Great Sand Dunes National Park Adventure - August 2016
It was a 15-hour drive from my land in the Ozarks to the dunes. It was an enjoyable trip to see the open country. I took a new route across Kansas, which surprised me. I expected boring flat lands with high winds, but I found something much more interesting via my new route. I have a new perspective about Kansas now.
I didn't know what to expect at the park. I have visited and explored many other national parks, but this place is unique in a lot of ways.
First, the layout of the park is not what I expected. It is basically one way in, and one way out via Highway 150. It is very easy to get comfortable with the layout and navigate to your destinations.
The dunes themselves were mystical and ever-changing. I sat at the foot of the dunes for three days and watched them morph and change with nature. They looked different in each part of the day as the light changed and between the winds and rain, they transformed right before my eyes. It was a study of light, form, and shape in one of the most enjoyable environments I could think of.
The landscape in the San Luis Valley (the land between the Sangre de Cristo range) is much more expansive and unique than I could have ever imagined. I loved watching and photographing the wildlife early in the mornings and in the evening as the sun was setting.
I plan to return next year with my large format gear to create some hand-made pure platinum prints of the dunes.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos from this trip.
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