Photographing at Råbjerg Mile

Just returned from a week long photo trip at Skagen in the northern part of Denmark.

I have always been fascinated and inspired by extreme landscapes and the migrating coastal dune Råbjerg Mile is such a place. It's not the Namibian desert, but just as beautiful and difficult to photograph!

In the first week of February I have been completely obsessed to get the best images of details and landscapes at this great place. The weather was a mixed bag, with clear frosty weather to start with and stormy rainy days later in the week. I think I've got a great and diverse collection of images with beautiful light, strong compositions in this extraordinary landscape, just a 3 hour drive from my home.

Råbjerg Mile is the largest moving parabolic dune in Northern Europe with an area of around 1 km² and a height of 40 meters. The dune contains a total of 4 million m³ of sand and the wind moves it in a north-easterly direction up to 18 meters a year. The dune leaves a low, moist layer of sand behind it, trailing back westwards towards the sea of Skagerrak, where the Mile originally formed more than 300 years ago.

Today the area is an internationally important staging site for migrating raptors and the central area of the Mile was purchased by the State in 1900, and after the Conservation of Nature Act in 1917 further surrounding areas were purchased. While the majority of dunes were stabilised by planting, the Råbjerg Mile was left for future generations to understand the problem of sand dune drift. (Wikipedia)

Jesper Tønning at Work, Råbjerg Mile - Great Sand Dunes of the North Sea Coast, Denmark

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