These otherworldly photos of massive sand structures were taken right here in New York City. Photographer Stéphane Missier aka Charles le Brigand tells ANIMAL that the “crazy moon-like landscape and dunes” can be found at the “Jacob Riis Beach parking lot in the Rockaways,” and stand as an “eerie” reminder to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The site is also off limits. “I took a couple of shots before getting kicked out.”

(Photos: Stéphane Missier aka Charles le Brigand/Flickr)