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Serpentine by michaelanderson Serpentine by michaelanderson
A warm tropical sunrise illuminates the lakes and dunes of the Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil.

I was happy to see the sun again after a powerful thunderstorm rocked my campsite overnight. I had watched with trepidation as a towering wall of black clouds moved in toward me after sunset. Huge cracks of thunder were breaking the silence. A powerful wind kicked up and I realized I better set up my Bivi Sack before the wind made it impossible. Just as I got it set up, the purple rippled bottom of the thunderstorm let loose with driving rain. I dove into the Bivi and waited for the thunderstorm to pass, hoping to try a few starlight shots when it was over. But the storm didn´t stop. It grew stronger as the night turned utterly black. Lightning was flashing through the fabric of the Bivi and I could feel the sand underneath me vibrate with the thunder. Lightning and thunder were flashing and crashing every 20 seconds. I had set my bivi up on a fairly low spot in the dunes, but it was still pretty wild out there and I was flinching with every crack of thunder. It was surreal being alone out there, and the sky was SO black except for the sharp flashes of lightning. I finally fell asleep, wet and cold from a leak in my bivi bag. When I woke up again, the last stars had begun to fade and I could see the storm had finally drifted off to the far horizon. I quickly grabbed my camera out of a dry bag and made it to this spot just as the first warm rays of sunrise hit the dunes and the sand began to dry out...
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jesterglm Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow your photos are incredible.
andresT73 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a fantastic pic
voissane Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ei, vocę tá pertinho de mim! :D
Bela foto de um belo lugar ;)
marcuslewis Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Holy crap. I love these beach photos.
Rain-tear Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
And the most amazing part is that This place isnt really a beach.
It is more like an Oasis.
ratstats Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
love this one more!
tudor123 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
wow, is this real ???
ChiFeng-dA Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
mdiana Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
great story to accompany a truly great photo
yonashek Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
I am truly amazed by all those curves and lines with perfect light! beautiful!
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