14 September, 2017
Our bus back to Lima was leaving in a couple of hours and we wanted to make one last trek into the desert before being thrown back into the crowds of the city. Gathering our backpacks and cameras, we began hiking up the massive dunes. If you walk in any direction here for even a short amount of time, you find yourself completely alone. Every now and again a dune buggy will appear in the distance, or you’ll see another group of hikers making their way to the top of a different dune. For the most part, however, you’re surrounded by nothingness. I remember standing in the powdery orange sand and watching the storm clouds roll in, their dark blues mixing with the pinks and yellows of the setting sun. I’ve seen plenty of beautiful sunsets before, but I’ve never experienced one exactly like this.
There’s something special about being surrounded by absolutely nothing but brilliant color; no obstructions, no noise, no anything. I felt like I was in a painting. Capturing times like these on camera has always been important to me because moments are very brief. Soon the sun fell behind the dunes and although we stayed for as long as possible, we too found ourselves rushing back into town to catch the bus back to the city.