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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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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!

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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!
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