Sunflowers, Meteors, Sand Dunes Aug 13, 2011

My annual sunflower shoot at the Great Sand Dunes
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Bucking the Trend I

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I spent the late afternoon looking around for a good isolated sunflower with an appealing background, and settled on this guy!
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Bucking the Trend II

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

Vertical version
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Green is Good

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

The dune grasses always make a good subject, and I could really use my 24mm Tilt-shift to advantage here.
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A Star is Born

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I waited about an hour after sunset to take some shots of this sunflower. The moon was full so the dunes were quite visible still, but i bounced a bit of flash off the ground to add some highlite to the flower, and keep it on the sharp side in the 30-40 mph winds!
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Perseids

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

A couple meteors streak across the night sky, only the brightest could be seen in the bright moonlight.
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Perseids II

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

Black and White version of the Perseid shower over the dunes.
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Alone Again I

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I revisited this flower for sunrise.
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Alone Again II

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

Horizontal version.
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Dueling Waves

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I liked how the dunes mimicked the clouds.
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Backwards Ssunrise

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

Beautiful morning in the dunes!
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Study inThirds

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I was intrigued by the sharp crest of this dune.
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Depth of Space

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

My tilt-shift lens really shined for this abstract of sensuous curves looking deep into the dunes.
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A Flower's Life

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

I discovered this sunflower while walking back after sunrise. I did a similar comp a couple years back, but my tilt-shift lens really helped here to use a larger aperature with a higher ISO to keep the flower sharp in the breeze.
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Morning Has Broken

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

My morning sunflower as the sun rises.
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A Tough Life

Great Sand Dunes NP, Colorado

Life thrives in unexpected places...
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A great night and days in the dunes!