Many years ago as a young man I lived along California’s (USA) central coast. At the far western end of Hwy 166 are the Guadalupe Dunes.
This amazing system of coastal sand, shaped by wind and rain and sun, became my playground. After a ban on off-road vehicles became effective under law, the dune complex began to recover from the years of abuse these machines wrought on this wonderful place.
At it’s best in winter time when storms create dramatic change in the shape of dune and the pattern of drift, I often camped for days, with my camera, my dog Lance and my fishing pole. We would hike the dunes or drop down and visit the beach where I would catch perch in the surf then cook them fresh on a fire. Greens grew in the seeps of fresh water that leaked off the shelf rock upon which the massive dunes sit. That water was fresh and pure and provided drinking water.
This image was scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome slide taken on a winter solstice trip in the mid 1980’s.
Tripod, cable release, Pentax K1000, Kodachrome 64 shot at ASA100 (providing 1/2 stop under exposure)
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