Standing on the Big Dune in #greatsanddunesnationalpark and looking over the veritable ocean of sand one can't help to feel small. When I made this shot the wind picked up and the back of my neck got sand blasted and just reminded me of the rough wilderness we were in. As if the dunes weren't impressive enough, the Sangre de Cristos mountains hug up against the sand dunes and towering to the sky above. It's quite an impressive sight. There's a lot of texture in this shot. Texture of the sand dunes, texture in the mountains, and texture in the sky. ---------------------------------------------------------------
That little nipple on the horizon is Pikes Peak from 140 miles away as seen from a few miles north of the CO/NM border. Pikes Peak has one of the largest view sheds of any US mountain rising 9,000' above the plains below and can be seen from both New Mexico and Wyoming. This is probably the furthest view I've ever photographed and I find this kind of stuff fascinating so more to come...
Another from Saturday... waning sun in Raspberry Gulch on descent from Red Mountain (12,994 ft) in the northern #Sangres . Still some fall colors hanging on for dear life out there...although maybe not after today... #falltowinter#colorado#sangredecristos
Hiking with Dad & @lonestar5020
in the North Fork of the Rio La Casa |
1. The crew taking in the view of the three forks from Walker Flats.
2. Looking across the Pyramid Peak ridge at Cebolla and the three bowls that our cabin looks directly onto.
3. I taught Dustin & Dad to smell the vanilla/butterscotch smelling sap of the ponderosa pines.
4. Just getting into the vivid yellow of the aspens at 10,131'.
5. Looking back with the #MonteAplanado area where we live in the near background and the high plains of eastern New Mexico in the distance.
6. Going from light to shadow on the 2nd switchback of FS trail #233 .
7. Finding a hole through a tangle of downed trees on the trail.
8. Yours truly, stoked from a nice hike. We turned around before reaching North Fork Lake at the trail junction at just under 11k, but it was a spectacular day, and the first time in at least 5 years since I've been on the trail with either of these great men. It was a fun fall day.
I feel both intimidated and completed held. All of my worries, my insecurities, are nothing compared to this. My Cheerios though, well I almost lost them somewhere back in that saddle as we weaved through the gold.