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Juniper Dunes Wilderness

These are some pics from March 04 and March 06 trips out to the Juniper Dunes Wilderness in Central Washington. The weather both times was warm and sunny with a bit of haze. While Washington has sand, albeit in the form of wet beaches along the Pacific Ocean, as well as its fair share of shrub steppe desert in the Columbia Basin area, this is one of the few locations where you find both sand and desert together in the Evergreen state. The dunes aren't really what you would call spectacular, they are fairly modest in size and mixed in with varying amounts of light vegetation as well as some steppe desert in addition to the namesake Western Junipers. Nevertheless, it's still much different visually than the scenery of even your prototypical Central Washington desert hike. The most enjoyable part of the dunes in terms of photography is the patterns of shape they take and the animal tracks that traverse the dunes:
Sand Slope
Sand Slope
Closeup Camouflaged Frog
Closeup Camouflaged Frog
B & W Ryegrass Dunes
B & W Ryegrass Dunes
Farm Patterns
Farm Patterns
Juniper Berries
Juniper Berries
More Dunes Shapes
More Dunes Shapes
Sage Brush
Sage Brush
Sand Frog
Sand Frog
Desert Scene
Desert Scene
Sand Patterns and Bug Tracks
Sand Patterns and Bug Tracks
No Rattle
No Rattle
Sun Lit Plant
Sun Lit Plant
Dune Forming
Dune Forming
Bug on Bush
Bug on Bush
Bug On Sand
Bug On Sand
Grasses and Sand
Grasses and Sand
Late Afternoon Shadows
Late Afternoon Shadows
Camouflage
Camouflage
Another Farm Pattern
Another Farm Pattern
Footprints
Footprints
Growing Anyway
Growing Anyway
Shrub Steppe Scenery
Shrub Steppe Scenery
Start of Dune Slope
Start of Dune Slope
Going up the First Dune
Going up the First Dune
Arcing Dune Lines
Arcing Dune Lines
Slitherer
Slitherer
Waves and Stubborn Plant
Waves and Stubborn Plant
Juniper Group
Juniper Group
Distant Farmland
Distant Farmland
Dune Shadows with Grasses
Dune Shadows with Grasses
Wave Patterns
Wave Patterns
Single Juniper
Single Juniper
Sky, Brush and Dunes
Sky, Brush and Dunes
Sage Brush
Sage Brush
Growing Shadows
Growing Shadows
Ridge Crest
"Ridge Crest"
Spring Bloom
Spring Bloom
Dunes and Bushes
Dunes and Bushes
Yellow Flowers
Yellow Flowers
More Tracks in Sand
More Tracks in Sand