Foggy Dunes January 27, 2013

Got up at 4am and drove to the Dunes.  Dense fog and icy roads slowed me down a bit, but I managed to get up to High Dune in time for sunrise. The wind was biting and the sand was rock hard and frosted. A fog bank along the Sangres lifted and swirled around as the sun rose. A very surreal experience!
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Moon Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Full moon sets behind the dunes as I arrive half an hour before sunrise. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Sunrise

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sun rises behind the Sangres. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Silver Lining

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Backlit fog bank and dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Beacon

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Interesting light above the fog bank. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Stormy Weather

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Cap cloud over mount herard. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Pink Pano

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Panorama looking North. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Foggy peaks

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Fog rises up High Dune. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Misty Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Fog veils the Dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dawn of the Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Mysterious atmosphere as I traverse the steep frozen dunes in late January. A fog bank creeps up the dunes in the distance. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dawn Pano

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Panorama of the dune field below, as fog creeps up the Medano Creek bed. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Patterns and Mood

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Odd patterns of frost and snow on the dune field below. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Strange Lines

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Odd colors and lines in the sand. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dunes Dawning

Great Sand Dunes National Park

The swirling fog created rapidly changing patterns of warm morning light on the sand. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dunes Dawning II

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Swirling fog creates dramatic light on the dune mass. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Surreal Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Surreal light caused by the fog sweeping across the dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dunes Drama

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Dramatic light as the fog begins to burn off. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Fog in Black and White

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Black and white look at the fog streaming up the dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Sandy Sea of Fog

Great Sand Dunes National Park

A sea of fog moves across the dunes below high dune. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Big Foggy Pano

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Wide view of the foggy dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Dunes on the Moon

Great Sand Dunes National Park

The bright fog makes the dunes look like the surface of some alien planet. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Fog Bow

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Crazy Fog Bow! Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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Frosty Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Frosted grasses in front of the foggy dunes. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.

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La Veta

La Veta Pass, Colorado

Snow dusted trees and colorful shrubs from La Veta Pass. Photo © copyright by Stan Rose.