THE SUBMARINE
aperture
16
shutter
1/160
focal
400
iso
800

This was a particular area made up of a coarse sand of light color, furrowed by grooves of about 1 cm. There were several elegant small dunes of about 7-8 cm, which created some wonderful designs such as those shown here

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PURPLE ARCH
aperture
10
shutter
1/40
focal
22
iso
800

I was going through the bed of an ephemeral melting river of Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland.
At that time the river was not there, but the silt left on the bottom was still wet.
Fantastic shapes were created thanks to the flow of water and its subsequent withdrawal.
Here I photographed a wonderful arch formed by tiny purple mineral particles, from which branches off a delicate texture of light and dark muddy lines.

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SPLENDENT LIFE
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5
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1/100
focal
40
iso
400

This picture is a tribute to life and nature, in this sunny wadi with the surface fractured in this extraordinary puzzle finely painted of pink and orange, had sprung a small plant that had somehow found a bit ‘of water to be born: unbelievable!

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WIND POWER
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16
shutter
1/320
focal
40
iso
640

Nature is amazing in creating beautiful compositions, here we see the sand accumulated on a smooth rocky terrain, which seems an Erg, with dunes and sebke seen from above, but the footprint of the fennec brings us back to reality and the proper size

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WHITE CRAQUELURE
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4.5
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1/200
focal
40
iso
1000

This picture, was taken in the afternoon of a partly cloudy day in the bottom of a dry oued; the plot of the cracks in the mud looks like the craquelure of a XIV century painting. The surface of the mud is a pale pink, but it is slightly reflective and in some areas you can see the light blue of the sky

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VERTICAL MUD
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11
shutter
1/60
focal
40
iso
800

I was going through the bed of an ephemeral melting river of Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland.
At that time the river was not there, but the silt left on the bottom was still wet and had created fantastic shapes. Here I seemed to see a strange and slow small waterfall reproduced in the mud, that I happened to see many years before in Zion N.P. that is possible to see in my collection.

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VEINS IN THE SAND
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11
shutter
1/200
focal
300
iso
640

Waiting for the car of some friends, I discovered this strange and high dune of apricot colored sand that had on the base this band of purple sand characterized by abundant veins of different sizes. It ‘amazing how the veins begin in the purple, while the top is soft and slightly horizontally streaked.

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THE SIDESLIP
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13
shutter
1/250
focal
400
iso
800

This was a particular area made up of a coarse sand of light color, furrowed by grooves of about 1 cm. There were several elegant small dunes of about 7-8 cm, which created some wonderful designs such as those shown here

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THE PINE
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22
shutter
1/250
focal
40
iso
800

In some areas within dry wadi, you can see the tails of some muddy formations that take a special wedge shape. This tail of white mud on a bed of cinnamon-colored sand, looks like a pine tree.

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THE PASSAGE
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22
shutter
1.3
focal
84
iso
100

The night before I had camped near a beautiful waterfall in the hope of being able to photograph the next morning, but when I got up it was raining and the sky was leaden.
Along the shores of the river, I found a loop in which the mud had been wonderfully modeled by the current and the water was milky. Striations, colors, and the modeling of mud fascinated me, and despite the bad light, I managed to make beautiful photographs.

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THE BILLOWS
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20
shutter
1/160
focal
320
iso
800

It was an afternoon with the sky veiled with clouds, when looking for a good place to camp for the night, I found this area of low dunes composed of coarse sand perpendicularly streaked to the prevailing wind, meanwhile the waning sun had fallen under the veil of clouds and illuminating the scene created this exceptional show: seemed to see cracked wood.

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THE BALL FISH
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16
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1/160
focal
34
iso
640

Anyone who has been in the desert know that during the stops that are made to rest after many hours of driving, sooner or later you start to look at the ground to try pebbles of different shapes and colors. This picture was taken during one of those stops, I was in an area of ​​sandstone and I found this handful of multicolored pebbles, lying on a bed of golden sand in a depression of amaranth sandstone, in the shape of a fish ball complete with eyes and mouth

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THE BABY
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9
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1/100
focal
260
iso
800

I was driving along a track in the north of Myrdalsjokull volcano,
when I found a depression in a snowfield that was melting.
The surface was drawn by black volcanic sand and dirty ground, In addition some areas had melted, forming some holes: this condition created a spectacular graphism!

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SULFURY BUBBLES
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16
shutter
1/40
focal
105
iso
400

I was in Yellowstone National Park and I was admiring the Grand Prismatic Spring, when I was attracted by this feather fall in the spring, his dark presence in contrast with the orange background was interesting, made ​​a dynamic composition and simultaneously made ​​it clear that the background was something of natural.

