Enchanted by Algodones Dunes

Those who follow my activities on social networks already saw some black & white photos from my third outing to Algodones Dunes. Those images are in the “Dunes” gallery and a couple more will follow for sure. To break what appears to be another spell of black & white ;) here are three vertical color images for a change:

This third outing was certainly the most productive yet – and also the most strenuous. I had watched the weather report carefully and knew I’d find pretty good conditions (clouds, mostly overcast) but the temperature was still 95F (35C) when I arrived at 4pm. I also wandered further into the dunes than on my two previous visits. I’ve tried my sandals this time (last time with sneakers they filled up with the sand so fast I had to take them off), but walking bare foot in the dunes remained the best option, even though the sand was really warm. Every now and then the sun would break through the clouds for a couple of minutes and it was beating down pretty good then. I had salty snacks with me and drank plenty of water. All in all, I was out in the dunes for about three hours, and it was really fantastic.

The wind was blowing pretty hard and the fine sand was tingling on my skin and really got everywhere. When the wind died down for a moment occasionally, the immediate silence was almost palpable. Then thunder rolled in and I saw the clouds burst over the Chocolate Mountain range in the distance. Being out in these extreme conditions gave me an intense feeling of being alive, and very calm at the same time. I’ve had this feeling before in the mountains and hiking in the desert too, but never with such intensity. There’s clearly something magical about the dunes.

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