Photo of the Day 7 July 2008

Headlights, Imperial Sand Dunes, California, 2005
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig
Headlights stream up and down the fluid banks of Imperial Sand Dunes, southeast of California's Salton Sea, in this time exposure. An off-roaders' paradise, the dunes were blown from the dry bed of Lake Cahuilla, the sea's ancient ancestor. More than a million fans hit the dunes each year, pumping $54 million into local coffers. The cost? Brawls, fatal crashes, and run-ins with endangered species.