Drive twenty-miles east of Brawley, California, on Highway 78 to photograph the Algodones Dunes, a very large field of dramatically sculpted sand dunes stretching from the south shore of the Salton Sea to the Mexican border, near Yuma, Arizona. A paved road, crossing the dune field, climbs to a summit where a sign marks a side road that climbs even higher-to the Osbourne Overlook. On a clear day you can see images of classic dune patterns stretching south for miles. This dune field is much larger than those in Death Valley. A 200-300 mm telephoto will tightly frame countless patterns of windblown sand. Morning light illuminates sweeping rims of dunes stacked one upon another. Park your RV at the overlook, stay overnight, and be ready for some great sunrise images. Afternoon light is too direct, too flat on dunes running north and south.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.