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October 18, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Sand Dunes in Blue

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park

After leaving Santa Fe, we spent a couple of days camping at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. I wanted to photograph the dunes at sunrise. The temperatures had dropped into the teens in the early morning hours and iced the sculptured sand, making the trek up the dunes rather easy. It’s much easier to climb frozen dunes than to sink with every step into soft sand.

15 Comments

  1. Joanna Young / Oct 18 2008 3:18 am

    This is an incredible shot. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Anna Surface / Oct 18 2008 9:47 am

    Wow! Awesome capture! I love the curves and the blues in the shadows–in the ice crystals. Excellent. 🙂

  3. HeyJules / Oct 18 2008 12:10 pm

    Blue? Fantastic!

  4. Debi / Oct 18 2008 2:25 pm

    Stunning shot! Who knew there was blue in the desert? Beautiful, simply beautiful.

  5. ybonesy / Oct 18 2008 5:15 pm

    Gorgeous, Bo! Did you guys stay warm in your camper?

  6. Brenda Kula / Oct 18 2008 6:02 pm

    This is what I consider “majestic beauty!”
    Brenda

  7. montucky / Oct 18 2008 8:53 pm

    What a great shot! Beautiful scene: your timing was perfect!

  8. Amelia / Oct 18 2008 11:33 pm

    Blue is awesome.

  9. Robin / Oct 19 2008 10:56 am

    Beautiful capture. 🙂

  10. quinncreative / Oct 20 2008 4:05 pm

    Amazingly beautiful! Those shadows and ice are really something.

  11. QuoinMonkey / Oct 20 2008 4:14 pm

    Wow. I love this shot. Looks like a painting. Amazing.

  12. Anonymous / Oct 20 2008 4:50 pm

    I love the picture of the dunes – the shadow and ice looks amazing!

  13. ankush / Oct 20 2008 7:19 pm

    wow, that is an awesome shot!

  14. Gandalf / Oct 23 2008 4:26 pm

    It’s almost as if the sand is whipped mocha swirled and frozen.

  15. Deborah Carr / Nov 28 2008 5:52 pm

    sweeping…chilled…and frosted. Worth getting up for.

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