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The Great Dunes of Colorado

The Great Dunes of Colorado

When you say Colorado - the thought that comes to most people's minds is one of jagged mountains - the Colorado Rockies and continental divide. Perhaps you think of the stunning gorges of the Black Canyon on the Gunnison. What you probably don't think of, are some of North America's most spectacular sand dunes.

Though they've become very, very popular, the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado are a positively spectacular spot. The dunes themselves are windswept and mighty with 700+ foot drifts which sit at the feet of 12,000+ foot peaks.

In early summer, and dependent on weather, you'll also get a snow melt-fueled stream that snakes between the greenery and the dunes serving up a surreal divider and rich nursery for mosquitoes.

As always, my shots are edited with basic modifications and a quasi-NatGeo inspired aesthetic. No artificial light added. Only cropping and lens spots removed. Most shots are single exposure takes.

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Photo taken on 7 July 2019 (© virtualwayfarer / Flickr)

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