Photographing at Råbjerg Mile

Just returned from a week long vacation and photo trip to Skagen in the northern part of Denmark. I have always been fascinated and inspired by extreme landscapes and the coastal dune Råbjerg Mile is such a place. It's not the Namibian desert, but just as beautiful and difficult to photograph! I am sure that most Danes know of Europe's largest dune, located close to Skagen in the northern part of Jutland - a huge playground for kids of all ages!. Råbjerg Mile is in the middle of a magnificent and varied landscape that is constantly changing along with the dune, that is pounding down everything in its path. The place is full of magic, the light is fantastic and you feel small, in this inhospitable environment.

Today the great dune of Råbjerg Mile is left as a monument for future generations to understand the problem of sand dune drift. The sand at Råbjerg Mile is sprinkled with "stardust" or rather heavy sand, which gives a varied patterns and in some places a beautiful surface that resembles marble. 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. The area is an internationally important staging site for migrating birds. In early May the sky is full of birds, on their migration to Northern Scandinavia. I saw cranes every day, hundreds of buzzards, falcons, owls and an White-tailed eagle, and many other exciting birds, I usually don't see back 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. 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. Sand drift may have occurred for several reasons: First, there was a transition to cooler climate (called "the little ice age") and it meant that the sea pulled back, adding more sand beach, and its partly man-made with a more intensive use of livestock and peat cutting.

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)


Selfies, Råbjerg Mile, Great Sand Dunes of the North Sea Coast, Denmark, May 2016

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