To me one of the most interesting things about a painting location are the shadows. I get much more excited about painting a landscape that has dappled sunlight or long, cool, morning or end-of-day shadows. Especially on the sand where you have the obvious warm/cool dynamic.
While hiking around in the dunes looking for a painting last week, the afternoon sun was creeping westward and I came across this view.
Footprints in the dune, oil, 10" x 8"