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February 25, 2010

2010 Feb 5-6 Great Sand Dunes Nat’l Park shoot [29 images]

Filed under: Photography — Mike U @ 6:09 pm

Winter shooting and camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park. It was another one of my 3-day weekends off work the weekend of February 5-7, and I wanted to get a winter shoot in somewhere in northern New Mexico and/or southern Colorado since I was scheduled to be in Clayton, NM for a photography talk on Thursday, February 4th.  It turned out that my scheduled talk in Clayton was put on hold due to a snowstorm, however the storm was expected to clear in time for the remainder of the weekend to be rather nice.  A couple weeks prior, I invited my good friend Michelle Douglass, who lives in Aurora, CO, to join me on this short little trip.  We decided to make a camping trip out of it, and since I had never done any cold weather camping before, I figured this would be a pretty cool (no pun intended) experience, since we both obviously love nature/outdoors and whatnot.  I met up with Michelle around mid-afternoon Friday 5th and we were essentially the only people in the park outside of perhaps a couple other hikers.  After setting up camp we did a late afternoon/evening shoot on the Medano creek bed as well as some landscape scenes from just a mile or so south of the park entrance.  The following morning we awoke to a morning low of about 12°F.  I was a little more prepared than she was for the cold, and the camping was Michelle’s idea :)   At any rate, it was fun, and we had some decent light for sunrise, although it could have been a little better.  After breaking camp, we hiked up the big 600 ft. dune, known as High Dune, near the main dune walk-in entrance area.  I enjoyed the lenticular cloud formations on the peaks of the Sangre de Cristos to the northeast of the dunes.  It was a very enjoyable couple of days with Michelle at the dunes!  After the hike, we had lunch at an Italian/pizza place in Fort Garland and then parted ways.  An album of images is below, enjoy!

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  1. Gorgeous set of photos Mike, what a bonus to score some lenticuluars!
    Another interesting spot to add to my list of things to see next time.

    Comment by Pat Boomer — February 28, 2010 @ 1:49 am

  2. Great shots Mike.
    Pictures #6 and #22 are my favorite…with #22 getting the nod for me. I really like the composition on that one.

    Comment by Charles Dalton — February 28, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

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