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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 didnīt 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, vocÍ tŠ 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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