I’ve been intrigued by the Sand Dunes since last month when my friends and I visited them. The photo above KIND of captures the mysterious quality I noticed but didn’t understand. The dunes are never quite in focus. They are always soft and somehow lit from the inside.
In every photo, the phenomenon emerged. Everything around the dunes was clear, sharp, focused. The dunes were always “fuzzy.”
I have actually thought about it off and on since my visit and I think I now understand the phenomenon. The wind is almost always blowing in the San Luis Valley. The sand is always moving. Each grain is going somewhere, down, across, depending on gravity or wind, the motion of other grains.
There is also space between the grains and light will go where it can. On top of that, a grain of sand is faceted so each one will reflect light and cast shadows according to its own unique properties.
They are magical and I can’t wait to go back. This video is sand dunes in Death Valley, not “my” dunes here in Colorado, but you can still kind of see what I mean.