Mount Herard

The snow-capped Mount Herard overlooks the waters of the seasonal Medano creek and the ancient sand dunes of Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

Icy Sandy Creek

This is another look at Great Sand Dunes National Park’s Medano Creek with Herard Peak rising above the sand.

Herard Deer

A herd of deer seem to take in the stunning view of Herard Peak in Great Sand Dunes National Park. I followed this herd for about 45 minutes and they seemed as if they couldn’t care less that I was nearby. Keep in mind that I was using a 300mm lens and I would never encourage getting…

Herard Peaking

The is the 13,345′ Mount Herard, peaking over the saddle between two of the massive sand dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Camping in the Milky Way

Camping is a favorite pastime during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. Give me a really dark sky on a moonless night and I will sit for hours in awe of the majesty found in the night sky. I took this picture while camping in the Luis State Park near Great Sand Dunes National Park…

Path into the Wild

This is another look at the beautiful boardwalk in the Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area near Saguache, Colorado. It seemingly leads across the San Luis Valley into the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range beyond.

Medano Creek

This is another look at the seasonal Medano Creek in Great Sand Dunes National Park. Standing at 13,340′, Herard Peak looms over this beautiful landscape.

Sand Mountain

The size of a sand dune can be hard to grasp from a single image. These are featureless landscapes and as such could be small ant hills or massive mountains. Footprints and the lone hiker help to speak to the size of this dune in Great Sand Dunes National Park. The silhouette of the hiker making his way up…

Snowy Desert

Medano Creek and Sand Creek are the unique driving forces that work with the wind to create the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park. The creeks are created when the snow melts in the Spring, but the existence of snow in such a dry desert landscape is a peculiar juxtaposition. It is a surreal experience to walk…

Path of Tranquility

My wife and I discovered Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area near Saguache, Colorado by chance. It is a beautifully serene area nestled between the mountain ranges and not far from Great Sand Dunes National Park. It’s inhabitants seem to be mostly small birds, but the park’s location is breathtaking.

Dune Worm

Those are granules of sand that make up the ground in this photo and thusly give you the scale of this little worm. I found this tiny creature inching its way across the desert sands in Great Sand Dunes National Park. I’m not sure where he was going, but I knew it would be long time before he…

Sand, Wind, & Water

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is bordered on two sides by 13,000′ mountains. Herard Peak is seen here. As the snow melts in April and May it creates a wide shallow creek on the eastern edge of the dunes. This is the seasonal Medano Creek. It is perhaps my favorite part of the park…