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Pavel, Jimmy, and I decided to go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado,
and backpack into the backcountry. We were hoping for a good sunset and sunrise,
as well as moonset and moonrise. Unfortunately, there were too many clouds,
which spoiled the light a bit. Even though the photography was not great, the trip was.
Pavel and Jimmy made me laugh the whole time, and the feeling of sleeping
on the dunes in the backcountry was very unique.


Ready for the trail


Jimmy has no idea what's coming up.


Entering the backcountry (photo by Jimmy)


Starting the climb.


It's a lot harder than it looks


Taking a break (photo by Jimmy)


Climbing the tallest dune in the park.


Close to the top.


This is the highest dune in the park.


Pavel and Jimmy running towards the campsite.


This is an amazing panorama taken by Pavel, showing our campsite, the dunes, the huge mountains in the background, and all three of us.

 

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A MOVIE THAT JIMMY TOOK OF US RUNNING DOWN A DUNE.

 


We spent the afternoon/evening looking for cool photo locations.


I just ran down this dune, leaving big tracks.


I settled at this spot for sunset, but the magic light never happened.

     
This is the best light we had in the evening. Not great, but I still love this place.


After sunset, everything turned blue.


After sunset, a 15 sec exposure.


Another one from well after the sunset.


Jimmy enjoying the morning light.

     
The sunrise was not great, but I still loved the experience.


After breakfast and packing, we literally ran back to Medano creek.
It was fast and fun (photo by Jimmy).


Crossing the creek back to the car (photo by Jimmy)


On the way home. Jimmy looks very happy.