Sand Dunes across the years

Last week I went back to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park. I first visited the dunes back (I think) in 2002, when it was still a National Monument, and for a long time one of the favorite photographs of mine was the image below. It’s from a pullout on the road opposite the park entrance sign, shot on Fuji Provia and then drum scanned.

Great Sand Dunes National Monument, 2002

Seventeen years on the tree is still there, though it doesn’t seem to be growing in the harsh environment. This time around I framed a wider shot against a summer sunset sky.

Great Sand Dunes National Park, 2019

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