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Ten Mile Sand Dunes

Ten Mile Sand Dunes
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10291] (31139)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1983
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Pentax K1000
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-06 5:22
Viewed: 3881
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
*In workshop is a high altitude image of EXACTLY where we too this picture.

The northern three miles of the Ten Mile Coastal Trail runs along the western edge of a 1,285 acre sand dune complex known as the Ten Mile Beach and Dunes. The Ten Mile Dunes has been designated in the MacKerricher State Park General Plan as a "Preserve" and as such, requires special protection. The Dunes are home to twelve threatened or endangered species including the Howell's Spineflower, Menzies Wallflower and the Western Snowy Plover.

Back when we had only 6 of our 7 children, we lived for about 7 years right on the edge of the Ten Mile Dunes..and when I say edge..I mean that this picture was taken by going out our front door and 500 feet west. I am standing on top of a 50 foot dune and looking west towards the Pacific Ocean which is about 1/2 mile of sand away and some dunes being higher, is not visible here.

One feels very vulnerable on the dunes...especially if you are alone but even in numbers. Practically everyone locally knows the dunes but none go there. We walked them on a daily basis with the kids. We went there to watch huge Pacific Storms come in and once in a long while we would walk over the next section to where the beach was. At one time there was a log haul road along the 10 miles stretch. The 1982-3 el Nino storm took out most of that road which was owned by Georgia pacific. They used it for their bad habit of clear cutting old growth Redwoods, so the loss of their road didn't bother me at all. The once in a while truck traffic was about all that went out on the beach next to the dunes. It was a locked private road. It is now open to bikes, horse and trekkers..but only the hardiest do the whole trek. Most just stare at the ocean:-) You can see our footprints in the ever changing sand on this cloudy day...

Pentax K1000
Hand Held
Pentax 35mm Lens
No further information.

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Your work from the past speaks of class and quality, Bob. Images such as this one prove how brilliant a photographer you were in your younger days.
This image of the desert has some archetypal quality that makes me ponder over human predicament. Those footprints on the sands of time....
Keep showing more of your images from the past, Bob.

Sand and sky compliment each other beautifully Bob. The photo reminds me that when you are lost and loney, you are never completely alone... He is with you always. :)


Hi Bob,

The different shapes of the sand dunes are assets to the composition. The point of view leads our eyes toward the junction of the clouds with the sand. The light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2008-09-06 8:56]

Hi Bob,
I like this simple and effective composition. Colors, contrast and exposure control are very good. TFS
All the best,

Hi, Bob,

beautiful capture with very nice composition. i like the footprints in this photo a lot. tfs.

Man Yee

Hi Bob,
Very beautiful landscape picture with excellent composition, lighting and colours to create a dramatic view.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2461 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-09-06 9:51]

Hi Bob,

Now this is what I always thought of as desert. Not what we have here in Arizona. This is truly a fantastic shot - so simple and so very beautiful. You captured it just right - all sand and sky. What a sky that is!!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-06 10:46]

Hi Bob. This is a very simple picture but has something about it but not to sure what it is. Its very calming to look at with the moody grey sky. Your foot prints show life is around. TFS.

Hello Bob.
An another example of your excellent photography.
The colors of sand dune and of the sky are creating a marvellous contrast.
The note and workshop are very interesting, how always!
Well done!
TFS and Regards,
Josť Roberto

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5804 W: 89 N: 14916] (62531)
  • [2008-09-06 17:09]

Hi Bob,today my compliments are for the wonderfull quality of the scanner,really seem a digital pic,the colors are perfect...and the pic and the place very interesting,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

Hi Bob,

Very interesting note.
Simple landscaping shot with beautiful sky and also with beautiful colours.
It's lookig if it were a very great dessert trough the space.
You van see trough your footsteps how little we are in the nature.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-09-06 23:55]

Hi Bob

You really have captured the 'sense of place' here. ALthough sometimes very beautiful, dunes can seem very lonely, hostile places with a change of light.


Namastay Bob,
A lovely capture of this beautiful landscape which looks like desert. Very well composed with lovely colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-07 5:06]

Hello Bob,
Very nice image my friend and thank you for all the help in showing us where to go, its been fantastic. Your old home town of Mendocino is fantastic. Going south from there yesterday we had lunch at a beach with singing pebbles.

Hi Bob,
Now I know what you meant with the "Bob Yesterday" feel. You also got sandy feel.
The emptyness in the photo is very effective, it allows full concentration on the misterious human prints and the wonderful blanket of clouds. Both sand and clouds channel the eyes straight toward the horizon.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-09-07 8:59]

Hello Bob, superb shot and wonderful landscape. I am amazed how the shot is taken and you have presented it well. Ganesh

Hello Bob,

The image conveys well the feeling of vastness and endless plains!
The simplicity of the image is very appealing to my eyes, fine texture in the sand and good details in the sky...
Good colour palette, and the tracks tell the story of life!

Pablo -

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2657 W: 278 N: 4873] (19679)
  • [2008-09-07 19:01]

Beautiful image Bob,
The contrasting colors of the sand and the sky really compliment each other. Exposure is perfect and the lighting has that wonderful softness to it which brings out the textures of the dunes very nicely. TFS.

It's a wonderful shot with such a good light and interesting sand. Very good work.
Best wishes,

Hi Bob
Simple and beautiful. Fantastic peaceful, simple landscape. Beautful grey sky with interesting texture I like it very much

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