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SPIRAL OF ICE
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22
shutter
3.2
focal
85
iso
100

I walked along the beach of Jokulsarlon in Iceland, littered fo iceberg and busy photographers. The light was gray, diffuse and not very intense, so I decided it was perfect for photographing details. I began to see the icebergs with different eyes and immediately appeared to me to portray many scenes. This wonderful play of lines in the transparent ice, did shine through here and there the pebbles of the beach
and gave off at the same time some strange blue reflections; I made many shots, this is my favorite!

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SPARKLING OR ALMOST FLAT?
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20
shutter
1/80
focal
29
iso
1600

At sunset the light was special and in this landscape I was struck by the very different characteristics and colors of sand, apricot-colored and strongly ridged sand on the plain in front and tobacco-colored, rough and studded with this microdune in foreground

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SPADES OF STONES
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22
shutter
8
focal
105
iso
100

This scene portrayed in Iceland, on the beach of Jokulsarlon littered with icebergs, struck me for two things: the first one because the erosion of the ice had produced a strange streaked and opaque surface in a large piece of ice otherwise perfectly transparent, the second because erosion had reproduced the shape of the symbol of spades in playing cards.

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SLOW WATER
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9
shutter
1/50
focal
200
iso
320

I was in Zion National Park, when I was hit by a small waterfall flowing very slowly on a very steep dark gray rocky surface . It seemed that there was gel instead of water,
given the low speed with which the foam was moving.

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SHINING LITTLE FALLS
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18
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1/40
focal
260
iso
400

I was walking on one of the boardwalks of Yellowstone Park, when the sparkle of the water caused by these micro waterfalls attracted my attention, only the glitter made ​​it clear that the water was flowing and there was a little difference at each line

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SANDY LAVA
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18
shutter
1/40
focal
17
iso
1600

I walked near a large orange barcana when close to one of its ends, I found these sand spits fired by the evening sun, that seemed lava: spectacular!

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SAND'S WAWES
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13
shutter
1/125
focal
200
iso
1000

When I am in the desert, often in the morning I like to walk around the camp looking for particular graphics views, that morning I discovered a strange dune with the ridge not sharpened and especially interrupted by a depression, the effect of the shadow in the depression created a very special effect

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SAND-BLASTING
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22
shutter
1/60
focal
105
iso
800

Iceland, gray day, I was in a anonymous small beach, but walking nearby, I found this beautiful trunk brought by the storms which was partially covered and showed clear signs of sand blasting that stand out the plot.

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SAND OR SNOW?
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16
shutter
1/125
focal
65
iso
800

I was driving along a track in the north of Myrdalsjokull volcano,
when I found a depression in a snowfield that was melting. The surface was drawn by black volcanic sand and
as occurs in sandy deserts, it is hard to tell if white is in high relief or low relief: the interpretation up to you ….

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SAND AND STONE
aperture
16
shutter
1/125
focal
40
iso
640

During a break in mid-afternoon, I found a rock layer of a wonderful brown, interrupted by a slot full of golden sand, I had the feeling of being on the plane and watch a plateau interrupted by a long valley

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SALTED BLOOD
aperture
22
shutter
1/80
focal
70
iso
400

It was a hot day in the Libyan Erg of Awbari, the sand was very soft and the car was often in trouble, but at lunch time we arrived at the lake Trouna. The lake was salty, the water red and on its banks there was a crust of salt that looked like ice.

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RED STONE
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29
shutter
10
focal
150
iso
100

This image portrayed on the beach of Jokulsarlon in Iceland, it struck me because in a small iceberg perfectly clear, there was a funnel shaped cavity, filled with water, with inside a nice red pebble that immediately drew attention.

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RAINBOW SPRAY
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8
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1/2000
focal
400
iso
400

The Iceland is full of waterfalls, here I was in Svartifoss but there was little water. That still fell, exploded on the rocks accumulated at the base and created a spray that in that time was colored due to a lucky ray of sunlight.

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PETRIFIED SURPRISE
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16
shutter
1/160
focal
40
iso
640

During a snack break, I was attracted by these 3 holes full of yellow sand in a background of brown sandstone: I gave the impression to see a surprised face

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PEBBLES IN THE MUD
aperture
11
shutter
1/60
focal
40
iso
800

I was going through the bed of an ephemeral melting river of Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland.
At that time the river was not there, but the silt left on the bottom was still wet. Fantastic shapes were created thanks to the flow of water and its subsequent withdrawal. Here I picture the soft geometries created from the mud in which the pebbles suggests the direction in which the water previously flowed.

