Joy today: Sifting the sands of the desert

I’ve got a lot of photos and video to sort through from my trip to the Middle East. These videos are among my favorites that I took.The sand is so fine in the Empty Quarter of the UEA that it traps a lot of air. When you go off-roading on the sand, the air gets released by the pressure of the tires and makes a sound similar to whale songs (or Jurassic Park!).

The sand literally looks like oil paint as it glides down the dunes. The winds were wicked and give the sands a misty quality, as if the stories and souls of the sands are being released.

Naveen Narayanan from Weekends with Albert is driving as we track extreme desert explorer, Max Calderan, through the desert. These videos are completely unedited – just raw footage.