mahabis photography // sand dunes
The sands of time move slowly, as can be witnessed by watching the constant changes to the pattern of sand dunes. Kim Høltermand perfectly encapsulates this with her serene images of Råbjerg Mile, the largest migrating sand dune in Europe.
Råbjerg Mile moves an astonishing 18 metres north-easterly every year; a rate that may seem extensive, but is far too slow to be observed with the naked eye. As the dune makes its journey, its surface is constantly altered by the wind to produce a series of intricate and unique fleeting patterns.
Whilst documenting the movement of the dune through long-exposures of wind-swept sand and detail of the wave-like patterns that dance upon its surface, Høltermand also managed to perfectly encapsulate the remoteness and scale of the area. Silhouettes of visitors are dwarfed by the size of the dune, which has a surface area of one squared kilometre.
A far cry from the bustling nearby cities, the sand dune is the epitome of isolation. For those seeking solitude, a lone walk across the sand is the perfect way to unwind. Although Råbjerg Mile is visited by a high number of tourists, the curvature of the slopes creates small secluded bunkers in the landscape. These are ideal for places to sit and rest, or to shelter from the wind.
A destination for downtime, climb the sand dune on your own for a reflective experience. Find a space of your own at the top, where you can sit and rest and admire the view.