Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Where I Was

May 1979. I can still feel the freezing cold of the water as I walked through the stream to the dunes. The warmth of the sun and the chill of the morning breeze. The quietness broken only by the occasional laughter and voices of other visitors. It was a time of change. One stage of life ending and another beginning. A return to civilian life after 9 1/2 years in the Navy.

I purchased a postcard at the gift shop that I still have posted on the bulletin board next to my computer. It included a few words written by Ann Zwinger ". . . even in winter there is the promise of spring. . . The white of snow becomes the white of summer clouds. . . part of each season is contained in every other."

Anyone care to venture a guess as to where this picture was taken? A little hint, western United States ;-)

Update May 21, 2008 11:00 a.m
Craig Manson of Geneablogie fame has correctly identified the above scene as the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Located in the southwest corner of Colorado, it is an amazing area. It's on my list of places to visit, again. Someday.

Some incredibly nice photographs:

Children's artwork inspired by the dunes:

Links to more photographs:

There are a lot of other nice websites, just do a search for Great Sand Dunes...


Craig Manson said...

You must be in Colorado. That could be Pikes Peak in the background, so you could be near Colorado Springs, But your reference to the "dunes" makes me think you're near what's now known as Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Becky said...


Not Pikes Peak but rather Mount Herard in the Sangre de Cristo Range in the southwest corner of Colorado. On November 22, 2000 it became the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Whatever you want to call it, it is an awesome area!