Sand Dunes – Two Scenic Images

Sand Dune at Fort De Soto in early morning lightSand Dune at Fort De Soto in early morning light – Nikon D70, handheld, f6.3, 1/160, ISO 200, Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 70mm

While looking through my archives a few days ago I came across two images, one of sand dunes at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida and the other of sand dunes on Antelope Island State Park in Utah. I remember that I took both images because I loved the sky, the vegetation on the dunes and how they both make me feel so connected to these two locations that I am deeply attached to.

I created the image above while walking Fort De Soto’s north beach early in the morning of July 20, 2007, the sun had crested the horizon and had just begun to light up the dunes. Although Fort De Soto has many dunes covered with beautiful Sea Oats, in this image I liked how the Sea Purslane hugged the dune and how the tips of the plants seemed to glow with the early morning light. The sunlight had not yet lit up the surface of the Gulf of Mexico but had started to light up the tops of the storm clouds hanging in a bank off of the coast.

When I look at this image I can smell the salty air, the sand under my feet, the breeze ruffling my hair and the warmth of the sun’s rays warming my back.

Fort De Soto County Park is one of my favorite locations to photograph birds, scenery and clouds. More of my thoughts about Fort De Soto can be read here “My Love Affair with Fort De Soto“.

Sand Dunes on Antelope Island State Park, UtahSand Dunes on Antelope Island State Park, Utah – Nikon D200, handheld, f11, 1/500, ISO 400, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm

I was camping on Antelope Island State Park when I photographed the image above the evening of March 30, 2011. I thought the sky was captivating with the swirly, layered clouds against the warm tones of the sand and the yet to green up Sagebrush and Rabbitbrush that grow on the oolitic sand dunes there. So very different from the dunes at Fort De Soto but they are equally appealing to me.

Antelope Island State Park is another of my favorite locations to go to photograph, it seems I always find something to catch my eye and tug at my heart there. I recently did a three-part series of articles I titled “Wild and Wonderful – Antelope Island State Park” on the scenery, the wildlife and the birds. I could not fit it all into one article.

Just two simple images from two different locations that whisper “home” to me.



  1. Julie Brown May 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

    A nice contrast between the two scenes. All of your posts from Fort De Soto makes me think that I need to go there on my next trip to Florida!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Julie, you won’t regret going to Fort De Soto, it is awesome for bird photography and scenery too. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Susan May 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Love the first most of all, both beautiful photos. I can tell you really love the place by the photos alone.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you Susan, I do love both of these locations, they make me happy just seeing my images of them.

  3. Bob Zeller May 11, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Two wonderful landscapes, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks Bob, I am blessed to see SO many incredible natural places.

  4. Tammy Karr May 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Two stunning photos Mia! I can certainly see why these places are favorites of yours!!

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you Tammy, I am glad you enjoyed these two images.

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