During one of our many road trips to the American West, we stopped by the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. The sand dunes were new to me. Even though my hometown of Idaho Falls was fairly close by, I’d never been to the sand dunes before and didn’t even know that they existed. Considering that this section of eastern Idaho is all basalt, sand dunes just didn’t figure into my perception of what home really was.
However, once we parked in front of them, there was no denying that the sand dunes were right there in front of our eyes — so we spent most of the day exploring them and the surrounding area. This particular photo was taken on the northern side of the sand dunes, in an area devoid of anything but a rough dirt road and desert scrub… no houses, no fences, no property markers, no trees, no water… nothing except short bushes of aromatic sagebrush and isolated patches of tall dry grass.
Which makes the KEEP OUT sign all the more baffling… keep out of what, precisely? Keep out of trouble, perhaps? There was nothing to denote a property line. The only road was the one we were on, which was public, even if it was just dirt and poorly maintained. Not only that, but this was the only KEEP OUT sign to be found… weathered and forgotten.
St. Anthony Sand Dunes
St. Anthony, Idaho
Kodak TMAX 100 film
Voigtländer 15/4.5 ASPH lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera