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Dunes Sunset with Crestone Peaks

Sunset at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, CO reveals the natural order of things. At the bottom of the image is the verdant San Luis Valley. Hidden below that, extending 10,000 feet deep is the aquifer that brings life to the surrounding area. Behind the valley floor are the beautiful sand formations of Great Sand Dunes National Park. The most prominent one in the image is Star Dune, the tallest dune in North America. Further back is a slope that leads up to the nearest peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (off the image to the right). Farther back is the jagged line of 14,294' Crestone Peak's twin summits, at one time considered unclimbable. Behind the peaks are wind-whipped clouds, representing that invisible companion that constantly scrubs the sand below of all evidence of human trespass. Forming the final backdrop is a dramatic layering of high, dark clouds bringing new rain to the mountains, from where it will eventually flow to the aquifer, bringing the remarkable sand with it. Imaged August 2006.



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Mark DoironRe: WOW

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Heh-heh! I promise it isn't!--mark d.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 5:35 pm

RyanSAwesome!

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This pic is now featured prominently on the Sand Dunes page.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 3:48 pm

Mark DoironRe: Awesome!

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Holy cow, Ryan, thanks!--mark d.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 5:37 pm

RyanSRe: Awesome!

RyanS

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My pleasure! Y'know, if you hadn't been up against the 'Touching the Void' peak, Siula Grande, you'd have won Picture of the Week, I have no doubt.
Posted Aug 13, 2006 3:31 pm

Mark DoironRe: Awesome!

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Thanks, Ryan. POW would have been nice, but I'm just delighted that so many folks enjoyed the image.--mark d.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 11:46 am

pvangeenenOoooh beautifull.

pvangeenen

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Very nice and beautifull landscape you have captured here, I like it very much it gives too me a feeling of being there, and it's so much different than all the other photo's.

Tfs, Pierre.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 6:03 pm

Mark DoironRe: Ooooh beautifull.

Mark Doiron

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Thank you, Pierre, for the very nice words.--mark d.
Posted Aug 10, 2006 6:10 pm

hobbes23SUPER

hobbes23

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AWESOME SHOT MARK. I NEED TO GO THERE SOON!
Posted Aug 21, 2006 6:57 am

Mark DoironRe: SUPER

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Thanks, Hobbes23! It is a beautiful place. --mark d.
Posted Aug 21, 2006 12:37 pm

Dan the JonesCan't believe it's real.

Dan the Jones

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It is pictures like this that have me contaplating my own existence late at night. Thanks
Posted Oct 8, 2006 4:49 pm

Mark DoironRe: Can't believe it's real.

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Thanks, Dan the Jones, for taking a look and for saying that it meant something to you. :-) --mark d.
Posted Oct 8, 2006 10:11 pm

Bob SihlerDunes

Bob Sihler

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Some shot!
Posted Oct 16, 2006 12:41 am

Mark DoironRe: Dunes

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Thanks for looking and the comment! I've really been enjoying the work you've posted to SP, too. --mark d.
Posted Oct 16, 2006 11:48 am

tuntunOh.

tuntun

Voted 10/10

This is really Amazing. Till now I have ever seen the best. Thanks for sharing your great photos.
Tun
Posted Dec 6, 2006 9:30 am

Mark DoironRe: Oh.

Mark Doiron

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Again, thanks, Tuntun, especially for the really nice compliment. --mark d.
Posted Dec 6, 2006 3:12 pm

EleutherosSurreal

Eleutheros

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Posted Feb 21, 2007 5:11 am

Mark DoironRe: Surreal

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Thanks, Eleutheros! Someone else commented that it reminds them of Lord of the Rings.

--mark d.
Posted Feb 21, 2007 12:38 pm

BazZBizar

BazZ

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Pffff thats a nice one, congratulations
Posted Mar 18, 2007 10:00 pm

Mark DoironRe: Bizar

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Thanks, BazZ! --mark d.
Posted Mar 19, 2007 11:11 am

shiloh GodshallWOW!

shiloh Godshall

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I too have a son whom I share a passion for nature with! I cannot wait until the day when I can say we can get away for such extended lengths to experience such AMAZING places as this! Thank you for your photo!
Posted Mar 20, 2007 2:41 am

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Mark DoironSubmitted by Mark Doiron
on Aug 9, 2006 12:48 am

Image ID: 214103
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Lat/Lon: 37.77126°N / 105.56419°W
Object Title: Dunes Sunset with Crestone Peaks

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