Last weekend, I spent a couple of days at one of the newest national parks in the United States. Located near Alamosa, Colorado, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve moved towards national park status when the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Act of 2000 was signed into law setting the blueprint for additional land to be purchased. In 2004 the park changed from a National Monument after 97,000 additional acres of land was purchased with the assistance of the Nature Conservancy. When you think of sand dunes you may think warmth through the whole year, however at an elevation of 8100 feet and with the highest dunes rising some 750 feet it is a park which experiences all of the seasons. Additionally including several 13,000 peaks the park includes a diverse range of features.
The following image was taken just prior to the wind picking up late one afternoon as I was walking on the dunes. Using my wide angle lens and getting low to the surface I wanted to bring a scene which a person could easily step into the image and place themselves on the dunes.