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Thunder in the Silence by michaelanderson Thunder in the Silence by michaelanderson
Lencois Maranhenses Dunes, Northeast Brazil.

A powerful thunderstorm darkens the sky over the dunes of Lencois Maranhenses National Park. I spent three days trekking barefoot fifty miles across the dunes in May, 2010. 'Lencois Maranhenses' or 'the sheets of Maranhao' are an immense coastal dunefield near the delta of the Amazon River. The drenching rains from powerful equatorial thunderstorms fill the depressions in the dunefield with crystalline fresh water lakes which makes the area unique among the great landscapes of the world. The dark shadows of passing storm clouds create spectacular patterns of light on the snow white dunes, illuminating the clear aquamarine lakes while cracks of thunder break the silence of the landscape, adding to the surreal beauty. I was utterly captivated by the delicate patterns in the sand, the tropical breeze, the silence, the star filled skies and the immense emptiness of this amazing land.
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jenfire1212 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
other-worldly, profound thanks for sharing..
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M-M-X Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011   Photographer
Any chance of getting this as a wallpaper? (at least 1680x1050)
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Professional
The place looks astonishing.
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Wow NICE!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new exhibition...[link]
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poppywaters Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Powerful and beautiful image, and as Noor-al-Haqiqa so rightly says, reading your descriptions adds to the depth of imagrey..I so want to be there!
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Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Not only do you capture us with the beauty of your images... but descriptions like above bring them to life... it is again... a surreal moonscape...
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Zrobway Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Spectacular Image! So calm with amazing composition and clarity.
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:iconpsyfre:
psyfre Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Such a stunning image. So powerful yet so subtle !
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Svision Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Very good composition. Really creates that intimate landscape.
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sweety15267 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Interface Designer
absolutely mesmerizing, and such a beautiful story!! reminds me of the dunes on Fano, Denmark, just much bigger <3
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katu01 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup: :nod:
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AquaticOcean Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PERFECTION! :iconclapplz:
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
I'm out words here,.....:+fav:!!!! your vision is so inspiring.
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hhryah Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Beautiful colors and composition.
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Sweet Shot
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Innubis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Ethernal
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MaphiuLuta Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
it's really wonderful...i really liked the mood and the colours..
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Studio4496 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Wonderful, classic composition.
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Nanah66 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
A wonderful image, in my own country and I didn't know that.
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novar Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
amazing. Definitively a place i want to see =)
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SharonLeggDigitalArt Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my June 9, 2010 journal [link]
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SkullsCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely. :heart:
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Makkusa Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Surreal!!! I love how you shoot the approaching storm, it looks really threathening!
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JCapela Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that place is amazing
great shot :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Lovely composition.
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AlinaKurbiel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
wow
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful contrast of sky and sand! and beautiful sparkling water!

i absolutely love the way you emphasize the gorgeous curves,

perfectly cropped in this amazing surreal capture! :)
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PlanetaryButterfly Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Wow... so surreal! Who would have thought sand and water could be so beautiful?
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Whitestone,

I carried 5 charged batteries with me and tried not to use the LCD to review images very often- that actually burns battery faster than taking the photos. For anything less than 10 days, this system works OK. If you go somewhere wild for more than 5 days, analogue may still be the answer! Those solar chargers are heavy for solo trekking...
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whitestone Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Oh I'm glad I came back to check if you replied to my question, it didn't show up...
Thanks for answering, I really appreciate it! :)
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JonGoldie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Wow, trekking over land that is probably untouched by human presence, Awesome!
Photo fantastic, narrative mindblowing, cheers :D
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whitestone Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Besides the great shot and the wonderful experience you must have had, I was wondering what equipment did you bring with you... this shot looks digital, if that's the case, how did you manage to keep the camera operating? did you take a bunch of AA batteries with you or had a solar charger or something similar? I've always wondered what I would bring with me if I went in some remote land, and going all analog was my answer to that question.
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the-official-me Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Student
wow this place looks so peaceful despite the coming storm...
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Burton-Victim Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the duality !
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Ulgor Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
it's very nice
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I love the simplicity of this. Looks like an incredible place and I can almost feel that tropical breeze through the image
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Ev3OfTheEnd Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg beautiful!
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rocqua Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
amazing place!

I wonder how the area can remain a dessert with all that water.
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Sisck79 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I really want to visit this now, it is so amazing!
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010   Photographer
Love the simplicity of this image, it is very surreal.
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, incredibly intense looking storm, amazing!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Very nice. :-)
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Meema Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool.
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nigel-h Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Wonderful Michael, a study in line and light - and colour.
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
wonderful depth perspective and deep tones
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imaginisation-1992 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
wow this is nice, it reminds me of whitesunday beach, oz :) even though its brazil :P, so you went in may, did you travel just around that specific area?

Louise :).
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ImiPlaceVerde Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Truly stunning!!!
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in52fan9te25 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Great!
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georgiarose Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
Absolutely an amazing shot. I was lost in it for quite a long time and still want to revisit it again.
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