Mariah at Great Sand Dunes National Park

A trip to Colorado to visit talented Denver-based photographer artist, Mariah Ehlert and her  fun-loving border collies Indigo & Jones, brought us to one of the most amazing places I have ever seen.  Sometimes it’s just the being there that matters.  The appreciation of  time spent with much-loved canine and human company in an amazing landscape made this a day I will always remember.  It was a journey to be absorbed and enjoyed, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve on a glorious December day is an inspiring place to be!

We traveled light, I took only my Nikon D750 with the 50mm f1.4G lens and Mariah her Nikon D7100 and 35mm f1.8 DX lens.   We allowed Indy and Jones to take us where the will took them whilst we enjoyed being there, wandering sometimes seperately  and sometimes together, making unplanned images as we went along.  An incredible and paradoxical landscape unfolded before us, high desert sand dunes clad in the softest and driest of powdery snow bathed in clear, dry air and hot sun.

This was one of those days that I didn’t want to end.  A landscape so jaw-droppingly beautiful and unusual left me pinching myself.  America is an astonishing country of extremes and I love to visit, you could spend a lifetime exploring here and only scratch at the surface.  I’m  grateful for the opportunity to visit The Great sand Dunes and I appreciated the company, the landscape and the day!

 

 

Snow Queens.  Mariah and Indigo.

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah Ehlert, Indy & Jones

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah, Indy & Jones

Simple equipment, simple compositions, a simply amazing location!  Nikon D750 with 50mm f1.4G.

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah Ehlert, Indy & Jones

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah, Indy & Jones

 

A day at Great Dunes National Park and Preserve, enjoyed to the fullest!

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah Ehlert, Indy & Jones

At Great Sand Dunes National Park with Mariah, Indy & Jones

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