I have now been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in all seasons and at different times of day. It fascinates me how each time has been different. This is what makes Photography interesting to me. No matter how many times you use the same subject matter, you can always find something different.
This pictures are from a few weeks ago, when my brother and I climbed the High Dune in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. If you ever get the chance to come and visit, I highly recommend climbing the Dune. Its a lot of work but a lot of fun. It took us about 90 minutes to reach the summit, and 10 minutes to come down.
A re-post of photos from my February morning at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
Wifey, Auntie C and I took our kids to the Sand Dunes for some sand boarding. It was a lot of fun and the kids got sand in places they didn’t even knew they had. Wifey and I did take our turn at sand boarding and we each had a blast. We are still getting sand out. Its a great way to spend an afternoon.
1. The temperature. It doesn’t get as hot as the low deserts.
2. The sunsets on the sand.
3. The lack of humidity. Your hair always stays put. No friz, no humidity slouching curls to sad stringyness. Not alot of product needed. Easier on the budget.
4. The illusion of stamina. When you visit people in a lower altitude, they really believe you are more athletic than you really are because you don’t get out of breath as fast.
5. Zeroscaping. There are only a few ambitious crazies (like my parents) who insist on bucking nature and creating their own little oasis in the sand. The rest of us enjoy a mow free Sunday (or at least minimal grass/lawn maintenance), while the crazies water and water and water and water and mow and then water again. It’s great fun to watch.
6. Sand. I know. It’s weird but it’s like having the beach without the sharks or humidity or hurricanes or tsunamis or crowds of people.
7. Wide open spaces. There aren’t that many people who like it here like I do so there is not alot of population to deal with.
8. Mountains. I love the majesty of the mountains.
9. Skiing. I used to ski alot. Then I learned to snowboard and I did that too. But now, I’m to out of shape to do it but my husband, and hopefully children, have quick cheap access to a little not-so-well known ski resort with 4 lifts and few lines. It’s awesome.
10. The hot springs. There are hot springs EVERYWHERE up here. We are surrounded by natural beauty and if you can find it, it provides you with so much fun!
So far I have been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in late summer, winter, and now Spring. There really isn’t a bad time of year to go. Every season provides its own spectacular beauty. It makes is much fun to photograph and just to have fun with your family.