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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

MWT - Part 13 Death Valley National Park - Day 3 Mesquite Sand Dunes


After exploring Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater and some of Titus Canyon on our third day at Death Valley we stopped at the Mesquite Sand Dunes on the way..

32 comments:

Sally in WA said...

Wow, the differences in the sand is amazing. I really liked how you captured the various tracks in the sand. What a find!

Ishtar said...

That's Sahara in the US! How breathtakingly beautiful!!

Diane AZ said...

I like the perspective of the 3rd shot, the animal tracts are cool and the moon image looks peaceful. You sure did a lot of exploring at Death Valley, great post!

Martha Z said...

I have a few spare minutes to check out some sites. I've missed a lot, you've been busy. Great shots of Titus Canyon, I think Jules and I hiked it several years ago, I remember the wonderful rocks. I like the trails in the dunes, one needs to be quick before the tourists wipe them out.
I didn't know cardinals made it to Arizona, we don't have any in Califronia.

Craver Vii said...

Did you follow any of those tracks? I think I would have wanted to.

eileeninmd said...

I think the animals tracks are cool. Great photos of the Sand Dunes. I enjoyed the post and photos.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Those tracks should be interesting. I used to have a book about tracks in the desert but that was when I was about 17 years old and lord knows I have not seen it in years. Do you know what those tracks belong to?

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post as always, Gaelyn! I love the prints in the sand, wonder who, what and where! Fascinating! Looks to have been a fun trip!

Enjoy!

Sylvia

Snap said...

Gaelyn,

I love the animal tracks and isn't one a snake (or two)?!!!! The ripples of the sand. Wonderful!!!!!

Pam said...

The look of the sand is terrific, with the dark and light pattern. I like how the creatures leave their trail in the sand too.
Its great to the see this wonderful plac.. thanks Gaelyn, Keep warm!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Sand dunes are one of my most favorite things...i could play forever in them. I really like the third picture down. I need to get down to Death Valley one of these days!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: What a great trip, I enjoyed all the tracks in the sand.

Stine in Ontario said...

Mother Nature is an amazing artist! The lines in the sand are beautiful.

Carver said...

The sand dunes are so beautiful and I love the full moon over the purple mountain range.

Kathiesbirds said...

Gaelyn, wonderful photos! I love the shadows on the dunes and the animal tracks in the sand! I hope you stay warm wherever you are! It's been cold and gray down here all day but so far no rain and we need some! Stay safe.

Dot said...

A stunning and facinating post! I loved the pics with the traces of wildlife and that last one of the full moon is amazing!

Garry Hayes said...

You've put a great series on Death Valley! Nice job!

Firefly said...

Very interesting what the sand is made up of and how the heavier sand gets left behind a bit.
The evening sky in these wide open areas are just... heavenly

LadyFi said...

Fantastic dunes and tracks!

jeannette stgermain said...

Interesting patterns in the sand, Gaelyn - what an inspiring pic for a painting!The sand dunes are made up of the grains of quartz and magnetite - do people sometimes take a handful home? (when they know what the "sand" consists of)?

J said...

Starkly beautiful, although I'm glad you didn't have a closer encounter with a rattlesnake!

Bibi said...

Love those tracks, which look deceptively like bike tracks...watch out.

susieofarabia said...

What an interesting outing - and great pics, especially the tracks! The terrain looks a lot like Saudi Arabia - except not quite as much vegetation!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Outstanding, Gaelyn. I've never seen actual DUNES like that but hope to one day. The tracks in the dunes - amazing. Fascinating. Rockin.'

Russ said...

Very cool! Love the tracks...

Jo said...

Brilliant hike and brilliant post, Gaelyn. I love the prints in the sand. What a disoovery and now you have evidence!

Elaine said...

Nice series. I love the last shot with the moon.

Rambling Woods said...

I love the tracks in the sand....

JOE TODD said...

Only thing missing is a sand castle but then we aren't at the beach.. Good post

Barb said...

Great photos, Gaelyn! The tracks in the dunes are beautiful!

Eve said...

What an adventure! Those trails in the sand - specifically the ones that look snake like, are so interesting!

Janie said...

Great photos of the dunes and animal tracks. The sunset and moonrise was a beautiful way to say goodbye to the valley.

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