Sand Dunes in Blue

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sand Dunes in Blue ©2008 Bo Mackison

After leaving Santa Fe, we spent a couple of days camping at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado. I wanted to photograph the dunes at sunrise. The temperatures had dropped into the teens in the early morning hours and iced the sculptured sand, making the trek up the dunes rather easy. It’s much easier to climb frozen dunes than to sink with every step into soft sand.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Joanna Young says:

    This is an incredible shot. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Wow! Awesome capture! I love the curves and the blues in the shadows–in the ice crystals. Excellent. 🙂

  3. Blue? Fantastic!

  4. Stunning shot! Who knew there was blue in the desert? Beautiful, simply beautiful.

  5. Gorgeous, Bo! Did you guys stay warm in your camper?

  6. This is what I consider “majestic beauty!”

  7. What a great shot! Beautiful scene: your timing was perfect!

  8. Blue is awesome.

  9. Beautiful capture. 🙂

  10. Amazingly beautiful! Those shadows and ice are really something.

  11. Wow. I love this shot. Looks like a painting. Amazing.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love the picture of the dunes – the shadow and ice looks amazing!

  13. wow, that is an awesome shot!

  14. It’s almost as if the sand is whipped mocha swirled and frozen.

  15. sweeping…chilled…and frosted. Worth getting up for.

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