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Walking in the desert can be quite unforgiving. You choose a path to get on the dune of your choice, but only after the first small dune you realize that there is a deep valley hiding behind it, meaning that sometimes you lose more altitude than you just gained from walking up. This can be quite exhausting in the sand of a desert.

Of course this also happened a couple of times to my buddy NicolasAlexanderOtto  and me when we were exploring this area in the Rocky Mountains last October, where the temperatures dropped below zero over night, hence the white sugar coating on the sand.

This was quite frustrating in the morning while we tried to be on a high dune on time for sunrise, but turned into fun after shooting sunrise, walking bare feet trough the sand and getting different sensations from either warm, heated-up sand and still ice-cold frozen sand from shady areas ;)


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Oct 19, 2018, 8:44:32 AM
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VasiDragos's avatar
This is so amazing!
Solan7's avatar
This is totally amazing! Wow, looks so unreal and beautiful! 
da-phil's avatar
it really was a surreal place, thank you ;)
Mrs-Durden's avatar
Hello! Your beautiful work has been featured here: Photography Roulette: Issue 2
da-phil's avatar
thank you very much :wave:
Faedora's avatar
Wow, so beautiful! Love the different textures of the sand, the soft colours and the picture composition
da-phil's avatar
thank you, I'm glad you like it ;)
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thanks for the feature ;)
GeaAusten's avatar
very beautiful !!
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hairyskeleton's avatar
Ah, Great Sand Dunes National Park I think, I've been there, loved it. Fusitites common, causing by lightning hitting the dunes and fusing the sand together.
da-phil's avatar
jup, you got it right, it's a great place, isn't it? ;)
LeahLovesNature's avatar
This looks like it could be another planet. I really want to go there now.
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it really had this otherworldly feeling to it when I visited, it's a surreal place for sure ;)
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RealEnough's avatar
This is in the Rocky Mountains? Mm. Getting some West Coast envy.
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yes, it's in the southeast of Colorado.
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What software is this?
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