This post's photos are from a camping trip to Death Valley National Park earlier this year. This time around, we discovered a great little campsite at the foot of the Eureka Valley Sand Dunes, which are occasionally the tallest dunes in North America (depending on the wind). It's a pretty remote spot, but well worth it for the solitude and beautiful landscape. Due to Death Valley's rich shadows and textures, I ended up opting for black and white in almost every photograph.
The first couple shots are from the Racetrack. Here you can find rocks that have streaked across the playa in mysterious fashion, powered by strong winds and the occasional rain.
At night, a near full moon illuminated the sand dunes under the night sky.
Fighter jet pilots frequently practice over the area, often at extremely low altitude.
Possibly my favorite feature of this area is one of the darkest skies you can find in California. This last photo was taken during a relatively brief window just after moonset, before sunrise washed out the stars.