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OIL SPRING
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11
shutter
1/40
focal
400
iso
800

I was walking on a path to get a closer look of the Exit Glacier, the trail wound its way through the forest and at one point was interrupted by a small spring. The show was amazing, the water flowed very slowly and took a beautiful green color because of the reflection of the leaves of the forest above, the stones were wet color of the sky, but what surprised me was that the water looked like olive oil seemed thick and the colors were very vivid

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MUDDY REFLEX
aperture
22
shutter
1/200
focal
105
iso
400

In life it takes luck, that day I wanted to go to the Exit Glacier, but I remained 2 hours to photograph a small spring, returning to the car I came upon a stream that had recently dried up leaving the bottom of wonderful bronze metallic mud, the reflections was wonderful and I remained another hour to photograph this scene

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MUD'S CRAQUELURE
aperture
16
shutter
1/500
focal
33
iso
640

This is one of my favorite photos, taken in the afternoon of a partly cloudy day in the bottom of a puddle dry; the plot of the cracks in the mud looks like the craquelure of a painting of 1800, the pale brown color speckled with light reflections and dark stains, punctuation given by the small black balls, create a relaxing composition

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MUD SPINE
aperture
16
shutter
1/40
focal
29
iso
1600

Years before I had the chance to admire the graveyard of dinosaurs in Algeria, where I was struck by a black fossil spine long about 5 meters sits on the sand. Here on the muddy bottom of a melting river of Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland, I felt the same emotion in front of this clear arc of mud on a background of dark silt.

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MINERAL EMBRACE
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16
shutter
1/250
focal
33
iso
400

This is another landscape that fascinated me, sand and rock mingle in a warm embrace, the surface streaks of sand continues through the rock, giving the feeling that the rock was transformed into sand in a kind of “evaporation”

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MICROMUD
aperture
11
shutter
1/100
focal
40
iso
800

I was going through the bed of an ephemeral melting river of Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland.
At that time the river was not there, but the silt left on the bottom was still wet. Here I photographed the soft geometries created from mud, it is interesting to see the light and dark and the difference in size of the pleats created by the “simple” flow of water …..

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LITTLE OUEDS
aperture
16
shutter
1/100
focal
40
iso
400

I was in an area where the rocky soil was eroded in a particular way, such as to make it look like the skin of a wrinkled elephant, walking around I found these cracks filled with golden and finely crested sand intersect the rough surface of the ground, contrast and composition were fantastic

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LITTLE ISLAND
aperture
22
shutter
2.5
focal
84
iso
100

The night before I had camped near a beautiful waterfall in the hope of being able to photograph the next morning,but when I got up it was raining and the sky was leaden.
Along the shores of the river, I found a loop in which the mud had been wonderfully modeled by the current and the water was milky. Striations, colors, and the modeling of mud fascinated me and despite the bad light, I managed to make beautiful photographs.

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JEWELS IN THE SAND
aperture
16
shutter
1/125
focal
39
iso
640

Anyone who has been in the desert know that during the stops that are made to rest after many hours of driving, sooner or later you start to look at the ground to try pebbles of different shapes and colors. This picture was taken during one of those stops, I was in an area of ​​sandstone and I found this handful of multicolored pebbles lying on a bed of golden sand in a depression of amaranth sandstone: a show!

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ICED TIARA
aperture
32
shutter
4
focal
100
iso
250

During the winter, in the month of December, the mountain streams have always interesting topics. In this streamlet of  Alto Adige, I found this beautiful and colorful round rock, around which was formed this interesting crown of ice that looked like a glittering tiara

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FROZEN LIGHT
aperture
40
shutter
1.6
focal
400
iso
100

During the winter, in the month of December, the mountain streams have always interesting topics. This curious formation of ice interested me for the extension on the water surface and the shape of its edge; at some point the field of dry grass near the stream was illuminated by the sun and its reflection lit up the ice which then became of an extraordinary blue-orange color.

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FREEZING DROP
aperture
22
shutter
13
focal
85
iso
100

Was a very cold winter and I was staying for a few days in a beautiful village in the Dolomites, crossed by a beautiful stream that because of the great frost had formed a myriad of fantastic ice formations. Light filtered vertically through the gap in the trees and lit in a special way the icing, giving a nice feeling of volume, accentuated by the colored background of the stream that can be seen through the water

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EARTH'S EYE 2
aperture
22
shutter
1/320
focal
38
iso
800

It ‘s fascinating to see how it behaves the mud when it dries, in this case I was in Algeria on a narrow oued of the Adrar Hanet and found this curious subject. Looks like an eye, with lots of lashes; the mud was thin and very clear, and the sand below was orange: spectacular!

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EARTH'S EYE
aperture
22
shutter
1/500
focal
105
iso
640

It ‘s fascinating to see how it behaves the mud when it dries, in this case I was in Morocco on a narrow track of the High Atlas and found this curious subject. Looks like an eye, with lots of lashes; one part was dried, another part was cracked but it was still wet on the surface, the surface was irregular due to rain on mud already dried, fantastic!

