There are three images in this series. To get the full effect of this series you need to look at all of the images and read the full description.

The Fence between the US and Mexico crosses the Imperial Sand Dunes (also know as the Algodones Dunes) just south of Interstate 8 which goes from California to Arizona. It is made of aluminum, is ten feet tall and pointed on the top. They keep a bulldozer in the dunes to clear the blowing sand away from the fence. There are also tall metal towers with surveillance cameras watching the fence all along its length. The US Border Control polices the area and the fence.

The Imperial Sand Dunes in southern California are thought to originate from sand blown by the prevailing wind from a huge freshwater lake created by a diversion of the Colorado River into the area of Lake Cahuilla which covered much of the Imperial, Coachella and Mexicali Valleys as late as 1450. The river has often been diverted by silt build up from floods. The river now flows into the Gulf of California. The Imperial Sand Dunes cover an area of approximately 45 miles long and 6 miles wide. The dunes are moving slowly east at a rate of about a foot a year. The dunes are in southern California, near the town of Yuma Arizona.

My thoughts? The US government is spending up to 2 billion dollars on as much as 700 miles of fence in areas of high risk from border crossings which can be climbed or tunneled under?? The Fence across the Imperial Sand Dunes is in an area which is very hard to cross on foot but there are many areas in Arizona and California where there is no fence and you can actually walk across the border!! Even where there are fences they are often tunneled under. The fence was started in 2005 and has yet to be completed? What a waste of our tax dollars!!

All images taken with Nikon D90 with Nikkor 300mm VR lens on auto focus


fence, us, mexico, border patrol sand dunes

© Copyright Notice: All Rights Reserved.
ALL images and content contained within this domain are the exclusive property of Byron Snider and are protected by US and International Copyright Law, they DO NOT belong to the public domain. It is against the law to copy, reproduce, redistribute, project, alter or use this material in any way without the express written permission of Byron Snider ©

View Full Profile


  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 2 years ago

    Boarder Hopping again I see…lol…

    Well you know if the government does not waste our tax dollars what possible good things would ever be done with them….did I say that out loud…..

    Nice POV Byron:))

  • No border hopping for me, we have passports but they say it is not safe to go over the border at Yuma. Thanks

    – barnsis

  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    Great image and interesting info!!!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 2 years ago

    here we have fences to keep the rabbits out and one to keep dingoes out too. . hard to tunnel sand surely?

  • Not to hard according to the reports.

    – barnsis

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 2 years ago

    Indeed what a waste of money! Great images, poor reason for them spending that money!

  • Thank you Sis

    – barnsis

  • Fara
    Faraalmost 2 years ago

    Very interesting image and information Barnie………………….I will refrain from comment about how governments spend money…………………………….Joyce

  • Thank you Joyce

    – barnsis

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 2 years ago

    Very nice

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 2 years ago


  • Thank you Guendalyn

    – barnsis

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    Fascinating shot. I read your description. I find it sad more than anything else.
    Your close-ups are good shots too.

  • Thank you, I quite agree with you about the sadness

    – barnsis

  • M.S. Photography & Art
    M.S. Photograp...almost 2 years ago

    Interesting info,fences can be so ugly,great shot!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait