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Spent the long weekend in Colorado, the place that got me into photography a decade ago, and fell even more in love with it than I was before.

Various locations in the state of Colorado. July 2016. (Instagram)

A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of Dream Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo courtesy of Eric Schuette.

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Tatahatso Point, Grand Canyon.

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Singing sand avalanche, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Have you ever heard sand sing? Listen to 15 seconds of this bizarre phenomenon!
Just as our own voices are made by air moving through vibrating vocal chords, a humming sound is made at Great Sand Dunes as air is pushed through millions of tumbling sand grains during an avalanche. Avalanches occur naturally during storms, but can also be created by people pushing sand down a dune face.
In the 1940s, one of Bing Crosby’s musical hits was “The Singing Sands of Alamosa” - a love song based on the sounds of Great Sand Dunes. This humming sound continues to inspire people today!

This picture of Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in Colorado is a perfect combination of stone, sand, snow and light. The Sangre de Cristo (“Blood of Christ”) Mountains were named by early explorers for the crimson light that often appears on them at sunrise or sunset. The red color is especially vivid when the mountains and dunes are covered with snow. Photo by Patrick Myers, National Park Service.

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As popular as the Maroon Lake View Point may be, it still stuns me how incredible the Maroon Bells and the surrounding peaks are. It becomes the obvious reason why so many people line up here to see this for themselves. Here are a few of my favorite timelapses from my many visits there over different seasons. Music: @jteveringham 

Hiking through the fog is a totally different experience and brings a whole new character to a day in the mountains.  All you can see is the trail and forest right in front of you and the grand scenery becomes much more intimate.  The air is calm and quiet, I find it to be quite relaxing. 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - July 2014

Shot Notes:

Fuji Pro160NS 4x5, 90mm Caltar Lens
8 seconds at f32, polarizing filter

Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado encourages you to follow your wild spirit and see what’s over the horizon. In any season, the views are epic and the experiences are unforgettable. Stopping to take a picture of one of the most beautiful sunsets he’d ever seen, photographer Brandon Sharpe noticed “an elk doing his thing” and snapped this incredible image. Photo courtesy of Brandon Sharpe.