Windswept Dunes

The trip to The Great Sand Dunes National Park was definitely an adventure this weekend. The saying here in Colorado is that if you don’t like the weather now, just wait 10 minutes and it will change. I had looked the extended forecast before planning this trip and the forecast looked like it was going to be a nice weekend.  Well that changed and Colorado was hit with a nice snowstorm that affected most of the state including the San Luis Valley where the Sand Dunes are located.

Ryan Wright and I arrived to 40+ mile an hour winds and when the sun dropped it was a bone chilling wind. When we arrived there was still four hours of daylight left so we decided to head out in the wind and hike around the dunes in hopes of getting some images in the late afternoon sun. The hike was brutal with especially with when the wind blew straight into your face. The sand just felt like little needles poking you in the face. Hiking in the dunes is already a good workout, especially when every step you take you sink into the sand 3-4 inches with every step. If you want a good workout, this is the place to go! The one thing I’ll say is that when you finally finish the hike you certainly feel a sense of accomplishment!

Windswept Dunes
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Capture Notes:

  • Glad you pressed on, this is fantastic! Love the soft colors and beautiful lines.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Erin!

  • chrisnitz

    Nice job with the hike, but I think I’d take a Wrangler with sand paddles for that! Pretty shot man!

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Chris. I wish they allowed vehicles on the Dunes but then I guess it would probably ruin what is there.

  • ljsaltiel

    Loving the play of light and shadows here Rick. I really need to visit there.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Len. Let me know if you decide to come out.

  • Chris Frailey

    Way to endure the elements for the shot. Way cool.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Chris!

  • Wow stunning shot Rick.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Edith!

  • Michael Criswell

    very nice Rick