Desert landscape is the rarest type of landscape subtypes. Way more photographers tend to go hiking into mountains or to the beach. It makes desert pictures even more unique.
The desert is a portion of barren land with little to no precipitation. Such area is not comfortable for most animals and plants as well as humans. Deserts cover 11% of the land or 20% including polar desert. The classification distinguishes trade wind, mid-latitude, rain shadow, coastal, monsoon or polar deserts.
Preparations are essential when you go hiking in a desert. Obviously, you need lots of water, and it’s better to take more than less. Also, you need to do some research to figure if there are any snakes in the area. Same as with other hikes you may need a compass and a map and a solar charger for your phone. And of course a sunscreen. It may seem like a good idea to go bare feet, but I strongly advise against it – the sand is not that soft as it looks and by the end of the day you will surely have blisters.
Unlike the ocean, I don’t feel the need to be in the desert very often, but sometimes I just have to go. What I love about the desert is its silence and serenity. It’s so much different to the silence of the mountains! It is hard to explain, but the desert silence is serene and absolute, it covers and hugs you and drains away all your worries and stress and revives you. Part of my philosophy is an identification with what I shoot. So if I shoot ocean for a few months, I feel like I have too much water inside and then I need to go to the desert to dry out.
And the best part is the wind. It whispers and rustles as thousands of sand particles fly and rub against each other.
This is really simple in this case. All desert landscape photos originate from Port Stephens, New South Wales, Australia.
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