After leaving Lee Flat at around 4:15 in the morning we drove to the town of Lone Pine and grabbed a mug of coffee. Just a few more miles to the Alabama Hills along the Eastern Sierra Mountains and the sky was showing a faint glow to the east.
After photographing at the Mesquite Dunes in the morning we drove to the “Land of the moving rocks”. From Furnace Creek, CA in Death Valley National Park you drive north 57 miles to the Ubehebe Crater (you-bee-he-bee). Take a right on Racetrack Valley Road and drive 27 more miles down a wash board gravel road, past Teakettle Junction, 6 more miles and you are there.
Day four in Death Valley we left early from Emigrant Campground and headed to the dunes before sunrise. Strong winds last night erased hundreds of footprints for fairly untrammeled sand. The sand dunes here are located between the mountains, so the wind just blows the sand in a big eddy and recreates the dunes after every windstorm.
Mark is a nature and landscape photographer living in Oregon. Merging photography with an enjoyment of the outdoors; hiking in the woods, walking along the beach, star gazing, fishing and traveling, Mark has captured a few of the many beautiful and interesting sights that nature creates for others to enjoy.