A heard of deer grazing on the springtime plains of the Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Wildlife of the park and preserve includes pikas, bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions, beavers, badgers, bison, pronghorn, birds such as ptarmigan, peregrine falcons, owls, eagles, and herons, and reptiles such as lizards and snakes. Fish encountered in the park’s streams include the Rio Grande cutthroat trout and suckers. Insects such as beetles are common as well.
The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, rising about 750 feet (230 m) from the floor of the San Luis Valley on the western base of the Sangre de Cristo Range, covering about 19,000 acres (7,700 ha). Researchers say that the dunes started forming less than 440,000 years ago.
The dunes were formed from sand and soil deposits of the Rio Grande and its tributaries, flowing through the San Luis Valley. Over the ages, glaciers feeding the river and the vast lake that existed upon the valley melted, and the waters evaporated. Westerly winds picked up sand particles from the lake and river flood plain. As the wind lost power before crossing the Sangre de Cristo Range, the sand was deposited on the east edge of the valley. This process continues, and the dunes are slowly growing. The wind changes the shape of the dunes daily. Source: wiki
Close-up view of a pile of rusty nails. These were in front of an old mining cabin in an old mining ghost town Colorado Rocky Mountains high elevation above Boulder Colorado. Just love the look, feel and texture of these. Prints available online – Rusty Nails
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American Music – The octave of a piano keyboard with a USA American flag patriotic keys. Piano was my first love many years ago and my camera replaced my piano creativity, ( still have piano) and the USA flag of red, white and blue are my favorite colors and love for this country. Read the rest of this entry
Dreaming of warmer times during this deep freeze in Colorado and across the country. The sunshine always makes a difference. Here is a shot from our Arizona trip in North Scottsdale at my Moms. View out the door. Read the rest of this entry
Boulder Falls is located 11 miles west of Boulder, on the north side of Boulder Canyon Drive (SR 119) between Boulder and Nederland. It consists of five acres of mining claims that were given to the City of Boulder by Charles G. Buckingham, president and co-founder of Buckingham Brothers Bank (now Norwest Bank). Buckingham had held a U.S. Patent since 1881 on the American Mill site that included the Falls. He donated it to the City of Boulder for recreational purposes in 1914, hence “saving this beautiful spot from the encroachment of the great tungsten boom.”For many years the Boulder Falls (sometimes referred to as the “Yosemite of Boulder Canyon”), was the popular destination for picnic groups. Carryalls brought visitors up for a visit to the Falls, especially after the narrow gauge railroad washed out in the great flood of 1894. When the railroad was rebuilt four years later, stage and tourist travel was diverted and the popularity of Boulder Falls declined. Source: Boulder Colorado Gov. High contrast Boulder Falls black and white fine art print, stock image, and canvas art. James Insogna
The top of Boulder Canyon where the road comes up to the dam. Wind blowing across the Nederland Barker reservoir roand and dam or I dare say the Dam Road.