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DENSE WATER
aperture
40
shutter
1/2
focal
400
iso
400

A small spring blocked the way along the path to get the Exit Glacier, the water flowed slowly and created a strange design on small stones on its way, so as to make it look like oil, the color was blue and green due to reflections of the leaves and the sky that hung over the scene, a small leaf was placed on a wet rock: I remained a couple of hours to shoot this scene.

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CAPILLARY
aperture
16
shutter
1/80
focal
300
iso
640

Waiting for the car of some friends, I discovered this strange and high dune of apricot colored sand that had on the base this band of purple sand characterized by abundant veins of different sizes.It ‘amazing how the veins begin in the purple, while the top is soft and slightly mottled with beige sand on the surface

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BURNING SAND
aperture
36
shutter
1/60
focal
180
iso
800

I was in Libya and that night I camped in an anonymous place. In the morning while I waited for my friends, wandered nearby and found that the slanting light on a small dune created this pattern like a flame, it was interesting

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BRIGHT PEARLS
aperture
36
shutter
1/3
focal
400
iso
100

Was a very cold winter and I was staying for a few days in a beautiful village in the Dolomites, in a near stream there were some fantastic ice formations. The sky was overcast, but the light could filter through the trees and associated with the dark background of the stream, it could shine the ice as the most precious of diamonds

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BORDER
aperture
22
shutter
1/400
focal
105
iso
640

It ‘s fascinating to see how it behaves the mud when it dries, in this case I was in Morocco on a narrow track of the High Atlas and found this curious subject. One part was dried and was flaking and crumpling on itself, another part was cracked but it was still wet on the surface, the surface was irregular due to rain on mud already dried, in short, a world to discover.

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BLUE WAWES
aperture
11
shutter
1/3
focal
400
iso
100

I was in Romania, driving in a valley with steep walls, when I noticed that one side was in shadow, while the other was illuminated by the sun. I looked into the river and the water was colored in yellow, blue and green, I composed the image so as to give the impression that it was a painting

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AMAZED FACE
aperture
22
shutter
1/2
focal
58
iso
640

I was in the Indian Reserve where there is one of the most beautiful canyons in the world, the place is great, because when it is noon, the light is able to penetrate deep through the narrow opening, illuminating with fantastic colors the sandstone of the walls. It seems to be underwater, the bottom of the canyon reaches only the cold light that tends to color of purple, while near the top the light colors the walls of yellow and orange. But the day I was staying there, there seemed to be a gathering of all Japanese photographers and photograph the canyon was really hard.

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LIQUID ARROW
aperture
5.6
shutter
1/160
focal
400
iso
1250

I really like the water, but especially the light that is reflected. I was in Romania, driving in a valley with steep walls, when I noticed that one side was in shadow, while the other was illuminated by the sun. I looked into the river and the water was colored in yellow, blue and green, I composed the image to create a strong visual effect based on the colors: this is the result

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WOOD'S SAND
aperture
14
shutter
1/160
focal
400
iso
1250

This photo was taken in a very special place, I was on top of the volcano Waw an Namus in Libya, within the crater in addition to several lakes, there are some areas of white sand with volcanic lapilli above, that having a weight lower floaton the sand, the wind divides the sands of different weight and color forming these incredible landscapes that look like wood.

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ELEGANCE
aperture
20
shutter
1/125
focal
400
iso
800

This was a particular area made up of a coarse sand of light color, furrowed by grooves of about 1 cm. There were several elegant small dunes of about 7-8 cm, which created some wonderful designs such as those shown here

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LIGHT'S BIRD
aperture
16
shutter
1/2
focal
105
iso
1000

In our mountains there is an area full of small canyons in which flows streams, that day I was in Val di Piero when I saw some strange reflections on the water, the blue of the sky and orange of dried grass of the near mountain, were combined to create this image that in my head looks like a bird with its wings and tail explained. Some minutes later, changing the lens, it slipped into the water, putting an end to my day of shooting.

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PLISSETS
aperture
16
shutter
1/125
focal
400
iso
1000

The trip was almost finished, I was on the way back, when the police stopped me to a barrage retiring passport, forcing me to spend the night near the barracks. Nearby were the offshoots of the Great Eastern Erg, with a wonderful orange sand, so I decided to take advantage of the forced stop to take some pictures, the show was sublime!

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ALIEN
aperture
16
shutter
1/60
focal
285
iso
100

At the end of this strange little transparent iceberg, lying on the black beach of Jokulsarlon in Iceland, I saw the rainbow colors magically appear during a fleeting glimpse of the sun. Fixed gear, I adjusted the exposure and patiently awaited a new ray of sunshine, but when it came, coincided with the arrival of a more impetuous wave that in addition to get my feet wet, sent haywire the exposure that I had previously set, giving a special black appearance to the scene, but making it even clearer that small area of color that I decided to photograph.

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