I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
— Henry David Thoreau
Lonely Bush at the Mesquite Sand Dunes (Death Valley National Park)
After a long night out in Death Valley National Park as I stood atop the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley National Park I noticed this lone bush in the distance sitting amongst the large dunes all around it. It stood out in my mind since it was surviving where very little else does. In the Mesquite Dunes area there are some trees – nearer to the road – but amongst the dunes there isn’t much life existing. Thus, it seemed a little remarkable to me that this little bush was staying strong. As I framed it up I tried to isolate the bush against the dunes in the background – and the texture of those windswept dunes really started to standout. The low sun hanging in the air also cast a long shadow which interested me as well so I tried to frame it so the shadow extended into the foreground.