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Death Valley (California USA)

DAY TWO 4-30-8am

Having arrived at Stovepipe Wells the day before, I arose well before dawn to drive the short distance to the Dunes.

I had already done a ‘reckie’, the previous afternoon when there were so many tourists there, that the area looked like a public car park, but at this time in the morning only a few other ‘crazy photographers’ were out, with roughly a half a dozen cars parked out in front of me.
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Having left the car, I walked the half mile or so into the dunes with my 5D, a tripod, my 70-200mm and 24-105mm a polarizer and a couple of Nat-grad filters. I wanted to travel as light as possible.

At age 45, I’m a little over weight and not as fit as I should be and found the ‘Photo-trek’ through the sand much harder than it looked.

There is a lot of ‘Up & Down’ when dune walking and for every 2 steps forward you slip one step back and on top of all this, you’re desperately trying not to get sand on your equipment.

The sun’s imminent arrival was clearly evident, by a brightening of the sky behind the mountains to my right. This spurred me on, puffing and panting, slipping and sliding, till I reached my pitch on the top a mid-sized dune that I’d marked on my Garmin the previous day. Read the rest of this entry »

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