Sunday, March 05, 2006

Dune and shoe

Ever have one of those days when you’re crossing the desert and you lose a shoe? Actually, this photo was taken at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina. In the background to the right is Jockey’s Ridge, the largest natural sand dune on the east coast of the U.S. The continually shifting dune stands anywhere from 90 to 120 feet in height, depending on conditions and is quite a long trek from either of two parking lots located in the park.

At some point, the wearer of this shoe (and its mate lying close by) decided that having one’s feet covered in black material in sand that can reach temperatures of up to 130 degrees was more of a liability than a help. The fact that the shoes were abandoned altogether instead of carried may be a clue to the amount of contempt the wearer was directing toward them and his feet at the time. Who knows?

Just hoping your Monday goes a lot better for you than it did for the poor sand trekker who ditched his shoes.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.

5 comments:

kristal said...

Love it!

Cat said...

Wonderful photo. :)

Snoo said...

Very nice. I like being so close to the sand.

Empress Baggie said...

Sand squeaks when you walk on it, especially barefoot ... makes my hair stand on end ...

Why isn't there a way to enjoy a day at the beach without sand?

But then the photographs wouldn't be nearly as nice, like this one.

James said...

Thanks, all.

Snoo, I'm glad you noticed how close to the sand this photo is. I was lying on my stomach while taking this. Good thing it was early in the morning and the sun had not yet brought the sand up to full temperature!

Empress, no matter how hard you try, you always brings some sand back with you. I still have sand in my camera bag from this trip last September.