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 Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 10, 2006 5:35 pm - Hasn't voted


Heh-heh! I promise it isn't!--mark d.


RyanS - Aug 10, 2006 3:48 pm - Voted 10/10


This pic is now featured prominently on the Sand Dunes page.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 10, 2006 5:37 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Holy cow, Ryan, thanks!--mark d.


RyanS - Aug 13, 2006 3:31 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Awesome!

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.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 14, 2006 11:46 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Awesome!

Thanks, Ryan. POW would have been nice, but I'm just delighted that so many folks enjoyed the image.--mark d.


pvangeenen - Aug 10, 2006 6:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Ooooh beautifull.

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.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 10, 2006 6:10 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ooooh beautifull.

Thank you, Pierre, for the very nice words.--mark d.


hobbes23 - Aug 21, 2006 6:57 am - Hasn't voted



Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Aug 21, 2006 12:37 pm - Hasn't voted


Thanks, Hobbes23! It is a beautiful place. --mark d.

Dan the Jones

Dan the Jones - Oct 8, 2006 4:49 pm - Voted 10/10

Can't believe it's real.

It is pictures like this that have me contaplating my own existence late at night. Thanks

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 8, 2006 10:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Can't believe it's real.

Thanks, Dan the Jones, for taking a look and for saying that it meant something to you. :-) --mark d.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Oct 16, 2006 12:41 am - Voted 10/10


Some shot!

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 16, 2006 11:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Dunes

Thanks for looking and the comment! I've really been enjoying the work you've posted to SP, too. --mark d.


tuntun - Dec 6, 2006 9:30 am - Voted 10/10


This is really Amazing. Till now I have ever seen the best. Thanks for sharing your great photos.

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Dec 6, 2006 3:12 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Oh.

Again, thanks, Tuntun, especially for the really nice compliment. --mark d.


Eleutheros - Feb 21, 2007 5:11 am - Voted 10/10



Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Feb 21, 2007 12:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Surreal

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

--mark d.


BazZ - Mar 18, 2007 10:00 pm - Voted 10/10


Pffff thats a nice one, congratulations

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Mar 19, 2007 11:11 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Bizar

Thanks, BazZ! --mark d.

shiloh Godshall

shiloh Godshall - Mar 20, 2007 2:41 am - Hasn't voted


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!

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