Death Valley 2013: Day 3

I spent day 3 scouting the dunes for shooting locations, then came upon a surprise later that evening.

2 Responses to “Death Valley 2013: Day 3”

  1. Laura Says:

    Like the sitting cross-legged on the dune while dispensing photographic wisdom. We can hike to the pinacle of the dunes to ask the photo-swami a question! Photo-swami, what are singing dunes? (I’ve never heard that before……)

    • Ben Horne Says:

      The singing dunes are very fun to experience in person. As you walk down the slope of certain steep dunes, it creates a mini sand avalanche. As the grains of sand rub against each other, it creates a vibration that is amplified by the dune itself. The result is a relatively loud sound somewhat like a person playing a didgeridoo. I’ve been going to the dunes since 2009, and this is the first time I’ve experienced it. Now I know what to look for, so I can likely make them sing on command. 🙂

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