Mesquite Dunes, Duo, Dawn
In Death Valley National Park, I trudged out into the Mesquite Dunes well before dawn, seeking the perfect line that would accentuate the glow the rising sun would cast on the sand. I found that line, straddling the crest of a dune, and waited in the chill air for the brief five minutes or so that I knew would provide the perfect light. Just as that light came over the horizon, I was primed for the perfect shot, when suddenly two teenagers hiking in front of their Dad walked into my viewfinder. I was demoralized for about 30 seconds because I thought I had lost my careful composition, but then I realized that the two kids on either side of the dune's crest provided the perfect compliment to the scene, accentuating the sharpness of the ridge and showing the vast size of the dunes.