing landscape that gets more interesting on different light conditions. Gets tricky tho as you need to hike in to the middle part of the dunes to escape those footprints.
Got an amazing tip from buddy Paul (owe you big time man!). Take it during sunrise, stop a few km before the parking area and walk into the dunes from there. Fewer footprints and the dunes are half the size so it’s easier. Well, it’s easy if your not sick at all :-((. I was already feeling dizzy halfway in and the continuous hike up and down on soft sand, took 3x the effort!! Not good, not good at all. So I told myself enough for that day since we still have the next day’s sunrise. Took a couple of shots on twilight and golden hour, then hiked back at a slower pace. Barely made it but happy with what I got. Woooot! For the love of this hobby! Hope you enjoy this image! Cheers!
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