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The White Sand Dunes, or Bau Trang (White Lake) is the top attraction at Mui Ne, after the beach itself. The massive, saharan dunes lay 65 km NE of Phan Thiet. The dunes range from gold to pure white (red dunes may be found further south at Mui Ne village)

A very impressive and exhilarating site. I have seen sand dunes in Death valley but here the sand covers an even larger area. There is some vegetation near the lake, the rest is how I imagine the Sahara desert. In early March it was really hot and on that particular day the wind was blowing with strength and was erasing detail on the dunes. I had to hide my camera in a plastic bag and to only get it out to take photos.

f16 1/125th sec zoom at 70mm polarising filter crop in Photofiltre

This is a bit different to the photos of life on the beach at Mui Ne and I hope youll like it as well.
Thank you for all your comments, advice, suggestions and votes.

Have a pleasant evening,

Tags: Photo journalism Vietnam Landscape and travel Bin thuan province Bau trang Hong lam hamlet Hoa thang village Bac binh district

Voters: jaktis, John Giddings, jonny250 and 47 more

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jaktis 15 84 Sweden
6 Jul 2008 7:10PM
A hard environment for cameras


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SueTurner 14 81 3 England
6 Jul 2008 7:23PM
superb set of images
malarszk 13 25 1 Scotland
6 Jul 2008 8:07PM
It looks stark and bleak..fascinating image
GrahamBaines 12 39 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 8:09PM
Love the dune photos Jean-Noel, very simple but also very effective.

bayleaf 11 8 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 8:16PM
Amazing set of images

Ray42 11 3 England
6 Jul 2008 8:51PM
A harsh environment for camera and photographer - very effective work
Bob_V 11 1 2 United States
6 Jul 2008 9:02PM
A fantastic set of wonderful images.
piccy 13 8 Wales
6 Jul 2008 9:52PM
Lovely set - I like the first with the letterbox crop.
Gaucho 17 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2008 10:12PM
Jean-Noel, wonderful photographs, particularly the dunes. Beautifully graphic.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
6 Jul 2008 10:30PM
Some wonderful landscapes you've captured here, I really like versions 1 and 4. Those figures in v1 give one a real sense of scale, and the colours are simply terrific in v4 the Oasis one
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
7 Jul 2008 12:49AM
Really like these, what a curious place?!

photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
7 Jul 2008 3:48AM
Amazing shots JNC, v4 for me. Excellent work.
pascalg 12 37 France
7 Jul 2008 6:15AM
superb series !
crop in #3 is striking...
GlenD 12 United States
7 Jul 2008 9:11AM
Brill set of Images Jean Noel. dunes look a super place to visit
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 9:16AM
Love the crop in V1.
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
7 Jul 2008 9:54AM
Good sense of scale in #1. Really love #3
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2008 1:18PM
I like the lines and curves in v1 very much
faraidoon 11 1 Afghanistan
7 Jul 2008 3:44PM
A lovely shot and capture i like the sharpness and colors all arround.
Jouo 15 56 Finland
7 Jul 2008 8:01PM

8 Jul 2008 2:06AM
Magnificent, JN. Great series of shots.
Scaramanga Plus
11 57 6 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 5:54PM
Brilliant love V1.
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 6:51PM
These are all very nice!
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
9 Jul 2008 8:24PM
Spectacular, Jean. Ron.
alliec 13 1 3
10 Jul 2008 11:06PM
Wonderful shot.

31 Dec 2008 7:30PM
i love this

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