Back to Death Valley. The rainstorms of the week before my visit left amazing patterns in the sand. In the early dawn light, these patterns really came to life. I noticed this interesting twig lying by the side of the dunes. I picked it up, tossed it onto the dry sand, and photographed it where it lay. Maybe messing with Mother Nature just a tad, but I wanted to see the juxtaposition of the dry, patterned twig against the dry patterns of the sand after the rains. Texture and pattern - two of my favorite photographic subjects - brought to more vivid life by the wonderful early morning glow in the sky.
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