Pictures in the Sand Panorama–Click on image for greater detail

Great Sand Dunes Panorama 1B-a-small

As promised, I’m back with more from our recent trip. And it’s another giant panorama! This one is from the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the southernmost park or monument we visited on our vacation, at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in Colorado. If you click on the image to bring up the full-sized version, the intricate patterns on the sand will be more apparent. (And if you look especially closely, you’ll see the little “ants” on the sand hills–which are really people exploring the dunes!)

I’ve visited the Great Sand Dunes many times, as I used to live not far away. I’m not sure I’ve ever been there on a sunny day after a night of steady rain, however. Normally the only pattern you see is that of the sandy mountains themselves, brought about by the relentless and shifting winds. But as the rain evaporated from the sands on this fine morning, we got to see the additional mosaic of sand drying at different rates, creating swirls and whorls like the undulations of a fingerprint. A masterpiece of nature in the works, but an ephemeral one, complemented perfectly by the lovely high clouds in an otherwise sapphire blue sky.

Here is another single image showing the marbling in the sand even more clearly:

Great Sand Dunes Marbled Sand 1a-small

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