Too Little

Great Sand Dunes


 Not enough, she said.


To watch the Pink Moon rise above

 Or walk barefoot through sand and

 Sense the cool and the heat

 Or taste the grit.

“A Bend of Mendano Creek”
Great Sand Dunes

 Too little, she said.


 To bask in the contrast

 Of colors and light and shadow

 And changing form too quick for the

 Pace of an eye.


 Insufficient, she said.


To venture to the crevices and rolls

 That always seem further than once thought

 And require a steady plod and rising pulse

 Simply to reach.

Great Sand Dunes

 Wanting, she said.


 To see the brave, strong sunflowers

 That manage with little encouragement

 And give life to another season and a favorable

 View of conditions.

“Rise and Fall”
Great Sand Dunes

 Incomplete, she said.


 Far more of the ordinary odyssey of

 Extraordinary perspectives that dare tease

 And remind to be wary and mindful and

 Drink the world in. 


Great Sand Dunes


 In advance, she said.


 Of that which vanishes.


Great Sand Dunes


These pictures were taken at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa, Colorado.  The dunes are the tallest in North America and cover 330 square miles against the backdrop of the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains.  Estimates of their age vary from 12,000 years to over a million years. 

70 thoughts on “Too Little

  1. Ohmygosh! The photographs and accompanying prose are absolutely breathtaking. I had NO idea there was ANY place like this in the United States. THANK YOU for sharing this with us.

  2. So beautiful photograps and so beautiful poetical touches into the words… You did a great post dear Bella, I am so glad to hear you again. Thank you, with my love,nia

  3. In June of 1930 Elizabeth Spencer of P.E.O. Chapter V, Monte Vista, Co, chaired a committee which included past P.E.O. state president Myrtle Woods and state treasurer and corresponding secretay Martha Jean Corlett. Along with other P.E.O. chapters in the area, local citizens and politicians, they began the campaign to have the area designated a National Monument and to protect it for the future. Martha’s husband was the former lieutenant governon of Colorado and he helped to prepare the petition which was presented to the Colorado Legislature. It passed both houses and then was presented in Washington and President Hoover proclaimed the establishment of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument on March 17, 1932.

  4. Absolutely beautiful. If I had a tenth of your skill and eye with photography, I would consider myself a photographer. You take it so much farther. And your words are so beautifully crafted, too.

  5. I didn’t know these existed until I started blogging. Someone featured them awhile back, and I was astounded to learn of them. Your lovely and well-thought words flow along with the scenery.

  6. I had no idea that there were sand dunes this gorgeous in the US. When I first looked at your photos I thought you were in Africa somewhere. That being said, your photos are stunning and I am a more informed person for seeing them.

    • Glad you liked them. The first afternoon we arrived the wind was blowing very hard and it was quite difficult hiking in the sandstorm….it felt like I’d hiked the Sahara.

  7. Amazing photos Bella. How far is this place from Denver/Highlands Ranch area? We are coming to CO in May and would love to see this if it’s a doable day trip. But our primary reason for visiting is seeing grandkids, so we don’t want to spend too much time traveling away from them.

    • It is about a 5 hour drive from Highlands Ranch. Best to have enough time to really hike up into the dunes—you don’t get the perspective and quiet of the place from the visitor’s center. Thanks Huffygirl 🙂

    • Hope you can spend some time here at some point. When my boys were growing we lived in the Midwest and spent summers at a dude ranch in Colorado. The best family vacations ever. Living here is the best, though I am not supposed to say that because we don’t want everybody to know our secret 🙂

  8. Colorado is one of the most photogenic states in America, but only as good as the photographer who captures it. Enter Winsomebella.

  9. Beautiful, striking images and words to accompany them – visual and written poetry. I love all the photos, but I think my favorite is Meander.

  10. I certainly missed this post. Simple and Strong! Aren’t those dunes so warm yet chilly at the same time.. Like they are only pausing with a cold eye.. c

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