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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!

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for looking, Shiloh! Yes, it's great to be able to spend time with my son--they grow up so very fast. :-( --mark d.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 10:13 am

eric.degiuliGreat scene

eric.degiuli

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The lighting is magnificent! I would like to see a horizontal rendition.
Posted Jun 15, 2007 3:51 pm

Mark DoironRe: Great scene

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for looking, Eric. Yes, we waited around for the clouds to cooperate and let the sun shine through. Patience paid off! I'll have to dig through CDs to find the horizontal shots, but when I get some time I'll see if I can do that for you. Again, thanks for looking! :-) mark d.
Posted Jun 16, 2007 7:43 am

mnicholsGreat Sand Dunes are amazing

mnichols

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The Sand Dunes--and the Sangre de Cristo mountains nearby--comes together as my favorite place in Colorado. The mountains, the improbability of the dunes, they both contribute to its sheer natural beauty.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 3:35 pm

Mark DoironRe: Great Sand Dunes are amazing

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It is a great place. I see you're at the academy. I'm retired USAF (27-1/2 years), and have a daughter currently active duty USAF, as well as her husband. Enjoy your career--I'm sure you'll find it a challenge! :-) --mark d.
Posted Sep 23, 2007 6:38 pm

Dan Helmstadternice

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There is something special about that peak. nice going captureing that bueaty.
Posted Sep 28, 2007 2:13 pm

Mark DoironRe: nice

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for looking and the complement, Dan! --mark d.
Posted Sep 30, 2007 4:57 pm

runawayreignbowabsolutely

runawayreignbow

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stunning!! your photos are just incredible...
Posted Oct 22, 2008 1:56 pm

Mark DoironRe: absolutely

Mark Doiron

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Thanks for the very nice comment, Runawayreignbow! --mark d.
Posted Oct 22, 2008 1:59 pm

Mark DoironRe: That is an unusual place.

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, Alec, and good luck to you and your family on their quest. --mark d.
Posted Sep 27, 2009 7:59 am

SenadRGreat shot!

SenadR

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I love the area, amazing peaks!
Posted Dec 23, 2009 3:01 pm

Mark DoironRe: Great shot!

Mark Doiron

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Thanks, SenadR, it is a beautiful place! --mark d.
Posted Dec 24, 2009 7:27 am

Silvia MazzaniAlmost a paint!

Silvia Mazzani

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Artistic shot, it seems almost a paint.
ciao

silvia
Posted May 15, 2012 5:44 pm

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

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

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