Patterns - Mesquite Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California

One of my favorite things about the desert are the patterns that are created in the sand by the wind. The patterns can vary greatly based upon the direction and speed of the wind. If a particular spot looks one way today, it may look very different tomorrow. Finding untouched patterns gets more difficult as the sun rises, particularly in popular places. The best time is at sunrise, as there are few visitors walking on the sand leaving footprints that destroy the beauty of the pattern. It is not until night when the wind erases the footprints and creates newly-formed patterns. If you are looking for patterns later in the day, visit some less visited spots. I shot this one in mid-afternoon in a part of Mesquite Dunes that rarely has people stopping and walking on the sand.