Mark Raymond Mason Fine Art Abstract Photography
Big Dunes, Snow: Death Valley, CA~

Walking on these huge dunes, I felt like I was high on a snowy mountain top.  The sand was very firm and covered with light snow in the shade.  I was surrounded by the expanse of the sand, and its oppressive weight.

I liked the way the low winter light fell on the dunes, accentuating their textures.  I liked that it was the wind that carried them there, and that it might carry them away some day.

I photographed the largest of the dunes in a way that showed its texture and enormous static weight.  In contrast, the smaller dunes behind it appear more fleeting, like choppy waves.

— Big Dunes, Snow: Death Valley, CA, USA (2003)

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