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I grew up around mountains and water: the streams and lakes in New Hampshire's White Mountains in the Appalachians, and the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod to Maine. Then just before I entered high school my family moved West, where the Sierra Nevada and the Pacific Ocean offered new horizons to explore. More recently I've become attached to exotic desert landscapes, especially the sand dunes and salt flats in Death Valley.

I rarely see footprints in this area, which makes it very attractive for photography. Perhaps that's because the access can involve deep sand, where even 4WD vehicles sometimes get mired and have to dig or get towed out. It's nice in this increasingly crowded world, and in a state with population skyrocketing past 37 million, that there are still some quiet and relatively pristine places left.

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