First time i ever visited Death Valley was in 2013. I was blown away at how understated yet complicated the textures of the land are. From the soft warm dunes, to the miles of salty plains, I needed to hike the tallest dune before the sun rised. The air above has a chill but as i hiked up to the top of the dune barefooted, i could feel the cool soft top layer of sand hit your feet, I immediately felt the warmth of the sand underneath. At that point I realize why the is is one of the warmest regions in the world, as I stood there feeling the cool breeze of morning wind, I could feel the past days heat radiating from the ground below. As I continued up, I could see the sky shift in colors, colors that were so vivid they seemed neon like.
As I look around, I could see all the shadows of the untouched grainy dunes shift. Within a few seconds of the sun rising out from the mountain peaks, you feel and see the environment around you change. As the sun rises, my eyes were wide eyed as i observed all the shadows dramatically moving, the sky is quick changing colors, the heat from the sun warming your skin. What i experience was what Death Valley had to offered during sunrise. This is the Death Valley i will forever have a connection with.