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Sand Dunes

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.

dunes at Dusk HDR flat Dunes at Sunset flat dunes at Sunset tinted flat

Climbing the Dunes

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.

sand dunes in BW flat
in Black and White
the ascent flat
looking back what we just climbed. the picture doesn’t show how steep it really was.
panoramic shot flat
little panoramic shot of the dunes.
footprints in the sand flat
Footprints in the sand.
climbing high dune flat
Beginning our Trek
at the summit of high dune flat
At the summit of High Dune
ants on the sand flat
People looking like Ants


Our Saturday Afternoon

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.

abby and sebi boarding flat
Auntie C and her Boys and our 5 year old
cate sand dunes summer flat
our 3 year old chilling in the sand
kids and auntie C flat
Auntie C sand boarding along with kiddos
cousin teamwork flat
cousins working together
davey and abby boarding flat
first runs of the afternoon
sebi sand boarding flat
the oldest of the cousins
sand Dunes summer b&w flat
sand dunes in summer
sand Dunes in summer1 flat
sand dunes in summer
sand dunes summer cooling filter flat
sand dunes in summer with a cooling filter
sand Dunes summer flat
Sand Dunes in summer

10 Things I Love About the High Desert

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!

Playing at the Dunes (cont)

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.

building a dam flat
Building a little dam
abby carrying water flat
Abby playing in the water at the Sand Dunes
bird on a limb flat
Bird on a Limb
footprint flat
Footprint in the sand
unclejoshconstructing flat
Uncle Josh constructing a dam
alone in the wilderness flat
Alone in the wilderness
Cate splashing flat
Cate splashing in the water
abby the helper flat
Abby lending a helping hand
Sand Dunes in Spring flat
The beauty of the Sand Dunes
abby&cate in water flat
Girls wading through the water