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This is one of my favorite vantage points in all of Colorado. Even though this view is seen directly from the road leading into Great Sand Dunes National Park, it is a shot that has eluded me for many years. I've spent many sunsets at this exact spot, but have never come away with exactly what I wanted. What I love about this scene is the contrast between the jagged peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and the soft lines and warm colors of the dunes below. On this particular spring evening, I wasn't even expecting to get a photo from this location because the mountains were completely socked in with clouds. As always, I decided to stick around and see what happened, because you never know when mother nature is going to give you a gift. After a bit of waiting, the weather started to move eastward past the dunes. The mountains were first to appear and I was delighted to see a fresh dusting of snow capping the high peaks. A heavy rain storm moved across the dunefield, and like a curtain, unveiled the entire scene. Finally I got the image I've wanted of one of my favorite views.

Great Sand Dunes National Park - Colorado

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-09-18
As ~ElementalSpirits says in her comment; "The thing that gets me most about this photo is how unreal it all feels, having snow caps, rugged mountains, sand dunes and grassland all in the same shot. [...] Truly inspiring. I couldn't agree more!

Unveiled by ~Nate-Zeman ( Featured by Anoya )
Ka-Rei Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
Wow! That looks amazing. The dunes look very pretty. It's interesting how their tops are having a sort of rim.
The composition is fantastic. The grass in front of the dunes and behind them. Overall it looks like different worlds get compressed on a very small area - the flatlands, dune desert, hill forests, and snowy mountains.
FramedByNature Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Photographer
Fantastic work! :highfive:

Just wanted to let you know that your shot was featured in my latest Journal! :)
my-shots Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014

please, d't forget about our Photo Contest - :)
DanCrystalis Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the stark contrast between the land in this piece, amazing scene
jerrymia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Just stunning - thank you for sharing.
kapala01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Looks like three different worlds!
James-Silverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow, that looks awesome.
gee231205 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The contrast between the mountains and the dunes is wonderful for both the textures and the colours and the weather conditions have given a great atmosphere to the shot.
bhalstead Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Photographer
A fabulous juxtaposition of textures!
alellencioniscola Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist
that great landscape
Yeehaapix Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Dunes/desert and snow in a single photo! :)
lori77 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Wooooooooooooooooow, breathtaking!
augenweide Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
featured: light inspiered

Autumn walk pt.X. by =realityDream Follow the Path by ~IndigoSummerr
The Rail goes ever on... by *Celem Autumn Kaleidoscope by ~tourofnature -Charming present- by *Janek-Sedlar
Kirnitzsch by *TobiasRichter The Clarity of Autumn by ~tourofnature Unknown Germany pt. XXXVI by ~TheChosenPesssimist

-Moravian lines- by *Janek-Sedlar San Francisco, unseen night by *alierturk -Moravian fields III- by *Janek-Sedlar
Reinefjorden Rainbow by =Dave-Derbis Spring by ~MindShelves Laugahraun by ~matthieu-parmentier
Alpine Firmament by ~davidrichterphoto Small by *Nelleke Autumn morning by ~Aphantopus
Blue Ice by ~KennethSolfjeld Discoverer by ~uberfischer Colossus by ~Inebriantia
Nordlys by ~steinliland The Horseman by ~tihomirmladenov Aurora Borealis by *porbital
Assiniboine Sunset by ~Dani-Lefrancois Guardians of the Ice Temple by ~matthieu-parmentier Giants in Winter by ~FlorentCourty

The Mytic North - Pt. XI by ~TheChosenPesssimist La Billaude by ~matthieu-parmentier Muuratjoki by *m-eralp
Silent Whispers by *Nelleke Maerchenwald by *RobinHalioua Light and Dark by *dysterwald
In Love with Fall by ~LarsVanDeGoor The Dream Tree by *StefanHefele Elder Souls by ~FlorentCourty
Hersones Cape by ~Trashins Reha nera thunderstorm RN10 after sunset wallpaper by ~LemnosExplorer Reflected by *m-eralp
Behemoth Stranded by ~uberfischer Winter is Coming by *cprmay Iceberg Beach by *porbital
Sunlight and Storm by *cprmay Puerto Natural by ~nahojsennah Hell on Earth - Long exposure by ~matthieu-parmentier

Buddhalassie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013

What a winning combination Nate! I am awe-inspired by your country's majestic scenery - it is spellbinding! And your good fortune and technique have rewarded you royally with this brilliant shot of a brilliant moment!


djohn9 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Now that's drama!
DorotejaC Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
batmantoo Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

Congratulations Nate on your well deserved DD! :)

acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, you have been featured here!
Would be nice if you´d stop by and have a look. Thank you!
Pit7 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
great scenery! +fav
JaclynTanemura Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your work has been featured here:… :boogie:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Anoya Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Photographer
I've featured your work here: APN Daily Deviations - August/September 2013! :heart:
notanartist7 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
I've been to the Great Sand Dunes.  It's as beautiful as this.
s-kmp Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
:w00t: This lovely piece has been featured here Raw-Nature Feature 31 at :iconraw-nature:
EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Amazing landscape :wow:, congrats :clap:
younghappy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the contrast between the soft textures of the dunes and jagged peaks above.  Excellent photograph :D
fishofglass Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
very good!
SylveryFox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :wow:
gigi50 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous contrast between sand~ the mountains and sky :wow:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photograph. :)
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image. A very well deserved DD :D
FunkyCake Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
beautiful capture!
Naturefirst Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
First time I have been compelled to comment on DA. Best GSDNP shot I have ever seen. I caught a first snow of October one time with the creek and the mountains but not the right light on the dunes. Good thing I get 3 days in Colorado at the end of the month or this photo would make me sad That I do not get out there any more.
fredfirth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on this phenomenal shot and the DD!  I try to get a good shot of the dunes every time I go over there.  So far, this has been what I think is my best:  [link]
LemnosExplorer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Artist
fantastic tonality and details
blanket86 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I like this style, great composition! Congratulations!
Rozalind Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Photographer
Brilliant. :)
Amjad-Miandad Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
kaylazomglions Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I just saw this somewhere and the caption was "welcome to the four seasons"
aFletcherKinnear Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So is this like the sample platter of geography?

WhiteSquaw Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
IllEatYourself Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Four different climates all in one?  I LOVE IT!!
BKrootz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed, this photo is incredible, and the view on the way to the Colorado sand dunes is incredible. Amazing photo, and congrats on the well-deserved DD!
montygm Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Beautiful and very spectacular place. Quite unusual to see snow and sand dunes together. Quite a contrast. Great exposure.
segura2112 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Stunning beauty. Thank You and congrats on the DD.
Arcticwolfhowler Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I spent a summer working up in the Sangre de Cristos and managed to get out here a time or two. Beautiful capture of a great place.
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ScorpiousChan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous shot of a surreal and awe-inspiring landscape! Thank you for sharing it with us. :heart:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning! Congratulations on the DD!
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for capturing such an amazing glimpse of such an incredible scene. Utterly surreal and incredible.
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