Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is a United States National Park located in the easternmost parts of Alamosa County and Saguache County, Colorado, United States. Originally designated Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve was created by an act of the United States Congress on September 13, 2004. The park contains approximately 85,000 acres (340 km˛, 130 mi˛).
The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres (77 km˛). They are perhaps 12,000 years old
The dunes were formed from sand deposits of the Rio Grande and its tributaries, flowing through the San Luis Valley. Over the ages, westerly winds picked up sand particles from the river flood plain. As the wind lost power before crossing the Sangre de Cristo Range, the sand was deposited on the east edge of the valley. This process continues, and the dunes are slowly growing. The wind changes the shape of the dunes daily.
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testmaniac (13508) 2008-06-27 22:58
Hi Henryk,nice landscape,colors and composition. Great place and view!
TFS and best regards,
romanaa (7982) 2008-06-27 23:19
great textures and colours in your shot. The black dot of a man is a bonus to your photograph and how did you make the clouds copy the patterns of the sand? :-)
Taw (423) 2008-06-27 23:19
very nice composition and frame!
mkamionka (32297) 2008-06-27 23:52
Unrealistic in a good sense.
Sky pattern is almost horizontal and perpendicular to the ground pattern.
And the tiny person (?) in a distance giving the picture a scale.
Nice colors too.
totoamoto (2519) 2008-06-28 0:31
on peut compter les grains de sables..
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-06-28 8:15
fantastic depth, interesting texture of the sand, the far away person add a lot to the composition
baba_flies (8829) 2008-06-28 8:20
Hello Henryk! When I first read that Colorado has not only high mountains but also sanddunes to offer I was really amazed. It is not even two weeks ago when we were hanging over the map not sure if we should visit this park or not but decided against it due to the long driving. But when I see what I missed with your fanstastic post I would love to stand there again and have it a go. I really like the long lines that lead us in and let us float over the sand with our eyes and the bit of blue sky left. I like that you have this person standing in the sand, it gives us an idea how huge these dunes are. Excellent photo work indeed, good! Barbara.
cobraphil8 (82) 2008-06-28 10:33
it's really a stunny shot !
This landscape is amazing, I like the textures and this impression of immensity that emerges.
The man give an even greater dimension to this composition.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-06-28 14:35
Wow, an amazing vertical perspective of a huge landscape of sand and sky. Well see, good idea, a great light and colors. TFS. Gerald
eversmile (11636) 2008-07-01 8:38
I love it. Composition, sharpness, texture, perspective and this electric sky. A magical vision... with a lonesome cowboy in the far end.
Congratulations and regards,
essie (169) 2008-07-15 14:53
Very nice photo! I love the texture in the sand and clouds, and the intense blue in the sky. Plus, the figure in the distance really helps to emphasize the scale of the dunes. Thanks for sharing!
korbee (6617) 2012-04-25 9:10
I realy enjoyed your galery,theres lots of differences and like this one ,you are able to make something really special of just a few ingredients,just the sand and the sky,this looks great!.
- Copyright: Henryk Sadura (benkrut) (2407)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-29
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon XSI
- Exposure: f/22, 1/25 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-06-27 19:21