Photographer's Note

There are several dunes within Death Valley National Park. This is Eurika Sand Dune, although it covers only 3 square miles (8 km²), 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 arrive late in the afternoon, just before sunset so we can see the dun at low sunset light when the dune was painted in gold and the temperature is down to the 90F/32C degree. This year the high reached 121F/49F in June.

It seems rather plain at first look with not much but just sand, but once I pay attention and look for the details of the pattern. I really love the undisturbed windblown sand patterns and the different shades shadow play and the sunset light that painted sand shine like it is mount of golden dust.

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